Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Is this Weird, or is it Just Me?

I was checking out some blogs on the weekend, and stumbled across a few blogs from New Zealand. One little family decided to take a trip to Zion Wildlife Preserve for the day. A family trip to see big wild cats - what could be nicer on a warm, sunny day (which they're having down there, this being the end of their summer)? It's very exciting! Look! You can take your child, and they can stick their hands through the bars and pet the nice kitty! And look to the right of this shot. See that gap? When your child has petted the kitty, the kitty can stick his paw through and pet your baby!! I know we're risk-phobic in this neck of the world - it's a trait that drives me nuts most days - and I can see that the dad in this shot has a firm grip on the child, but even for me, this is pretty wild...


Blogger Juggling Mother said...

um, yeah. I think a little more protection would be in order there!

How high are the fences? big cats jump quite well!

Perhaps I was wrong in thinking of NZ as the safer part of the antipodean world:-)

3/15/2006 08:27:00 a.m.  
Blogger kittenpie said...

There is a place called something like jungle cat world in Ontario (Orono, I think) that had little more than this in terms of actual enclosure, but I think there was maybe a short fence a couple of feet back to keep people at a distance while the trainers could feed the cats through the fence and talk to the observers. But this is madness. I do hope that is one old, lazy, and well-fed tiger.

3/15/2006 10:31:00 a.m.  
Blogger Anon said...

No, its not just you.

Mrs.Aginoth. antipodean! Nice word :-)

3/15/2006 10:37:00 a.m.  
Blogger Granny said...

Not just you. Hadn't they ever heard of Siegfried and Roy?

A wild animal will always be a wild animal.

3/15/2006 10:43:00 a.m.  
Blogger Jenorama said...

Jesus, That is one scary picture!!!

3/15/2006 11:39:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

MrsA: How high are the fences? Good question! I just assumed there'd be a roof to the enclosure - but perhaps that would be assuming too much??

Kittenpie: "One lazy, well-fed tiger" reminds me of the old Stanley Holloway monologue about "Albert and the Lion". Are you familiar with it? A child shoves his "stick wiv an 'orses 'ead 'andle" into the ear of a lion, one Wallace by name, who disappointed him by being so laid-back.

"You can see that the lion didn't like it,
For, giving a kind of a roll,
He pulled Albert inside the cage with him,
And swallowed the little lad whole!"

I loved this story as a kid. (It has a happy ending. For everyone except Pa Ramsbottom, anyway.)

Si: Didn't really think so, but it's nice to hear, nonetheless. (That Mrs. A is a smart cookie, isn't she??)

Granny: I know of S&R only vaguely: a glitzy-cheesy Vegas illusionist act that uses wild cats in their show. Is there more I'm missing?

Jen: I know from friends who have travelled down there that zoos in that part of the world allow much more human-animal contact. Petting koalas and feeding the peacocks, that sort of thing.

Nice for the humans, but sad for the animals, I always thought, being used to the Metro Toronto Zoo's style of animal husbandry and display. This overdoes the contact possibility just a little, I think!

3/15/2006 06:02:00 p.m.  
Blogger kittenpie said...

ooh, or the tale of "Pierre" by Maurice Sendak! I loved his when I was little. I will have to look up yours, sounds fun.

3/15/2006 07:36:00 p.m.  
Blogger Kristen said...

Whoah. The dad holding him back wouldn't do much good if the "kitty" decided to take a swipe. I'm pretty sure kitty's a lot stronger and faster than dad is.


3/15/2006 08:21:00 p.m.  
Blogger kimmyk said...


if that big ole kitty kitty wanted to grab that lil boys leg....that dad surely doesn't have the death grip needed. sheesh

3/15/2006 08:37:00 p.m.  
Blogger Queen Bee said...

Cats are fast. You have no idea when it decides to swing its paw. Yes, I agree the father should have a firm grip on his toddler. ;)

3/16/2006 02:09:00 a.m.  
Anonymous erm...*shrug* said...

its just you. If the kid was stupid enough to stick its hand through the bars, well, that there is evolution in action. No-one is gonna shag the one armed kid.

3/17/2006 02:38:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Hello, "erm": (It's another Brit, ladies and gentlemen!) LOL...if we were going to trust the future of the race to the common sense of toddlers, the human race would die out in one generation. Which would make parenting much easier, granted, but would be rather short-sighted thinking, all in all.

3/17/2006 02:53:00 p.m.  
Anonymous NRG (aka erm...*shrug*) said...

You may have a point. For obvious reasons i can't remember the specifics of being a toddler, but i suppose they probably are a bit lacking in survival instict, after all they haven't got to the stage of having to deal with the school bully yet.
Sorry about the lack of a name, i'm not really feeling up to the task of coming up with an amusing new alias right now, and my usual crap online name doesn't quite seem appropriate for the altogether more sophisticated (or at least, literate) world of blogs. Maybe i'll just use my initials, in an ironic 'oh haha isn't it funny the lazy guy calls himself NRG' kind of way. Yeah, that'll do.

3/17/2006 03:38:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup there is something wrong with this picture.

The tiger seems to be ignoring the snack food just over the fence.

Thoughts for the tiger;

Its wearing a diaper and smells like poo I think I'll pass.:-)

3/17/2006 03:57:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

NRG: "Lacking in survival instinct" is charming in its moderation. "Toddling death-wishes", I call them.

anonymous: "Snack food"..."smells like poo"... Thanks for the laugh!

3/17/2006 05:16:00 p.m.  

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