Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Encounter with a Bengal Tiger

Once in a lifetime...
Hardly! I will do this again if I am able.

His "nickname" is Titan, he does not yet have a formal name. There is a contest the zoo is putting on to give him an official name. Tigers deserve names that befit them.

Very playful little guy (18kg) at 11 weeks. The fur isn't soft like a kitten, but slightly wiry. Under the fur, its all muscle. Sasha said he was doing the "tigger" thing today, bounding around. At just under 3 months old he is definitely a tiger. The experience was very much like playing with a 10-12 month old German Shepard puppy. You KNOW he is powerful, and must respect him (he deserves that).

Robyn's friendly reminder "18 claws and 30 teeth" rings in my ears. He did charge me a few times and brushed me with his paw, his claws retracted. He knows that he is just playing with me, the stuffted toy will not fare so well.





4 comments:

Tom said...

Awesome pictures Lance. And what an incredible experience to be "up close and personal."

Thanks for sharing!

Tom said...

Awesome pictures Lance. And what an incredible experience to be "up close and personal."

Thanks for sharing!

Rose Ann said...

What a great experience. I was glad to see Robyn in the area with you.Mom

Pam said...

Beautiful Animal.