Tiger Tale

by Alan Rider

monktigerI’ve been fortunate to have some pretty darn cool wildlife encounters over the years, including coming literally face-to-face with a group of endangered manatees off the Florida coast and getting close enough to see—and hear—an 800-pound Alaskan grizzly eating her lunch.  But nothing tops the interspecies encounter I saw on the TV news last night.

The so-called “Tiger Temple” in  Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province has become something of an orphanage for abandoned tiger cubs, many of whom have grown up to have cubs of their own here. There are now more than 30 of the rare beasts being cared for by the Buddhist monks who offer visitors a chance to get up-close-and-personal with 500-pound adult tigers.  Needless to say, I think this place has “extraordinary experience” written all over it.

You can decide for yourself by checking out the ABC News video here.  While you’re doing that, I’ll be figuring out how to bring you a first-hand report from the scene!



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