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The Swimming White Bengal Tiger-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: An eRumor with amazing photos and the story of
Odin, a White Bengal Tiger that loves to swim.
The Truth: According to an article by The Daily Mail in
the United Kingdom written May 29, 2007, Odin the White Bengal Tiger is a
resident of his very own
Tiger Island at the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California.
The article claimed that the six year old 10 foot tiger is an
The amusement theme
park is located in Vallejo, California about 30 miles North of San
Francisco. Originally, it was "Marine World" located in
Redwood Shores during the 1960's. In 1972 it was purchased after a
bankruptcy and merged with a failing animal park and renamed to "Marine
World Africa USA." In the 1980's the theme park relocated to
Vallejo where it has gone through several transformations over the years
including the addition of roller coaster type thrill rides.
In early 2007 the name was changed to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and
became an animal park, marine park that included thrill rides.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
These incredible photos of a White
Bengal Tiger named Odin. Odin is six years old and 10 feet long
from tail to nose. Odin lives at a Zoo in Vallejo, California, near San
Francisco. Odin with his British trainer Lee Munro . Odin was
hand-raised at the zoo. And after he was weaned, his British trainer Lee
Munro discovered his remarkable skill. When a lump of meat was thrown
into a pool of water, Odin would happily dive in after it. He makes a
funny face - and it's actually to close his nostrils to stop the water
from going into his nose.
Not all big cats enjoy the water but
for Tigers from the hot climate of South-East Asia it's one way to cool
down. Plus they hunt in and around water. They're an ambush predator so
they wait for prey to come down to the water. When you actually see him
dive underwater he looks so graceful, Odin loves the water and he loves
food, he said. "Not all big cats will dive and swim underwater even for
Munro said tigers were the most
powerful swimmers out of all land-dwelling animals. Tragically, within
our lifetimes, zoos might be the only places left to see these
magnificent animals. A century ago there were about 100,000 tigers in
the wild. Now there are just 2,500 adults, with the Bengal variety
almost extinct. None has been seen in the wild since the last white
tiger was shot and killed in 1958. White tigers are the most rare. They
get their white color from an unusual and extremely rare genetic
I hope you enjoyed these photos.
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