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Sheba, Toledo Zoo 1972

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Print features a Blade Archive original photo by Lee Merkle of Sheba the Bengal tiger at the Toledo Zoo — includes digitized authentic Blade nameplate from the original date, detail of Blade newspaper article, and caption text contextualizing the event. (Customization available.)

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CAPTION TEXT ON PRINT:

Sheba, Toledo Zoo 1972
The Bengal tiger, Sheba, growled her warning to visitors who dared to approach the cage where she and her cub lived at the Toledo Zoo, in what is now the Carnivore Café.
Dr. Charles Hardin, the veterinarian at the zoo, said the 14-year-old was as wild as the day she arrived in Toledo from India. The little queen at Sheba’s side was about 10 weeks old when this photo was taken. The cub was named Tigger, after the striped animal in the Winnie the Pooh children’s stories. Tigger was Sheba’s 15th offspring. The cub’s daddy was Tuffy, a Bengal tiger sent to Toledo from Vietnam by American troops who hand-fed him.
BLADE ARCHIVE PHOTO BY LEE MERKLE