RIP Beautiful Bali XO
Last night I shed many tears as I read about the morning passing of my Sweet Friend Georgie. I loved this Tiger and have missed him.
George's given name was Bali. A beautiful name (that paid tribute to an extinct species of Tiger) that of course the San Francisco Zoo chose to change like they do of many other wonderful Animals that come to live there. I came to know him as George and most of the time that stuck out of habit, but when I learned his given name, I tried to retrain myself and call him Bali.
Bali came to the SFZoo to breed with Leanne/Skylar. They had three cubs :) When Bali's brother Java didn't prove to be a good mate for a female at Point Defiance Zoo, to keep that genetic match intact, Bali was transferred from SFZ to PDZ. He has been very missed since then.
I kept up with him via social networking, even sending him a Birthday card the first year he celebrated there :) He and his mate Jaya produced two cubs :)