As White as Snow

September 2010| 102 views

A rarity almost never found in the wild, the white tiger is world famous for its uniqueness. For the first time in the history of the nation the Dehiwala Zoological Garden is showcasing a pair of these beautiful creatures. Lovingly named Sudaraka and Shwetha the young white tigers are a sight to behold in all their majesty.

Words Dinali Sugathadasa Photographs Mahesh Prasantha | Menaka Aravinda | Mahesh Bandara

Welcoming eyes peer inquisitively at the two newcomers to the Dehiwala Zoo. The sheer magnificence of their movements are entrancing, from their gigantic paws elegantly treading across the encampment, a swish of their long tails, even a yawn boasting their sharp white teeth, the blue eyed beauties demand the centre of attention.

Oblivious to the intruding eyes, Shwetha and Sudaraka bask in the morning sun, cooling themselves in the pond for a while, then a bout of playful frolicking on the grass and back to the pond for a cool off. The two young white tigers introduced to the Dehiwala Zoo are bundles of mischief, never sitting in one place for long, pouncing on each other, their naughty little squabbles and games of tag are constantly on display.

Their incredible size and structure leave us stunned as we learn that the male Sudaraka is just over two years old and the female Shwetha even younger. Their strong fore and hind limbs are apparent from a distance and the swiftness of their movements in carrying the immense weight of their bodies is proof of the arrant power within.

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