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Big cat keeper who took a tiger to Great Ormond Street Hospital visits Bluewater

PUBLISHED: 12:38 01 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:50 01 November 2016

Martin Hill reared a young tiger called Indy in 1996 and took her to visit children's hospitals in London

Martin Hill reared a young tiger called Indy in 1996 and took her to visit children's hospitals in London

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Martin Hill has published a book about when he visited children on the wards with his tiger

A Bexleyheath big cat keeper has written a book about the time he took a tiger to Great Ormond Street Hospital and will be visiting Bluewater on Saturday.

Martin Hill has worked with big cats for a number of years and hand reared a young tiger called Indy in 1996.

The young cub was rejected by his mother, and remarkably Mr Hill and Indy were able to visit several children’s hospitals across London through an initiative called CHATA (Children in Hospital and Animal Assisted Therapy).

His book ‘A Tiger By My Bed’ tells the story of when Indy met the children on the wards of Great Ormond Street Hospital, which Mr Hill will be signing at Waterstones Bluewater on Saturday, November 5 at 1pm.

Indy passed away in 2012 of liver cancer and in her memory Mr Hill has written a small series of children’s books.

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