Thursday, May 16, 2013


Earlier we had announced the birth of a precious baby boy tiger.  We had requested from the breeder a male, and they had said we got our wish.  Well!  When our little bundle of striped fur arrived in California, there was a little bit of confusion as the health certificate said "female."  (A side note: it is extremely difficult to determine the sex of a baby cat.)  We had a boy's name picked out, but we did not want to start calling this little tiger by a boy's name if she was indeed a girl!   So!  For a couple of days we referred to the tiger as a "He-she."  Well, after a couple of days of uncertainty, we all agreed that "he" was indeed a "she."  At that point, the "he" became a "her" & "Hershey" was named.  We were prepared to raise a male, but looking at that face and listening to her friendly chuffs (a tiger's form of purring) for a month straight, how could we send her back?!?!?! We all fell head over heels in love with her and she is now and forever a part of the Triple D family.

Hershey was born on March 19, 2013 and is now, at just 2 months old, 15 lbs.  Pretty soon she'll be growing 10 lbs a week!!!!  She won't be a little fluff ball for very long!  She is curious, playful, & eager to learn! She loves the company of her human (& domestic canine) family, but she likes her space as well.  She is very independent and always trying to explore new things.  We are SO excited to welcome her into our  hearts and our lives.  She will be rocking the ranch all summer long as the new "baby" here.  She will soon go from "cute & cuddly" to "large & in charge!"  Don't miss the "cute & cuddly" stage!!    

Hershey in Mariposa, CA at 1 month old 
Photo taken by Cesar Aristeiguieta

Hershey at 7 weeks old playing with her new "Lamb Chop" squeaky toy

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