A year after the Tigress was cast, a group of New York citizens, including Samuel Morse, presented the sculpture to Central Park, which was not yet a decade old. Someone with an ironic sense of humor placed it at Cherry Hill, where live peacocks strutted their stuff. The Tigress is about to feed her cubs with a peacock.
In 1934, Robert Moses had it moved to the newly renovated Central Park Zoo.
Victor Hugo's poem, "Fable ou histoire" ("Fable or History") tells of a monkey who covered himself in a tiger's skin: "Admirez-moi, voyez, je suis un tigre!"
And from Wole Soyinka, Nigerian dramatist, b. 1934: