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Lake Superior Zoo Welcomes New Tiger

Updated: January 13, 2020 06:25 PM

The Lake Superior Zoo is excited to announce they have found a new tiger to join their zoo family. Zoo officials announced the arrival of Taj the Tiger on Monday morning.

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They say the new tiger is getting acclimated to her new habitat and a sign posted on the glass asks visitors to refrain from loud noises as she adjusts.

The zoo's director of animal management Dave Thompson said the northern Minnesota climate is actually rather comfortable for Taj. “Amur tigers love this kind of weather,” Thompson said, “She likes to make tiger snow angels.” If she does get cold, Taj can enter the tiger holding area, which is kept at 60 degrees, whenever she chooses.

The former tiger who had been a fixture at the zoo since 2015, Lana, died back in November. She was 15-years-old.

Taj is a 6-year-old female. She weighs 300 pounds, and unlike Lana, who was human reared, Taj was parent reared. Zoo staff say Taj is not as comfortable around people just yet and they advise visitors to use the tiger deck as the better place to view her until she is more comfortable with her surroundings.

The zoo's primary carnivore keeper Lizzy Larson said, “She has a little bit more feistiness to her, like I like to say, but she is a fantastic animal to have here and I believe that all of the Duluth residents and Minnesota residents in general will really come to love her.”

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