View Full Version : Catch a tiger by the tail..... *Picture*

01-26-2004, 09:36 AM
Or in this case.... a bottle! :D


Isn't she adorable!? Her name is Tori and she's a 21 week old Siberian Tiger cub, weighing in at 40 lbs.

Andy and I had gone to Gibralter Trade Center (a flea market of sorts) and Premier Animal Attractions were there. They are a private zoo/rescue. They do events, faires, educational programs, commercials, ect.

They had many of their animals on display, but you could have your picture taken with the tiger cubs. They were so freakin' cute! And it was equally cute to see this huge burly man speak so lovingly of the cub he sat in our laps. He told us all about her and she just happily sucked on the bottle. :D

01-26-2004, 10:32 AM
OMG GREAT photo :D

01-26-2004, 10:57 AM
Awwwww! That is the sweetest looking tiger cub ever!:D

Edwina's Secretary
01-26-2004, 11:08 AM
WOW!!! My husband would be sooo envious. He just loves big cats and would be thrilled to hold one like you did!

01-26-2004, 11:36 AM
OK....I'm jealous. When my husband and I went to Vegas 3 years ago, the MGM had Tigers there but no babies to have our photos taken with. :(

Actually, the picture is wonderful. I look forward to my next trip out to Vegas so I too can have a picture like that.

01-26-2004, 12:50 PM
I'm sat here going green! Just how jealous are you trying to make me :D :D Great picture Kimmy!!


01-26-2004, 02:06 PM
I have never been so jealous of two people in my life as I am with you guys right now. I just LOVE tigers and that is my all time dream, holding one of those little beauties and bottle feeding it.
What a gorgeous picture.

01-26-2004, 03:07 PM
OMG! That is the coolest Kim! What a great photo:D

01-26-2004, 03:37 PM
I love the beautiful cat! That must have been fun to feed and pet it!
You are both pretty people too.:)

Thank you for sharing a great photo with us!

01-26-2004, 03:39 PM
WAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!! I want one!!!!! So tell me, how was Tori's fur??? I am SO jealous!! Which Gibraltar Trade Center was it? If it was the one in Southgate, I'll be REALLY pissed!!!

01-26-2004, 03:48 PM
OMG!!!!! :eek: I want to hold a baby tiger! You're SO lucky!!!


That cub is SOOOOOOOOOO CUTE!!!!! I remember petting a lion once at some wild animal safari type of place (can't remember where) when I was about 6 or 7 years old. It was such a great experience, but it has been so long, and seeing your picture is making me so jealous! I WANT THAT TIGER! :p

01-26-2004, 04:34 PM
Originally posted by moosmom
WAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!! I want one!!!!! So tell me, how was Tori's fur??? I am SO jealous!! Which Gibraltar Trade Center was it? If it was the one in Southgate, I'll be REALLY pissed!!!
Tori's fur was soft but coarse... kinda hard to describe. :)

It was Mt. Clemens, Donna. You're gonna kill me, but I tried calling you before we left for Gibraltar to see if you'd like to meet us there. But your home line rang busy and your cell phone was off. :eek: :(

BUT... they are going to be back and at the Trade Center in Taylor this upcoming weekend. :) That one is closer to you than Mt. Clemens I think. :)

Here's the schedule (http://www.premieranimalattractions.com/schedule.html).

01-26-2004, 06:00 PM
Kimmy, that is soooo CUTE!!! (S)he looks sooo soft! :cool:

01-26-2004, 06:06 PM
I cant see the picture! :(

01-26-2004, 06:07 PM
How cute! I got to hold a tiger cub once when I was doing a 4-H livestock show. But the picture is in Texas at my parents house.

01-28-2004, 06:24 PM
I meant to reply to this thread earlier but didn't have time.

I love the photo! You guys are so lucky!!!:)
I looked at the link you posted and noticed that they had lots of different animals.
Did you see any of their other big cats? I would love to see the black leopard.:)

01-28-2004, 07:27 PM
Oh My Gosh, What a great picture! Like everyone else I am so jealous! I almost missed this thread. I'm so glad I caught it. You guys look fantastic!

Robin :)

Aspen and Misty
01-28-2004, 10:02 PM
We did that while in south Carolina and I have to say that was one of teh cooliest things I've ever done! Your pic look cute!

(I'm the one holding the sweeties head)



01-28-2004, 10:09 PM
Oh my Kimmy that is SO incredibly adorable!!! What a photo to treasure forever and remember that moment and how it felt to hold that BEAUTIFUL tiger cub. What a Kodak moment and the picture is just wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!

01-28-2004, 10:26 PM
I could never support these traveling "zoos" and my reasons may surprise you, so please hear me out. As an occasional volunteer at a big cats rescue (related thread: http://petoftheday.com/talk/showthread.php?s=&threadid=25368) Iíve had my eyes opened to the horrors behind something as seemingly innocent as taking a picture with a baby tiger.

I will leave it to the experts to describe some of the atrocities which are part of the commercial exploitation of big cats. The experts in this case are the real rescue organizations!

Every year the animal exhibits want to have a cute little cub on display for the paying public, but next year where does that cub go? Alan Green's book, Animal Underworld tells you the sad truth. You will always be told that it went to another zoo, but they are all breeding like crazy and none of them wants the adults from each previous year, so they end up in canned hunts and at auctions to anyone with $100.00 in their pocket and then they are bred like beagles for the "pet" trade.

These sort of photo opportunities are what causes life times of suffering for the animals and I would strongly urge you to learn more about how these things work before adding to the problem. You probably love the big cats and would not knowingly do something to hurt them. In the State of Florida, it is legal for a person to touch a great cat (lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar) until they are 40 pounds. Many people breed these cats just for that market. They produce lots of cute little cubs for people to have their pictures made with. To keep them under 40 pounds, as long as possible, they starve them, deprive them of the calcium they need to grow strong (thus heavy) bones and then when the cub passes it's 40 pound limit, they are dumped at auctions where they are bought by people who offer canned hunts (illegally in the case of the tiger, leopard and jag, but done all the same). The other options for these cats are that unscrupulous people who want to make money in the photo opp business will buy them and breed them like rabbits, doing the same thing over and over. They typically call themselves sanctuaries and say that they are breeding for conservation efforts, but the truth is that virtually none of them really are. (Ask to see the proof of signed governmental contracts for release and reintroduction.) If you don't provide the demand for this market, then it will go away.

More information: http://www.bigcatrescue.org/animal_abuse.htm

Iím sorry if this comes across as an attack, but I just CANNOT leave this unsaid. I hope you can understand.

Aspen and Misty
01-29-2004, 01:01 AM
The place where I took mine (I'll try to find the name) If I rember correctly was a big cat rescue. They also didn't travel and they had a large farm not to far away that the cats went to at night.


There is there web page.

While we were there soemone was talking about how tigers numbers were going down in the wild and educating the people about the tigers.

You should read this