‘Roar” said some kid.
“Meowoof” said the tiger.
The tiger’s roar sounded like a combination purr and bark. They are by definition “Big Cats” but when I rested my head and rubbed Mak’s belly I couldn’t help but think of lying with my family dog. Maybe it was all in my head but imagination aside Tiger Kingdom in Phuket, Thailand was an outstanding adventure!
For roughly $30 you get admission & can spend some time with the striped beasts. They have other packages and prices go up the younger the tigers get. Brian and I were content with the biggest of the bunch and spent the preceding hour wandering among the cages. Tiger Kingdom has a few dozen animals but only uses about 10 or so per day leaving the rest for us to watch behind a thing fence.
Before entering the pen the trainers review some serious safety precautions. Sure they are trained. Signs everywhere warn that they are “NOT DRUGGED” so follow all the rules. The trainers were playing with very active tigers getting them to chase toys exactly like your friend plays with his cat. Well, except that they are much bigger than you and freaking tigers!
Finally it was our turn! We were told “be sure to pet heavily rather than lightly” & “stay behind them; NEVER go near their head.” We spent about 10 minutes with the first tiger (big boy I’m laying on in the first picture.) Brian and I took turns photographing and playing in what was certainly the most exciting few minutes of our lives!
Since we behaved ourselves and followed the rules with our new friend they brought us over to a second tiger! He was roughly the same size and our trainer pulled a few tricks with him. First grabbing a stick and poking him in the ear then playing with his whiskers. Why am I even telling you just watch the gif & check out these amazing photos!