Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Lions and Tigers and Bears... Oh My!

I'm not sure what happened to the Wordless Wednesday blog - anyone know?  Today's post is picture heavy, so I guess that qualifies as somewhat wordless...

Enjoy the photos from our visit to Tiger World last month, including our absolutely amazing tiger & jaguar cub encounter!  We were supposed to do two separate 15 minute encounters, one with a tiger and one with a jaguar.  However, they surprised us by letting us do 30 minutes with all three adorable cubs, the white tiger Mohan and jaguars Dora & Diego.  Even better, we got to be little Mohan's very first encounter ever!  I believe he was 7 weeks old and Dora & Diego were about 11 weeks.

If you know me well, you are not surprised to learn that we have well over 200 photos from our visit. I'll share a few...

Our encounter with Mohan, Dora & Diego.  Dad C and I got to split the bottle feeding of Mohan!

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This is one the loves of my life, Brutus and his partner Cleo.  They are just too cute and too cool.  Brutus "sits pretty" for crackers (I actually spent so long tossing him crackers and peanuts that my arm hurt the next day!).


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Mufasa and Shirley...
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Jacob and Lil' Wayne...

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Meka and Malia, the adolescent cubs... We were originally supposed to do our tiger cub experience with Meka.

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Mama & Baby Peacocks and a beautiful Lynx...

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Radar... I just adore this beautiful boy!  He's grown quite a bit since our first visit in May, 2009.  We were having a nice little conversation here...


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And the lions sleep tonight....

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5 comments:

Channon said...

Great photos! How awesome that you got to feed one. Love those BIG paws...

Marjie said...

I love lions and tigers. My first big stuffed animal was a 3 foot tall lion, given to me when I was a year old. That 49 year old lion sits in a child's rocker in my youngest daughter's room. He's in sad shape, but we love him.

We got to hold baby tigers once, at a place in Myrtle Beach. They are so adorable. I have a big dog, but I love the cats.

Happy Thanksgiving, Nichole and Matt!

knittinwolf said...

How awesome you got to feed one! Tooooooo cool!

Sue said...

What adorable babies. I love that picture of Matt rubbing the throat and the little guy looks like he never wants it to stop.

Max the Quilt Cat said...

Wonderful photos... I really enjoyed them

Have a great Thanksgiving...

pawhugs, Max

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