Pair of cool cats right at home in luxurious $5.2m pad

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 September, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 30 September, 1996, 12:00am

Local fat cats have been given a new home with a private swimming pool in a secluded Central location.

Spottie and Blackie, two jaguars who are key attractions at the Zoological and Botanical Gardens, have moved into a new enclosure with more room than their previous cramped quarters.

The $5.2 million enclosure, three times the size of their former cage, is landscaped with rocks, tree trunks and a swimming pool.

New facilities include a landscaped exhibition area, sleeping shelter, breeding unit, food preparation room and store room - all for the exclusive use of the two cats.

Spottie, the female, was born in Berlin Zoo and was imported in 1990 for pairing with Blackie, who was born in the botanical gardens.

Yesterday Spottie ignored the claps and shouts of spectators as she patrolled the 600-square-metre cage.

In the wild, jaguars stalk and pounce their prey in thick jungle but Spottie seemed to have little interest in the chunks of meat which littered the enclosure.

Visitor David Chan Fook-Kwong said: 'She is too fat. She was not this fat before.' Athula Kumarasinghe, a regular visitor, agreed. 'She is so fat, maybe she is pregnant.'