"And... done," she said, scraping the last of the dirty grass from the corner of the tiger's paddock, "No thanks to you Reinbach. I think you popped some of my stitches with that tackle."
The tiger tried to look abashed... or at least, Abiru liked to think he was. Honestly, it wasn't his fault, the big baby had been raised in captivity here in the zoo; never had been anywhere near the wild. Abiru had been taking care of him for a couple of years now, since a few weeks after she first volunteered here at the zoo. She'd trained under his previous caretaker, an older woman and veterinarian, at the time. She'd been getting up in years, however, and was unable to take care of the tiger anymore, and finally retired last year. While he was certainly a sweetheart, he simply didn't realize his own strength most of the time, he acted more like a domestic cat than a tiger. That's why had to be isolated from the rest of the big cats in his own paddock at night for his own safety.
"Well then Reinbach," Abiru said, unfolding her map of the Zoo and flopping down to lean against the tiger, "Let's see where we should go this evening."
Poring over the map, she took note of the animal paddocks, each marked with her own tail-grading system based on softness, flex, catchability, and response attacks. "Hmm... I haven't been by the ring-tailed lemurs for several weeks, so I'll probably stop there first," she muttered, looking over the map, "They've just finished the new kangaroo paddock, so I might take a look over there, see if they've been put out early. I figure after that, just hit the reptile house for the chameleon exhibit on the way out." Abiru sighed dreamily, "Ah, I wonder what a kangaroo's tail feels like..."