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July 16, 2010 / V A Nichols

White Tiger at ‘Birmingham Captive Wildlife Menagerie’ Dies

Birmingham Zoo’s white tiger dies

Published: Thursday, July 15, 2010, 2:01 PM     Updated: Thursday, July 15, 2010, 2:08 PM

William Thornton — The Birmingham News

The Birmingham Zoo announced today that Moti, it’s 15-year-old white tiger, died Sunday of natural causes.

Zoo officials said the tiger had been under medical supervision because of his age. Tigers can live up to approximately 12 years in the wild, and can live between 15 to 20 years in captivity.

Moti, whose name means “white pearl,” was born Aug. 29, 1994 in Ohio and came to Birmingham at the age of three months, weighing 20 pounds. He was bottle-fed for two months by keeper Marcia Riedmiller, who is now the zoo’s Curator of Mammals.

“He was genuinely loved by many and will be truly missed by all,” Riedmiller said.

Moti eventually grew to weight 384 pounds and was approximately 10 feet long. White tigers are native to India and China, but their populations have been reduced due to poaching.



Wondering what is going on at the zoo. Why would the zoo wait four days to announce the death of an animal?

This is the second animal death announced at the zoo in a month.

V A —

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  1. carmenza reese / Jul 16 2010 10:12 PM

    What a beauty Motti was, those that give so much happiness within expecting anything in return does not stay in earth for long.

    • V A Nichols / Jul 17 2010 1:20 PM

      I was wondering…

      Have you wondered how Moti felt when he was taken away from his mother at 3 months of age, still nursing?

      Have you wondered if Moti missed his mother? Did he cry for her?

      Have you wondered if Moti had brothers or sisters that were left behind in Ohio, or sent to other ‘wildlife menageries’?

      Have you wondered how Moti’s mother felt when her 3 month old baby was taken from her?

      Have you wondered how Moti felt growing into adolescence without the teachings of his mother and the playful companionship of his brothers or sisters?

      Have you wondered how Moti felt when his natural instincts urged him to run long distances in search of food, find a mate, create his own family and be master of his domain?

      Have you wondered how Moti felt, confined to a small unnatural enclosure for his entire life?

      Have you wondered about Moti’s happiness?

      I was wondering…have you wondered?

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