Uruguay’s Montevideo Zoo giving away its big cats

‘‘Hatch,’’ a 10-year-old male Bengal tiger, has lived in a 20-by-16-foot (6-by-5 meter) cage with cement walls and nothing green in sight since he was traded to the Villa Dolores Zoo after spending his first three years in a circus. A similarly dismal cage next door is home to an unnamed female tiger. A poster says tigers ‘‘love water’’ and ‘‘bathe on hot days, swimming across rivers and lakes.’’

But these cats don’t even have a paddling pool.

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