Tigress and Cubs


Tigress detail

Tigress cubs

The Tigress comes to New York

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.

Bethesda Fountain with peacock

In 1934, Robert Moses had it moved to the newly renovated Central Park Zoo.

Favorite tiger stories and quotes

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!"

Before me all draw back and shudder, everyone doth flee,
All tremble - I am tiger! Look! and worship me!

The French version is here, and a decent English translation here.

From Chanakya, an Indian politician of the 3rd c. BC (bet you can't read this just once):

The serpent, the king, the tiger, the stinging wasp, the small child, the dog owned by other people, and the fool: these seven ought not to be awakened from sleep.

And from Wole Soyinka, Nigerian dramatist, b. 1934:

A tiger does not shout its tigritude, it acts.