National Geographic : 1961 May
Crated for her journey to the United States, Enchantress bids farewell of Rewa. Ralph S. Scott, a Washington real tor and attorney, had seen them on a hunting trip to central India. He thought that one should be exhibited at the National Zoologi cal Park. Later he interested Mr. John Kluge, President and Chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Broadcasting Corporation, in purchasing a white tiger "for the children of the United States." Now I was here at Rewa to select and escort the tiger to a new home at the national zoo. As we sipped our tea, I asked His Highness the history of the seven white tigers in his "tiger palace." He explained that his family coat of arms (page 628) bore a white tiger be cause Rewa district was one of the few known habitations of these beasts, of which nine had been reported during the past fifty years. The ninth cub, about nine months old, was caught in 1951. When mature, he was mated to a normal-colored, recently captured 634 female. Three litters totaled ten cubs, all the usual color. He was then mated to one of his daughters, and in 1958 they produced four white cubs, one male and three females. In 1960, two more white males and a normal female were born. We were to choose from the first litter, and there was no question that the first tiger we had seen was the one we wanted. Maharaja Gives Big Cat a Name It was His Highness who suggested that we name our tiger "Mohini"-one capable of enchanting. We call her the "Enchantress," for surely she has entwined us about her little claw. The Maharaja's shikaris had already built a shipping crate for our prize and placed it in her feeding area so that she could become ac customed to it. The next step was to arrange transportation to the United States.