Chennai’s White Tiger Finds Home in Udaipur, but Understands only Tamil

In Udaipur’s Sajjangarh Zoological Park a male white tiger called Rama was brought from the Chennai zoo in an exchange program who only responds to the commands in Tamil

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Udaipur, 22 October, 2016: In Udaipur’s Sajjangarh Zoological Park a male white tiger called Rama was brought from the Chennai zoo in an exchange program.In return for a pair of wolves, Rajasthan got Rama.

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Caretakers were worried as to how Rama would settle in an unfamiliar territory as he has been brought up in Chennai and only responds to the commands in Tamil.

According to NDTV, “Rama was born to a pair of white tigers in the Delhi Zoo, he was moved to Chennai when only a cub. As a result, he understood only Tamil.”

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A senior forest officer, T. Mohan said, “It is the first time in Udaipur that we have a white tiger. We made a special request to the director Chennai Zoo to send his animal keeper here. He also taught a few words in Tamil that are being used to command the animal by the keepers here.”

Rama’s keeper K Chellaiah who came along from Chennai, said that he had brought up Rama since he was just a cub. It is natural that Rama is used to only him and his language.

“But I will help him settle and will only leave after that. I will teach his new caretaker how to look after him,” he said.

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Ram Singh, Rama’s new keeper said that despite his north Indian accent, the tiger was responded to his instructions in Tamil.

“I say ‘po’ which means go out and ‘wa’ which means come in,” he said. He now hopes to teach Rama some Hindi as well.

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