Un autre photoreportage de fin de semestre que j’ai beaucoup aimé, celui de Ryan Greene.
Jess Kaplan, 22, greets Moka, one of 13 tigers at Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro, N.C. Kaplan and two other keepers handle most of the care for the tigers and other wild cats, most of which were abandoned or were rescued from private organizations that went out of business.
Kaplan prepares buckets of deer meat, beef ribs and whole chickens to feed the animals. Surviving on donations, the non-profit Carolina Tiger Rescue’s facilities, like this outdoor freezer and prep shed, are far from glamorous.
Kaplan and another keeper, Lenore Braford, butcher a deer that will eventually feed several tigers. During deer season, hunters donate extra kills, and each tiger will get legs or a torso. « It’s a nice change from chicken, » Kaplan says. « It’s a real treat for them. »
Rajah enjoys the fruits of Kaplan’s labor as he eats his deer torso. He has been at it for hours, biting off bits of meat or licking off whole strips of the pelt with his tongue. « You ever feel a house cat’s tongue, how coarse it is, » Kaplan asks. « Imagine that, but a hundred times coarser. »
Having made her rounds, Kaplan prepares to head back to the office. After she checked in on several of the facility’s different wild cats, which include cervals, ocelots and binturongs, Rajah was Kaplan’s last stop.