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Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by Embu, 5 Mar 2020.

  1. Embu

    Embu Well-Known Member

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    Bengal tiger Delhi has been put to sleep at the grand old age of 21yrs!!! He was put down on 28th February. What a great age for him to get to!!!!
     
  2. Rayane

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    Did they have a legit bengal tiger or was it a non subspecific tiger?
     
  3. ShonenJake13

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    95% positive that he was just non-subspecific. Delhi was born at Port Lympne to parents whose original captive ancestors came from private origin. So they could claim he was Bengal, but it's likely that he was in fact just a subspecies hybrid.

    The same goes for the 'Barbary lions' at both Aspinall parks, they can claim they're Barbary to their heart's content but if they are in fact an extinct in the wild subspecies, why are they only letting two animals breed?
     
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  4. TeaLovingDave

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    I'd say 99.99% positive given the fact the last known pure animal in Europe died in 1985 ;)
     
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    Leaving a little window of possibility given John Aspinall's imports throughout the years, but yes I would probably agree with you.
     
  6. Pertinax

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    To my knowledge Aspinalls have never imported any pure tigers from India. They went from the 'Bengal' tigers of mixed/unknown ancestry they held originally, to focusing on pure bred Siberians ( + now Sumatran) as the Indians(X) have slowly died out.
     
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