Bengal tiger Tanvir conquers fear of heights

image captionThe big cat was too scared to come down the 15ft (5m) climbing frame

A Bengal tiger has conquered his fear of heights, a year after spending 48 hours on top of a 15ft (5m) climbing frame.

Four-year-old Tanvir hit the headlines when he was too frightened to come down the frame at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm in North Somerset.

The "scaredy cat" was eventually forced down by hunger, and wolfed down a pig's head.

But now he confidently climbs up the frame and jumps from its platforms.

'Much more confident'

Tanvir, who now weighs 375lb (170kg), arrived at the zoo last summer.

Big cat keeper Emma Godsell said: "I've always had a big soft spot for Tanvir, who is a very inquisitive tiger, always on the lookout for attention from visitors.

"We created a huge multi-level climbing structure in his enclosure to keep him active when he first arrived here last year and he promptly climbed up and wouldn't come back down.

"Now he's much more confident in his strength and climbing ability and I can use scent and food enrichment exercises on his tower to keep him physically and mentally stimulated, which he really engages with."

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