Wednesday, February 16, 2011

In Loving Memory of Rani

A few days ago, we lost one of our beloved Bengal tigers, Rani. It is with very heavy hearts that we say goodbye to this amazing tiger. Rani was one of the sweetest, most loveable animals that anyone could ever have the pleasure of knowing. She was one of the most talkative tigers here at the Sanctuary, always greeting her visitors with an affectionate moan and a chuff. It was clear that nothing made Rani happier than a visit from just about anyone. She would come over and lay by the fence, just happy to have a companion.

At 23 years old, Rani was the oldest resident of IEAS and the oldest tiger in the SSP (Species Survival Plan). She was a very special girl and could touch the heart of anyone. Each of us considers ourselves blessed to have had the opportunity to spend time with and care for this incredible animal. She had quite a character and could truly brighten any mood with her quintessential sounds and loving spirit. She benefited greatly from our Emotional Enrichment Program, as she craved attention and viewed all of her caregivers as a source of comfort. She is proof that taking care of an animal's emotional well-being is just as important as providing for their basic needs such as a proper diet and veterinary care. So today we say farewell to Rani.

She will forever live on in our hearts and our memories.

1 comment:

  1. It hasn't been too long since I visited with Rani. I'm sure she will be missed at IEAS. RIP beautiful tiger.