The Cincinnati Zoo’s tiger cubs are growing

Well, these cubs can’t do otherwise, can they?

Reader Michael is keeping tabs on the Cincinnati Zoo’s trio of tiger cubs, now two weeks old. They’re Malaysian tigers, and, rejected by their mom, they’re being hand-reared by zoo staff.

Is it too much to ask to pet one of these before I die?


  1. bluemaas
    Posted February 17, 2017 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    O’m’golly: .that. is just
    a darling – overload !

    I can’t hardly … …

  2. bric
    Posted February 17, 2017 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    A chiropractor?

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted February 17, 2017 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

      Yeah – that shocked me! Why not a veterinary physiotherapist? Perhaps there’s a quackery-free subgenre of the trade that I’m unaware of.

      • somer
        Posted February 17, 2017 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

        doubt it – Im told from medical friends that there are multiple cases of neck vertebrae fractures from Chiropractic injuries every year in the state

        • Mike
          Posted February 18, 2017 at 8:47 am | Permalink

          Shocked me as well.perhaps they have a Homeopathic Vet also.?

  3. busterggi
    Posted February 17, 2017 at 3:06 pm | Permalink


  4. abram
    Posted February 17, 2017 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    PCC, I can’t help but think that with your relatively high profile as a biologist and science communicator all you’d have to do is ask. But perhaps it’s not that easy?

    • Mark R.
      Posted February 17, 2017 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

      Donations are also a good way to gain favors. Though you’d probably have to donate a lot to get noticed.

  5. Mark R.
    Posted February 17, 2017 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Leche de Tigre…yummy!

  6. somer
    Posted February 17, 2017 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Completely delightful apart from the brief chiropractic intervention – the zoo should know better. But apart from that deevine!

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted February 17, 2017 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

      I think the zoo may** be a minor hotbed [warmbed?] of woo – back in 2008 they had a cross-promotional deal planned with the Creation Museum, but it never launched due to the volume of complaints

      ** Or the various zoo departments are not ‘connected’ – such that the PR crew are unaware of the absurdity of the proposition

      • somer
        Posted February 17, 2017 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Michael – that would explain it

  7. Posted February 17, 2017 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Cincinnati Zoo? Isn’t that Jack Hanna? I think on Letterman he said some nonsense, something like “that’s the way God created it.” I wondered at the time if he was kidding. But he made similar remarks at other times. And I don’t think he ever mentioned evolution as an explanation for why an animal was the way it was. So perhaps Hanna is a creationist and if so the Creation Museum cross-promotion might make sense.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted February 17, 2017 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

      That was the Larry King Live show I believe, BUT that’s according to a lying [they all lie] creationist named Harold Lerch. According to Lerch, back in 1997, Larry King commented that the animals “evolved” & Hanna replied “God made them for our enjoyment.”

      According to another source I found, whose claims I also can’t verify, it seems that Hanna [back in the day] didn’t know much about evolution/biology – when asked by Letterman if a scorpion was an insect he supposedly said he didn’t know & on another episode he claimed that arthropods are insects [rather than insects are arthropods]. I think Hanna has a lot of ‘blonde moments’ – sports, weather or animals are probably where he shines 🙂

      Hanna is a churchgoer & he’s liked by a broad spectrum of people – among the creationists who tout him I’ve seen Hanna described as a zoologist, but I don’t think he can be in the formal, academic sense. He is director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium & according to his resume he “graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio” [subject not mentioned].

      I think I know what’s going on…

      He sells a LOT of animal books for children – I suspect that the word “evolution” rarely [if ever] appears in his publications so that it can go to the homeschool market – he avoids “evolution” for commercial reasons. I did find a transcript for one of his recent slideshow lectures entitled “History of Life On Earth Timeline – A brief summary of the major events of the history of life on earth” – he uses the accepted age of the Earth & he uses the word “evolved” once. That said his language is very child-like which perhaps is a measure of his audience.

      Read here:

      • Posted February 17, 2017 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

        Very interesting, Michael. Thanks! Well, this explains why he always rubbed me the wrong way.

  8. Stephen Barnard
    Posted February 18, 2017 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    A trip to Cincinnati is called for. It’s not far from Chicago. Who is more appreciative of cats than PCC?

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