Training tigers for Ringling Bros. circus

  • Sunderan, a 6-year-old Bengal tiger, chills out in a tub Wednesday after working with animal trainer Taba Maluenda of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Miami on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Famed animal trainer Taba Maluenda works with the tigers backstage for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Shown here is a 2-year-old Bengal tiger named Taba. The circus is currently at the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Famed animal trainer Taba Maluenda works with the tigers backstage for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The circus is currently at the AmericanAirlines Arena in downtown Miami on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Taba, a 2-year-old Bengal tiger, yawns during a workout at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Miami on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Rambo, a 6-year-old Bengal tiger, shows off his unique markings at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Miami on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Famed animal trainer Taba Maluenda, works with Tabita, a 2-year-old Bengal tiger, backstage for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The circus is currently at the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Two young Bengal tigers relax in a tub during training behind the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF