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19-Year-Old Tiger Dies at the National Zoo

The National Zoo put down 19-year-old Sumatran tiger Soyono this morning, after the tiger fought a month-long battle with spinal degeneration. While much of the zoo's announcement is a nice remembrance of the tiger, one part, about Soyono's contribution to her struggling species, stands out:

Because her mother was wild-caught, Soy’s genes were not well-represented in the North American population, making her a valuable breeder...Soy birthed three litters of cubs and with her mate, Rokan, produced seven offspring altogether.

Left unspoken: Soyono's record stands in sharp contrast to certain other "clueless breeders" the zoo could mention.

The zoo still has two Sumatran tigers on display.

Photo by Jon McRay, courtesy National Zoo

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  • noodlez

    IT IS SICKENING TO ME TO KNOW THAT ANIMALS ARE CAPTURED AND PUT ON DISPLAY FOR HUMAN ENTERTAINMENT TO MAKE A FEW BUCKS.

    THE CIRCUS, VEGAS SHOWS AND ZOOS ARE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE TO FUNCTION WITH IMMUNITY. FOLKS WANTED TO BURN MIKE VICK AT THE STAKE BY MAKING MONEY OFF OF WHAT DOGS DO NATURALLY. WHILE THOSE TWO LIBERACE’S WITH WHIPS WERE PIMPING TIGERS, LIONS AND BEARS FOR YEARS, DOG TRACKS RUNNING DOGS LITERALLY TO DEATH, KILLER WHALES LIVING IN AQUARIUMS AND ZOOS TAKING ANIMALS LIVES BY ALLOWING THEM TO ONLY WALK AROUND IN A GLASS ENCLOSURE ONE MISERABLE DAY AT A TIME.

    A TIGER CAPTURED AND HELD FOR NINETEEN YEARS?????
    FOR WHAT????
    HOW MUCH DID IT COST TO FEED, HOUSE AND CARE FOR THIS ANIMAL? WHAT PUZZLES ME IS THAT NO ONE SEES THIS AS TORTURE BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR SO LONG.

    WHAT REALLY PISSES ME OFF ARE THOSE FUCKING PANDAS. I STAND CORRECTED NON-FUCKING PANDAS. THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE DUMBEST SHIT I EVER HEARD OF. WE RENT PANDAS FOR ASTRONOMICAL AMOUNT FROM CHINA. ALL OFFSPING ARE CHINA’S PROPERTY AFTER WE SPEND MILLIONS TO GET THEM TO HAVE CUBS. WHICH THEY DON’T SEEM INTERESTED IN HAVING AND WHO WOULD WANT TO IF THEIR SEX ACTIVITY IS BEING PUT ON DISPLAY FOR THE WORLD TO SEE. KIM KARDASHIAN EXCLUDED. THEY ALSO LIVE IN AN AIR CONDITIONED PANDA CONDO AND EAT HEALTHIER THAN A LOT OF MY PEOPLE.

    FOLKS THE HUMAN SPECIES IS ALL FUCKED UP WHEN WE HAVE A THREE TO FOUR DAY MEMORIAL OVER A DEAD PANDA FETUS THAT LED ALL NEWS OUTLETS IN THE AREA AND SPARSE COVERAGE OF A YOUNG MAN WHO WAS TRAGICALLY KILLED AT THE SAME LOCALE.

    RELEASE ALL ANIMALS BACK INTO THE WILD. OFFER ZOOLOGISTS SCIENCE TEACHER JOBS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND LET ROCK CREEK RECLAIM LAND HOUSING THE ZOO. SHUT DOWN ALL DOG AND HORSE RACING TRACKS! AND SEND THOSE TWO PERVERTS SIGFREID AND ROY BACK TO WHATEVER COUNTRY THE CAME FROM.

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