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  Rare tiger gets broken leg fixed
Updated 23 January 2002, 15.59
Queen after her operation
A rare white tiger with a broken leg has had it fixed in front of a crowd of fascinated onlookers.

The female Bengal Tiger called Queens broke her back leg in a fight with another tiger at their home in West Midlands Safari Park, Worcester.

The five-year-old needed a delicate three-hour operation to put a metal plate in her leg.

Complete recovery

Queen's leg is now on the mend
Queen's leg is now on the mend
The park's keepers and nurses all turned out to watch what was going on in the operating theatre.

Spokesman Bob Lawrence said, "We have operated on a few tigers over the years, but never done anything like this".

And he said Queen's already walking much better and should make a complete recovery.

White tigers have been extinct in the wild for 50 years. There are about 12 in captivity in the UK.

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