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The debate between captivity and freedom stirs up from time to time. Singapore Zoo is generally perceived to be one of the more responsible zoos (in terms of really large layouts, constant attention to the well being of animal life, engaging with all sections of public sentiments, etc). 

 

And yet there is trouble from time to time. At one point there were three of these White Tigers. Now, Omar (I think) is the lone survivor, relentlessly pacing up and down, on dry land and in the moat of his enclosure. 

Lone

The debate between captivity and freedom stirs up from time to time. Singapore Zoo is generally perceived to be one of the more responsible zoos (in terms of really large layouts, constant attention to the well being of animal life, engaging with all sections of public sentiments, etc). 

 

And yet there is trouble from time to time. At one point there were three of these White Tigers. Now, Omar (I think) is the lone survivor, relentlessly pacing up and down, on dry land and in the moat of his enclosure. 

comments (20)

  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 27 Apr 2015, 02:43
you know, he actually LOOKS depressed and sad sad poor baby... beautiful capture of his majesty
Ayush Basu: You maybe very right about him being sad and depressed, Elaine!
He's just beautiful - how sad for him. I hope they get him a companion soon.
Ayush Basu: Beautiful he is, Elizabeth. I hope so too.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Apr 2015, 05:30
You have a fine shot of Omar and his reflection, Ayush.

I doubt Omar wants for a companion, as tigers are solitary by nature...but, I am fairly sure he would appreciate 2000 acres of forest to roam in.
Ayush Basu: Thank you Ray. Not sure if he ever developed the instincts of the wild and whether he would be able to survive but yes, I think so too.
A wonderful capture of this solitary animal Ayush!
Ayush Basu: I am pleased you like it, Richard, thank you.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 Apr 2015, 06:20
Don't get too close Ayush!
Ayush Basu: A rather large moat made sure of that Chris, thank you for the visit and comment.
  • Lisl
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Apr 2015, 06:45
It's the pacing that is distressing, Ayush. Yet without captivity the future would be bleak for them
Ayush Basu: The national animal of India and yet in Indian jungles, estimated 1500 of them survive. Thank you for the comment and visit, Lisl.
I'm very familiar with the debate, Ayush, and understand the pros and cons on both sides. The answers aren't always easy. But in the meantime, you've had a chance to show us this Beauty (and his reflection). Thank you.
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the comment, Ginnie.
White tigers are not apparently a species but are Bengal tigers with a recessive gene. This article is quite interesting

http://www.wildcatsanctuary.org/the-truth-about-white-tigers/
Ayush Basu: Yes, I recall seeing that at the zoo under a "did you know" signboard, but your article is really informative (and deplorable - trust humans to make a buck, no matter there are malformed kids born/disposed).
You got a great shot of this lonely cat. Cats need companions.
Ayush Basu: I am pleased to hear you say that, Mary. I definitely feel the same way about great cats.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Apr 2015, 10:34
Great shot, at least he is more co-operative than the cheetah.

I once met an american professional wild life photographer. He sometimes visit my country to shoot wild life. Back in his home town he offers a course on how to take pictures of zoo animals 'so that you won't know, it is a zoo animal.' He proudly showed me about 50 slides, mixed nature and zoo. He challenged me to point out the zoo pics, Which I did, without an error. He asked me, how I did it and I told him to just look at the eyes.
Believe me, an antelope that has to duck and run from predators, is far more happy than one in the zoo.
I don't think the size of the cages help - their instincts draw them outside of those cages.
I know zoo's do good work in helping to save species on the verge of extinction, but if a zoo is the only place that can help a species, it is too late.
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the detailed reply, Louis. And an interesting tale and I can see the sense in that. For tigers, I think they have tough odds. The national animal of India and yet in Indian jungles, estimated 1500 of them survive.
Majestic beast...
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the visit and comment.
What a magnificent creature Ayush. Great shot and reflection.
Ayush Basu: It was after checking the first shot in the display that I realized the reflection was not fully in and therefore I took this shot. Hurray for digital cameras with instant feedback, Chad!
A splendid photo Ayush! i like!
Ayush Basu: I am pleased to hear you say that, Roland.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Apr 2015, 16:55
This is a wonderful picture and I hope he will get a companion fast. LOVE the reflection. Such a great animal.
Ayush Basu: It was after checking the first shot in the display that I realized the reflection was not fully in and therefore I took this shot. Hurray for digital cameras with instant feedback!
It is a magnificent animal isn't it. Louis comment was really interesting in the zoo or freedom debate.
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the comment, Brian. Louis definitely brought out some points I had not considered.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Apr 2015, 18:09
I must admit I am not in favour of animals in captivity, but I understand zoos have a role to play too. It is a cracking photo all the same.
Ayush Basu: I do not have a clear stance on this. I am told that if enclosures are truly large (not sure what is the definition of large), some creatures may be able to travel/fly within without realizing the boundaries.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Apr 2015, 21:29
That is sad. Despite the best efforts of the zoo, captive animals do get stressed.
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the comment, Alan. I agree with you
such a magnificent creature Ayush... it is very sad to see him in captivity....petersmile
Ayush Basu: You are quite right, Peter. Unfortunately we humans are the ones that have put them there. The national animal of India and yet in Indian jungles, estimated 1500 of them survive.
A rather melancholic reflection for such a weather-beaten face.
Ayush Basu: I can see what you mean and this handsome fellow does have a weather-beaten look to him. Thank you, Michael
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Apr 2015, 22:44
A lovely photograph. I think he need some companions to keep him company.

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