Columbus, OH- July 31, 2012
My niece works for the promotions department at a zoo made famous by its charismatic director, who is often seen on TV talk shows. It's a unique opportunity for her, a young woman who has always had a passion for animals. It's also afforded my children and me with up close and personal experiences with the animals for which she cares. We've touched snakes, fed sloths, and hung out with Arctic foxes.
For me, though, the best experiences have been with the big cats. My spirit animal is the Cougar, but I feel a close connection to all of its cousins. I've been fortunate to fraternize with Snow Leopard kittens, Cheetahs, Caracals, and Lynx. But nothing compares to last week's experience.
That's a TIGER kitten I'm holding! This little guy and his brother were about a month old. Adorable, stunning, or awe inspiring doesn't begin to describe them. Try "religious experience." These were my "people" and this experience further inspired me to advocate not only for the Tiger but for organizations that promote the health and well-being of all our big cats (such as The Cougar Fund).