Posted by Samimista (21696 posts) - - Show Bio

I usually don't post personal pictures on here but thought I'd share an amazing experience I had today with friends here. =D I went to a rescue animal farm and was able to play with a Siberian 8 weeks old tiger name Thunder. First time being up close to a tiger too. ^__^

The blonde haired girl wearing the green shirt was a volunteer or an employee if anyone's wondering. Definitely a place I'd like to go to again though. There was even the Fugitive Monkey/Mystery Monkey that was on the run in FL for four years who now resides where I was at.

#1 Edited by dccomicsrule2011 (29415 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista: Ooh snap that's amazing! :D That Tiger cub is so cute xD

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#2 Posted by Pyrogram (42496 posts) - - Show Bio

Awwwwwww! These are amazing! Lucky! What an experience! Nice one Samz! ^__^ What a cute tiger!

#3 Posted by BumpyBoo (11651 posts) - - Show Bio

That must have been amazing, how adorable!! What a lovely experience, it is great to see the tiger up close, these pics are brilliant. Being there in person is something else though, good for you, sweetie. Looking good, lil' sis!! ^__^

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#4 Posted by Samimista (21696 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista: Ooh snap that's amazing! :D That Tiger cub is so cute xD

He really is! We had to pay 19 bucks extra in order to see him but it was so worth it. Really playful. The volunteer had to hold him and lure him over with toys a few times. Playful little guy. =D

@pyrogram said:

Awwwwwww! These are amazing! Lucky! What an experience! Nice one Samz! ^__^ What a cute tiger!

Hehe! He really is. xD His mom is named Nikita. Saw her in a cage while doing the tram tour through the rescue farm. He didn't bite or anything Thunder. He wasn't really supposed to go on people's laps but luckily the volunteer allowed him to stay on mine for a bit. =D

@bumpyboo said:

That must have been amazing, how adorable!! What a lovely experience, it is great to see the tiger up close, these pics are brilliant. Being there in person is something else though, good for you, sweetie. Looking good, lil' sis!! ^__^

Aw thank you big sis. =D You're always so kind. ^__^ Never knew that wildlife farm existed either. 0.o Always pass it too whenever I'm out. It was really nice seeing him upclose though. Probably a one time experience. =)

#5 Posted by Betatesthighlander1 (7721 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista:

did it try to scratch you or anything?

#6 Edited by BumpyBoo (11651 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista:

You're welcome :D Even if you only ever do that the once though, I dare say you won't ever forget it :)

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#7 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (38961 posts) - - Show Bio

Well colour me jealous

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#8 Posted by Samimista (21696 posts) - - Show Bio

@bumpyboo: That is true. =D There was also llamas too! 0.0 Didn't see them up close though. Temporarily they have the llamas fenced in on a sink hole. 0.o Don't think the location of that was smart but they said in July that will be changed.

@betatesthighlander1:

It didn't but he couldn't stay still. Active little guy. To be honest I was actually surprised on how used the tiger seemed to be around people. When he had his paw on my lap he didn't even take his claws out.

#9 Posted by Xwraith (24539 posts) - - Show Bio

When I first saw the title I thought "Sammi?"

Then I saw who posted it.

#10 Posted by Samimista (21696 posts) - - Show Bio

Well colour me jealous

I don't know where you live but I'd see if there's a wildlife rescue near you that lets you pet tigers. You could actually swim with them too but I'm not into swimming. xD I think the wildlife I went to is only allowing this til July since the cubs by then will be big. If a tiger is 40lbs+ it would be illegal for people to engage in activities with them. Least that's what I was told.

@xwraith said:

When I first saw the title I thought "Sammi?"

Then I saw who posted it.

Breaking News: Crazy raccoon lady who has an obsession with cupcakes breaks into wildlife rescue and moves in with a tiger who she has a tea party with. =D

#11 Edited by Betatesthighlander1 (7721 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista:

wow, I had no idea they were so gentile

#12 Edited by Mercy_ (92660 posts) - - Show Bio

cutest thing ever

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#13 Edited by Samimista (21696 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista:

wow, I had no idea they were so gentile

I honestly didn't either. I saw a bunch of other animals but wasn't allowed to record or take pictures. In front of the volunteer and I was a guy who took these pics. There was kangaroos, llamas, buffalos, lions, and turkeys. =D

@mercy_ said:

cutest thing ever

I know right? 0.0 I'm home now and it appears my animals (three cats and two dogs) smell the tiger. Hopefully that goes away after I take a shower. Was really a fun day though. =D Mom surprised me with that.

#14 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (38961 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista: Na nothing like that round the most rural of rural Scotland lol but I did get to play with monkeys when I was on holiday once and I'v also sat on an elephant

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#15 Posted by Betatesthighlander1 (7721 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista: well, that is quite adorable, and I'm glad you enjoyed yourself

#16 Posted by Samimista (21696 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista: Na nothing like that round the most rural of rural Scotland lol but I did get to play with monkeys when I was on holiday once and I'v also sat on an elephant

You live in Scotland? =O It seems really awesome there. And wow! 0.0 Sitting on an elephant? That must of been quite the experience! Monkeys are very cute. xD At the wildlife rescue there was Old World Order monkeys who don't make direct eye contact. They'll look at you on the side then glance away real quick.

@samimista: well, that is quite adorable, and I'm glad you enjoyed yourself

Thank you. =D It's always nice seeing animals. ^__^ Someday I hope to see a panda and an ocelot. Those are really cool. =D Also saw a blue Russian female fox. Looked like a wolf to me at first. 0.0

#17 Posted by Betatesthighlander1 (7721 posts) - - Show Bio
#18 Edited by Mercy_ (92660 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista: I'm ridiculously jealous of you right now

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#19 Posted by Samimista (21696 posts) - - Show Bio

@betatesthighlander1: Seeing the blue Russian fox? Yuppers! =D I don't know where ocelots and pandas would be though. I'd like to go to Lowry's Zoo sometime this summer. I was there ages ago but can barely remember it.

#20 Posted by Betatesthighlander1 (7721 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista: how long ago, would you say (were you a child at that point?)

#21 Posted by dccomicsrule2011 (29415 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista: That really is spectacular i hope you had fun :D

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#22 Posted by Samimista (21696 posts) - - Show Bio

@dccomicsrule2011: Ah I did thank you. =D Got done with the big exams yesterday so this was kind of a treat. xD

@mercy_ said:

@samimista: I'm ridiculously jealous of you right now

Does Massachusetts have any wildlife farms or centers? There could be tigers there. People can even swim with them to. 0.0 The cubs that is. People can't interact with the big tigers. D=

@samimista: how long ago, would you say (were you a child at that point?)

Maybe 7/8 I was? I'm 17 now so it's been awhile lol. I think a few years ago the zoo got remodeled though. There's also another state park that has manatees. =D Those are very friendly. Have not pet one but they usually go up close to people. Unfortunately though some have injury from boats.

#23 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (38961 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista: Yep, s'not bad once you get used to the rain lol. I was very little when I sat on the elephant and I can remember being really scared as it was humongous, Yea monkeys are awesome, it was the little black and white ones like in Ace Vantura and it ran up and sat on my shoulder.

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#24 Edited by Samimista (21696 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista: Yep, s'not bad once you get used to the rain lol. I was very little when I sat on the elephant and I can remember being really scared as it was humongous, Yea monkeys are awesome, it was the little black and white ones like in Ace Vantura and it ran up and sat on my shoulder.

Love rain but hate the thunder. xD So scared of it lol. Here it seems to only rain in the summer but rarely does it rain all day. Usually about 20 minutes it rains for. Ace Ventura. That's one of Jim Carrey's best works. =D Always forget about the sequel though. 0.0

#25 Posted by Betatesthighlander1 (7721 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista: it as a pretty good transcendentally brilliant film

#26 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (38961 posts) - - Show Bio

@jonny_anonymous said:

@samimista: Yep, s'not bad once you get used to the rain lol. I was very little when I sat on the elephant and I can remember being really scared as it was humongous, Yea monkeys are awesome, it was the little black and white ones like in Ace Vantura and it ran up and sat on my shoulder.

Love rain but hate the thunder. xD So scared of it lol. Here it seems to only rain in the summer but rarely does it rain all day. Usually about 20 minutes it rains for. Ace Ventura. That's one of Jim Carrey's best works. =D Always forget about the sequel though. 0.0

I live in the land of perpetual storms lol. Ahhh AV: When Nature Calls is the best one :-)

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#27 Edited by Dragonborn_CT (25077 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista: This is possibly the most awesome combination of adorable and badass I've seen in a while. Even if he is pretty calm and gentle, I would be nervous getting near a freaking tiger. You get extra points for having so much bravery!!

#28 Posted by Samimista (21696 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista: This is possibly the most awesome combination of adorable and badass I've seen in a while. Even if he is pretty calm and gentle, I would be nervous getting near a freaking tiger. You get extra points for having so much bravery!!

Aw thank you. =D I admit I was a bit nervous if it would bite or not but I figured why not since this may be a one time experience. ^__^ He was really adorable. =D The employees said that once July comes they won't let anyone interact with the tigers since they'll be big then.

#29 Edited by lykopis (10869 posts) - - Show Bio

omg -- that is soooooo awesome!!!! **dies**

Awwwhhh -- two cuties, you and the tiger.

<3

An experience of a lifetime. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Sammy!

#30 Posted by Samimista (21696 posts) - - Show Bio

@lykopis said:

omg -- that is soooooo awesome!!!! **dies**

Awwwhhh -- two cuties, you and the tiger.

<3

An experience of a lifetime. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Sammy!

=D *revives you with a Phoenix Down* Your welcome big sis! If only you were there. Then it would of been even more cute! =D

#31 Edited by Betatesthighlander1 (7721 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista: what's the deal with you and raccoons?

#32 Edited by Samimista (21696 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista: what's the deal with you and raccoons?

I like a lot of animals but it started out as an inside joke with a friend and I. She posted a picture of a raccoon (forgot what it was exactly doing) and I started to post a lot of pictures of raccoons. First one I uploaded here was one driving a car. Then after that I decided that every week I'd use different animals for profile themes here. First one I did was of a raccoon and right away the 'raccoon lady' stuck as an actual nickname here. xD Never been up close to an actual raccoon though. I think they're cute but you gotta be careful with them.

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@dragonborn_ct said:

@samimista: This is possibly the most awesome combination of adorable and badass I've seen in a while. Even if he is pretty calm and gentle, I would be nervous getting near a freaking tiger. You get extra points for having so much bravery!!

Aw thank you. =D I admit I was a bit nervous if it would bite or not but I figured why not since this may be a one time experience. ^__^ He was really adorable. =D The employees said that once July comes they won't let anyone interact with the tigers since they'll be big then.

Yeah, you have a great point. Besides, this cub looks pretty harmless (still bigger than my oldest cat thought). And it would have been a bummer missing this one out. Seriously how can you top that experience?

#34 Posted by Samimista (21696 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista said:

@dragonborn_ct said:

@samimista: This is possibly the most awesome combination of adorable and badass I've seen in a while. Even if he is pretty calm and gentle, I would be nervous getting near a freaking tiger. You get extra points for having so much bravery!!

Aw thank you. =D I admit I was a bit nervous if it would bite or not but I figured why not since this may be a one time experience. ^__^ He was really adorable. =D The employees said that once July comes they won't let anyone interact with the tigers since they'll be big then.

Yeah, you have a great point. Besides, this cub looks pretty harmless (still bigger than my oldest cat thought). And it would have been a bummer missing this one out. Seriously how can you top that experience?

So true. =D I don't know how much he weighed but it seemed maybe 10 - 15 lbs from the looks of it? Big paws he had. 0.0 Cute little fellow. =D

#35 Posted by laflux (19889 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista- I guessed that crazy raccoon lady was a code-name for yourself hehe, before entering the thread. Nice pictures though, reminds me of the time when I fed a White Rhino's mints :D

#36 Posted by Samimista (21696 posts) - - Show Bio

@laflux: Lmao! I'll go hipster on those cat ladies! xD You did? 0.0 Wow! =O I didn't even know there is White Rhino's. 0.0 Is it Albino?

#37 Posted by laflux (19889 posts) - - Show Bio

@laflux: Lmao! I'll go hipster on those cat ladies! xD You did? 0.0 Wow! =O I didn't even know there is White Rhino's. 0.0 Is it Albino?

No actually its a common misconception. White and Black Rhino's are the same color, the White is actually a misinterpretation of the Dutch word Wiet, which means Wide. The term wide refers to the much larger top lip it has when compared to the Black Rhino, which distinguishes it as a grazer rather than a browser.

But that's boring stuff. The Rhino's name was Ellie, and she was friendly, though we were not allowed to feed her too many mints at a time, otherwise she'd have a stomach ache D:

#38 Posted by Samimista (21696 posts) - - Show Bio

@laflux said:

@samimista said:

@laflux: Lmao! I'll go hipster on those cat ladies! xD You did? 0.0 Wow! =O I didn't even know there is White Rhino's. 0.0 Is it Albino?

No actually its a common misconception. White and Black Rhino's are the same color, the White is actually a misinterpretation of the Dutch word Wiet, which means Wide. The term wide refers to the much larger top lip it has when compared to the Black Rhino, which distinguishes it as a grazer rather than a browser.

But that's boring stuff. The Rhino's name was Ellie, and she was friendly, though we were not allowed to feed her too many mints at a time, otherwise she'd have a stomach ache D:

Aw Ellie! =D I didn't know that though. 0.0 I thought they were different colors. =O At least they never have to worry about a stinky breath though. =D

#39 Posted by laflux (19889 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista: shame those mints didn't make her habitat smell any better >_<

#40 Posted by Samimista (21696 posts) - - Show Bio

@laflux: Aw. D= About an hour from where I live there's a wildlife park with a hippopotamus who tends to fart a lot and do his business. 0.0 He has his own habitat since he's smelly. He's cute though. =D

#41 Posted by laflux (19889 posts) - - Show Bio

@mercy_ said:

@samimista: I'm ridiculously jealous of you right now

Don't be. Tigers instinctively attack Redheads and Gingers on site, so you'd be best staying far away.

And for the record, Hispter meelo is like Avalonia. Away, but around :)

#42 Posted by Samimista (21696 posts) - - Show Bio

@laflux said:

@mercy_ said:

@samimista: I'm ridiculously jealous of you right now

Don't be. Tigers instinctively attack Redheads and Gingers on site, so you'd be best staying far away.

And for the record, Hispter meelo is like Avalonia. Away, but around :)

Hipster Meelo...Deranged needs to bring that back in style. =D

#43 Posted by laflux (19889 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista: Me and him are actually going to synchronize both are profiles when season two of Legend of Korra starts so we both have hipster Meelo :DDDD

#44 Posted by Samimista (21696 posts) - - Show Bio

@laflux: =D Could I join you both on that? I love Avatar and LoK! Remember when Avatar first premiered.

#45 Posted by laflux (19889 posts) - - Show Bio

@laflux: =D Could I join you both on that? I love Avatar and LoK! Remember when Avatar first premiered.

Certainly!!! The Deranged Witnesses together at last :)

#46 Posted by Samimista (21696 posts) - - Show Bio

@laflux said:

@samimista said:

@laflux: =D Could I join you both on that? I love Avatar and LoK! Remember when Avatar first premiered.

Certainly!!! The Deranged Witnesses together at last :)

Aw yeah! =D Maybe our cult will spread then! We just gotta keep knocking on people's doors more. =D

#47 Edited by mrdecepticonleader (19230 posts) - - Show Bio

It might seem cute now but just wait until it grows up :)

No but it seems like a great experience :) Lucky you!

#48 Posted by Samimista (21696 posts) - - Show Bio

It might seem cute now but just wait until it grows up :)

No but it seems like a great experience :) Lucky you!

=D I can't wait to see him next time. ^__^ It seems that his stripes are still light too.~

Thank you! =D It really was so much fun. ^__^ Never been up close to a tiger until today. =O

#49 Posted by Samimista (21696 posts) - - Show Bio

LOL! I am laughing hysterically right now as my older sister doesn't realize that this was taken at a wildlife shelter and she thinks that my parents bought me a tiger. XD She says to bring it over to her house lol. I don't even think they're legal to own as pets in FL or anywhere in the states.

#50 Posted by mrdecepticonleader (19230 posts) - - Show Bio

@mrdecepticonleader said:

It might seem cute now but just wait until it grows up :)

No but it seems like a great experience :) Lucky you!

=D I can't wait to see him next time. ^__^ It seems that his stripes are still light too.~

Thank you! =D It really was so much fun. ^__^ Never been up close to a tiger until today. =O

Aw ha ha its cool that you are going back too.