This was feeding day, so I chose the largest tiger to take pictures of. Despite being caged up, he still maintained the instincts of being in the wild. I waited for the animal keeper to feed the tiger.
The keeper grabbed the feet of the pig, which typically weighs between 10 and 12 kilograms, and released the animal into the cage. The tiger ran toward the pig and lifted his paw in what seemed like an attempt to kill his prey. But in fact, the tiger was playing with the animal before killing it.
The tiger turned around and walked away.
Oh I didn’t get pictures. It happened a few times. I was still waiting, then the tiger stopped in front of the pig, stuck out his tongue as if he was savoring the moment. Surprisingly, he looked at me like he knew I was taking pictures. Then he walked away. He didn’t kill the pig.
Shortly after that moment, the tiger keeper Rizal cut the rope and the pig ran away. The tiger caught him around 100 yards from me, hidden away in the tall grass. I couldn’t see how the tiger killed his prey. I just saw the carcass.
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A Sumatran tiger plays with a pig before killing it at the Sumatra Tiger Rescue Centre compound, inside the Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation (TWNC) near Bandar Lampung, the southern tip of Sumatra island February 24, 2013. [REUTERS/Beawiharta]
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A Sumatran tiger looks at a pig at the Sumatra Tiger Rescue Centre compound inside the Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation (TWNC), near Bandar Lampung, the southern tip of Sumatra island, February 24, 2013. [REUTERS/Beawiharta]
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