I took my niece to the The Texas Zoo in Victoria last week and we watched as one of the Bengal tigers charged from one side of the cage to the other, roaring at a group of visitors.
The deep, wild roar made both my and my niece's adrenaline rush.
I returned today with a photographer and we were rushed by the tiger, which also roared and growled and showed her teeth as we watched her for about 30 minutes.
I learned this tiger is territorial and provoked often by visitors.
As laymen, we also inspected the tiger cage. We're looking into a story about how safe that cage is, if it's regularly inspected, why this tiger seems angry, if anything is being done to stop provocations and if visitors are 100 percent safe.
I hope this blog doesn't cause any undue concern. For all we know the tiger cage is safe and this is just normal behavior from a wild animal. After seeing that tiger charge, and hearing it roar, we just want to know for certain.
I'm next interviewing Doug Hotle, the zoo director, to learn more.
In the meantime, do you have any stories about the tiger at The Texas Zoo?
If so, please share them here, or reach me at 361-580-6519 or email@example.com.
Be sure to view the enlarged version of the photo taken today by Advocate Photo Editor Frank Tilley.
Thanks for your help,
Gabe Semenza/Advocate public service editor
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