Nepal Zoo Puts Tigers on Diet

Three big cats have gotten too big, zookeepers say.

Posted Dec. 31, 2008, 3 a.m. EST

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The tigers at the Jawalakhel zoo in Kathmandu, Nepal, miss one day of meals each week as part of a plan to help them lose weight. One of the three Royal Bengal tigers at the zoo now weighs in at about 485 pounds, having gained about 80 pounds on a diet of buffalo meat in the past eight months, Reuters reports.

After consulting with other foreign zoos that enforce tight feeding schedules for the endangered animals, zoo authorities decided to restrict the animals’ diets by feeding them only six days each week. “We don’t give the tigers anything to eat on Saturdays except water,” said zoo official Binad Karmacharya. “The practice of feeding tigers for six days a week is good for their health.”

Only about 4,000 tigers exist in the wild worldwide, according to 2008 estimates from the World Wildlife Fund

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TigerLove1023    -, FL

3/29/2009 12:13:46 PM

I think this is just stuiped! Lets try not feeding THEM something for a whole day and see if they like it?!? Why do Tiger's need to lose weight anyways? We do not need to starve them to be in good health. That is not bad that they have them on diet's BUT... They do NOT need to starve them for a WHOLE day!!! Now.. I LOVE tigers with all my heart but this is just stuiped! It's good that they are eating healthy stuff but dont take away thier food!!! I will Pray they will stop!
God Bless...
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E    Attleboro, MA

1/2/2009 12:05:03 AM

sound odd to me

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

1/1/2009 6:35:26 PM

I guess out in the wild they would not eat that much even. The problem is, they are used to being fed. I think they should do this gradually.

Sheryl    Casa Grande, AZ

1/1/2009 6:13:25 PM

That doesn't sound right - not just because they will be hungry one day (and that is bad enough), but, if kitties are anything like human's metabolism, it doesn't work to skip meals. Your body's metabolism doesn't start until you feed it, so starving one day might result in the opposite effect desired. Come on - just put them on a reduced calorie diet, not a starvation one!!

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