'Scaredy-cat' Bengal tiger too scared to climb down from 15ft tower!

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London, Sept 23 (ANI): A Bengal tiger that climbed a 15ft activity tower is too afraid to come down, prompting zoo authorities to dub him "scaredy-cat".

Two-year-old Tanvir easily scaled the activity tower that has been designed with branch-like platforms to test the skill and sharpness of tigers but is now too scared to come down.

Tanvir has now been on the tower top for more than 24 hours at the Noah's Ark Zoo Farm in Wraxall, Bristol.

Zoo authorities say the tiger would climb down when he is hungry.

The Daily Star quoted the zoo's spokesperson Samantha Cordrey as saying: "He's quite a mischievous little tiger and yesterday he went up his enrichment tower for the first time. There's a smaller tower, of about 5ft, and even that took him half an hour to get down from, so he's a bit of a scaredy cat.

"He's still stuck at the top today. Every time he gets to the edge, he looks out, puts a paw over, and thinks 'No, I'm not doing it!' He will make his way down when he gets too cold or hungry. He got up there within seconds but he can't get back down. It was made to challenge him but he's a bit of a wimp.

"He's on a big platform, just lying down. He will call to you but won't climb down. He stands up, looks around, stretches out his paw to see how far he thinks it is, then decides against it.

"People think tigers are ferocious animals without fear but they can get scared quite easily. They are not as full-on as people think."

She added that giving the tiger food on the tower would only keep him away from climbing down. (ANI)

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