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Old 07-10-2009, 09:15   #1
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Attacked by a Tiger !

Tonight we were both viciously attacked by a Tiger. Nicolle's leg was savaged by the 3 month of baby cub and if her stockings were thinner his teeth would have penetrated almost to the skin. He clawed both Nic and me and his soft feet were like a baby puppies. Actually I think he had been de-clawed. He certainly wasn't one of the drugged tigers for tourists in Thailand. Damn little thing is a biting dynamo!

We were at a Petting Zoo ($3 each) in Johor Bahru that is part of the DangaBay development that’s associated with this marina.

The tiger cub is one of the many attractions... centred mainly on small and cuddly animals. The zoo is absolutely scrupulously clean and the animals well cared for. Much better than one would imagine in Asia. Still its no London Zoo, TorongaPark or Chicago Zoo. But here you get right up close to the animals you normally get held meters from. And if you want to cuddle a tiger, well, it might not be politically correct but.... well, we cuddled!

Sorry for the photo quality. Our underwater camera is bung both above and below the surface

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Click on the photos to see the enlargement of Nicolle - She's just about to be launched upon! Her lil face is priceless
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I like Tigers. Only seen real ones in a Zoo in Thailand (and pretty much how you would expect them to be kept in Asia ).

Only 2 types of Tiger Keeper, those who've been eaten by a Tiger. and those haven't been.............yet

Looking forward to the thread: "How do I stow a cute Tiger cub on my Boat"
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I like Tigers. Only seen real ones in a Zoo in Thailand (and pretty much how you would expect them to be kept in Asia ).

Only 2 types of Tiger Keeper, those who've been eaten by a Tiger. and those haven't been.............yet

Looking forward to the thread: "How do I stow a cute Tiger cub on my Boat"
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That's pretty cool Mark. How many people ever get to pet a tiger? It looks like you and your daughter are having a great adventure.
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Don't tell those PETA folks (or is that PITA?) about this... or about all the flying fish you've conked with that big brute of a fiberglass boat...
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Look at the paws on that little cutie!

DOJ -- better keep him away from the goat! Ever read "Life of Pi"? Tigers are NOT good boaters!

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Wow

Danga Bay looks like it'll be very flash when all done

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Don't tell those PETA folks (or is that PITA?) about this... or about all the flying fish you've conked with that big brute of a fiberglass boat...
PITA Yeah, they would have a field day. But there are trade offs... if people get right up close and personal to an animal they will remember it all their lives. That love can lead to many good things in conservation. I wonder if its worth having some sacraficial animals so we can do that? I think it is probably worth it. I know in a zoo like Sydneys you don't even see the tigers, only htrough glass; and theres a new exhibit (forgot which animal) where you just see them on TV screens. We need to be proctective, but our over-protectivenss gets, as you say, to be a PITA

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Danga Bay looks like it'll be very flash when all done

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Yeah, that dock you see has been expanded. and has now 64 berths. The whole water front will have marinas later. I think its like a 20 year plan and covers the whole area. We say a model of it and it looks like a complete city.
The boss of it all Dato Lim came down the marina last week and met us and had a nice chat. Nice guy. Mega wealthy doesnt scratch the surface. When these guys have dreams they make them grand!
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PETA = people eating tasty animals
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PITA Yeah, they would have a field day. But there are trade offs... if people get right up close and personal to an animal they will remember it all their lives. That love can lead to many good things in conservation.!
Have you had breakfast with the orangutans?

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I have had meals with some real animals.
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Nope.

We were taken to lunch by a mum and her baby, though.... The menu was a bit low on range: It was bananas or nothing!
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PITA Yeah, they would have a field day. But there are trade offs... if people get right up close and personal to an animal they will remember it all their lives. That love can lead to many good things in conservation. I wonder if its worth having some sacraficial animals so we can do that? I think it is probably worth it. I know in a zoo like Sydneys you don't even see the tigers, only htrough glass; and theres a new exhibit (forgot which animal) where you just see them on TV screens. We need to be proctective, but our over-protectivenss gets, as you say, to be a PITA
Yeah, I've argued this before. Over here we had a world famous Zoo (set up by Gerald Durrell back in the 60's to do conservation stuff and educate people........which at the time was ground breaking stuff)......when I was a kid used to go and see Chimps, Lions and other interesting stuff

Long since stopped being called a Zoo, now a conservation park (or summit)......they do lots of good work, educating folks from around the world, breeding animals and reintroducing them to the wild etc etc.........but last time up their it was kinda dull (they are big on reptiles, all very worthy - but kinda dull - especially no 'Gators..........to feed )...........and IMO long term they are missing the target of inspiring kids.
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If you look at the first post in this thread wiht the little tiger cub.

Well the cub has grown.... but the security has not!


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According to an AFP report, the 10-month-old tiger attacked a little girl in Indonesia late last month, as it was being transferred from one enclosure to another.
Upon seeing the toddler, the tiger became 'excited and wanted to play' with her, knocking over one of its trainers in the process.
NGO: Johor's Danga Bay petting zoo risks tiger attack

The article is a few months old.

Its crazy ol thing, but some countries don't have the safety requirements that we do:
“Our trainers sleep with our tigers every night for nine months as soon as they are three months old,” he said.

Thats gotta be worth some danger money!
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