Lemurs, Tigers, and Bears. Oh My!

Last week amidst a rainstorm, I headed towards Greensburg Indiana to play with Tigers.  Not joking.  A friend told me about a ranch that was raising 2 tiger cubs for a few weeks and their visitors were able to interact with them.  Giddy up!  After a minor rain delay, I was off to live out a dream of mine!

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Stapp’s Circle Ranch is a non-profit organization dedicated to education on wildlife.  I’m not sure why they were raising Jasmine and Rocky this summer.  I didn’t get a chance to ask.  I was so awe struck by the little guys I could have pee’d my pants with excitement!

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Scott, our trained animal handler, was allowed to put the tigers on you but you could rough house with them all you wanted. We were able to bottle feed them a bit of water when you could hold their attention. They were real active then all of a sudden just pass out for a few minutes, then start the cycle over again. It was very cute.

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After the tigers were all worn out, Scott asked us if we wanted to feed the bears… Holy shit, Yes!  Yogi and Boo-Boo were very happy to get their favorite cheesy poofs treats.  Boo-Boo, however, was in heat so we didn’t get to feed her directly.  Yogi came over and patiently waited for some treats.

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Adults were allowed to feed the bear through the big door and pet Yogi on the nose.

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Then, as the last adult, Scott told me to trust him.  He told me to put a cheesy poof in my mouth and let Yogi get it.  Only an hour before the 2 bears looked like this, but when in Rome!  I’ll try to get the video posted this weekend.

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They had a ton of other animals to observe too.

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There were plenty more I didn’t show you here.  I recommend going if you can get there while the tigers are still around.  Once in a lifetime experience for a mere $13.  After we saw all the animals we could see, I wanted to head over to Greensburg for the final event of the day. A tree growing out of a building.

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There is a long history of a tree growing here.  Over the years several have come and gone, so it was pretty cool to see this rare phenomenon.  Great memories!