At the Taronga Park Zoo this afternoon a veterinary surgeon was called on to perform an unusual operation on aroaring Bengal tiger.
At the Taronga Park Zoo this afternoon a veterinary surgeon was called on to perform an unusual operation on aroaring Bengal tiger. At the Zoo quite a bit of preparation had been carried out in the surgery, even though the operation was for nothing more serious than ingrown toenails. The patient had been coaxed into a small cage where it could into vent annoyance so easily. Sir Edward Hallstrom was there as usual to keep a friendly eye on things.
A piece of tough wood was placed in the cage to discourage any tendency towards biting the helping hand. Actually it was all quite painless -- for the tiger any way. Some spectators found it rather agonizing. That drowsy look on the tiger is caused by a drug given at breakfast.
Suffering most of all at the operation was the Zoo's Chief Keeper, Mr Cody. But the manicure had been made necessary because the ingrown claws had made the tiger lame during the past fortnight. The tiger nevertheless regarded the whole business with suspicion and not a trace of gratitude.
Then 40 minutes later the offending claws had been trimmed. A dish of sparkling cold water was the reward for the patient, who, everyone agreed, had behaved quite creditably. Everyone was happy -- everyone, that it, except the tiger, who still lived up to its growling reputation.