last tuesday, sweet tony joined his sister emily and his companion tatiana, where i'm sure they are playing in a meadow in the afterlife. ... i could write alot on tony as he was one of the dearest zoo friends i've come to know. those who haven't had the opportunity to really know a non domesticated fur friend, have no idea how special they can be. tony was i would imagine, like no other tiger. he had a truly sweet nature to him. he seemed to love everyone and love life. he was always happy and chuffed at his keepers and his neighboring tigers, even when one might be in a mood and sass back at him. he would just seem to smile and continue on his way. one fond recent memory, my friend and i were talking with his keeper and tony come to the mesh between us to be included in the conversation. he was making eye contact as he always did, and stood there as if he had something to add to the chat. i know from experience that he most surely did, even if we couldn't hear his thoughts. ... this big guy was a sweetheart and you could feel it from him. i think if you went in with him, he would let you sit down bedside him and brush him. he had that kind of gentleness about him. ... i miss you tony tone tone. you will always be in my thoughts and heart. love to you and see you again in another lifetime.