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Old 05-07-2020, 04:30 AM
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Due to the crazy, Out of Africa is struggling. They have a bunch of hungry lions and tigers, but depend on visitors paying hefty entrance fees which hasn't been happening lately.

They opened up for drive-thru last week, and while I knew it was going to be really lame, I went today. The residents have very nice, large habitats so most of the animals were off doing their own things and couldn't be seen.

The park owners knew that most folks wouldn't be happy with that, so had a couple of workers next to the tiger and lion enclosures who had bribed a couple of large cats to doze by the fences.

At the tiger stop, the car in front of me which had 3 little barky dogs kicking up a fuss, opened the window to let them have a good look. 1 dog fell/jumped out. 1 tiger woke up and started looking interested. The worker wasn't very gentle while grabbing dog and tossing it back in the car. Loud and angry words happened and the car ended up turning around (assuming they got kicked out).

When I got to the lion stop, a lioness walked up to the fence and looked at me, so of course I stopped to take pics. The guy behind me also wanted pics and rolled down his window which allowed his dog to jump out and start barking at the big cats. The owner hopped out to grab the dog and the worker came sprinting to do whatever he thought he could do if that big cat went over the fence.

The lioness looked annoyed, her sexually intact mate came out of the bush and peed on the dog, the owner and into the open car.

So, back to my original question...do you really like those dogs, or were you just trying to find a way to sue people?

Edited to say that Out of Africa is usually a wonderful experience, not lame at all, but also not set up for drive through. I enjoyed myself a lot today. I encourage everyone to visit and support wild animal sanctuaries, but until the crazy is over, don't expect much besides the the good feeling that you get when you buy a tiger a steak.

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Old 05-07-2020, 05:05 AM
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It doesn't matter how big they are, a cat is a cat. Give it an opening to get even for annoying them and they will take it.
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Old 05-07-2020, 05:24 AM
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Disney and their ilk did the world no favors by presenting nature as all pretty and peaceful and harmless.

Reality strongly disagrees with that delusion.
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Old 05-13-2020, 09:06 PM
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I went back to Out of Africa yesterday and saw the sign had been changed. For everyone's safety, dogs are no longer allowed. I sure hope no workers got hurt due to idiot dog owners.

Also...the reason I was there was to deliver a big garbage bag full of fresh, home grown catnip along with paper bags. The keepers put the catnip in the paper bags, crumbled up the bags and tossed them over the fences. Big cats like catnip

It looks like I have a new side gig...1 free pass in exchange for a big garbage bag full of catnip!
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Old 05-14-2020, 02:41 AM
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Disney and their ilk did the world no favors by presenting nature as all pretty and peaceful and harmless.
You've got THAT right. We haven't been prey for so long that we've forgotten that we -- and our smaller pets -- are STILL prey to large predators.
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Old 05-14-2020, 03:52 AM
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The keepers put the catnip in the paper bags, crumbled up the bags and tossed them over the fences. Big cats like catnip
Oh, I'd love to see that
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Old 05-15-2020, 03:01 AM
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OK, here you go:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OPA1bZwOWc

There are at least a couple more videos of it as well.

Not all cats react to catnip. Not all big cats do, either. One of the other videos from Big Cat Rescue showed them trying it on about a half-dozen different types of big cat. Some loved it, some couldn't care less.
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Old 05-15-2020, 03:33 AM
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I'm glad I am retired. I can stay up late watching all of those videos! Thank you!!!

My experience wasn't so musical or close up, but I did a whole bunch of squeeling anyhow!
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Due to the crazy, Out of Africa is struggling.
I haven't been there in years, since I left Arizona. They used to do cub petting sessions there. Sorry to hear they're struggling, although I suppose most zoos and aquariums probably are as well.
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Old 05-22-2020, 01:54 AM
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OK, here you go:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OPA1bZwOWc

There are at least a couple more videos of it as well.

Not all cats react to catnip. Not all big cats do, either. One of the other videos from Big Cat Rescue showed them trying it on about a half-dozen different types of big cat. Some loved it, some couldn't care less.
Their channel is awesome.

Household cats also react differently to 'nip. I had a couple of cats who would spend hours stoned out of their little minds, and others who looked at it like 'Meh' ...

An acquaintance of mine, who lived in a relatively small community, said there was one house not far from here where catnip (somehow) grew wild. She said it looked like a crack house for cats; you'd drive past and there'd be passed-out cats all over the lawn.
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