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Year of the Tiger

I was lucky enough to ring in the New Year (a few days early) with the company of some zodiac representatives.


Minced, mauled, and never happier about it!



Business took us to Rochester, New York so mbala and I decided to make a weekend trip out of it and visit Niagara Falls and then some friends in Toronto before heading back. Sometimes impromptu travels can be the best kind :)

We were hit by insane snowstorms from about Chicago all the way to New York. Even growing up in Minnesota I can't remember so many hours of such harrowing driving - semis tipped over, more cars in the ditches than on the road, and major whiteouts. Regardless, we made it to our destination no worse for our wear - but our car was SO covered in ice there was more than an inch thick chunk completely covering our front license plate, it was pretty incredible.

After seeing the 'real' Rochester, we went over to Niagara Falls. I admit they weren't quite what I expected. For some reason I thought they were going to be monumental, all around you - not in the distance surrounded by casinos and fancy motels. It was still neat to see, and very beautiful with all the frozen water, ice, and lack of tourists.


Aptly named Rainbow Falls.

After a nice hike, we headed up to Toronto to pick up Eric (walkswithtigers) and Bernice (gishkishenh) before heading out to Jungle Cat World – a fantastic little sanctuary with a bed and breakfast on site. We stayed at the zoo overnight and see the animals when they were most active – when the rest of the crowd has gone home. You can find their site here: http://www.junglecatworld.com/


The stars of the zoo - the tigers.


I think all cats are beautiful, but is there anything more amazing than the face of a tiger?


Because of the Chinese New Year, the sanctuary had a pair of cubs scheduled for a few local events, so we had the chance to meet them. They found us quite delicious.


I lost a chunk of hair and was covered in tiger drool. Awesome!


Legs are also delicious.

My jacket was equally tasty.

As was Eric's hat.

Tiger ears were also on the menu.

I think this amusing picture sums up the rambunctious cubs quite well - don't shake the tiger!!


There were actually a lot of other animals at the sanctuary as well - lynx, bobcats, cougars, jaguars, snow leopards, wolves, otters, foxes, and much more!



I was amazed to see peacocks outdoors - I didn't realize they could handle such a cold winter outside. Good to know! I see them in our farm future.


Myself, Roman, Eric (with his tiger beer), and Bernice (with Wolfy)
Awesome company, awesome time!

I will continue next post with the rest of the trip, including a visit to Mountberg Raptor Centre and lots of gorgeous birds!

Comments

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moonvoice
Feb. 25th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
Tiger noms, how awesome! I'd take being nommed on by baby tigers any day!!! :D :D :D
thornwolf
Feb. 25th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
Tigers are such gluttons!
peachtales
Feb. 25th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
Oooh, that looks like it was sooo much fun! I see a new sporting event - the scarf pull :D
jamminbison
Feb. 25th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
Good to know you had an awesome time!! I seen Bernice's pics on Facebook and seeing more just seals how cool that place must have been over night! Thanks for sharing. :]
lyosha
Feb. 25th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
So awesome!!
walkswithtigers
Feb. 25th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
Good friends and tigers? You can't go wrong!

There must be a sequel.
foxfeather
Feb. 25th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
I agree! I wish Toronto wasn't so far from here. It should be where Thunder Bay is instead!
enveri
Feb. 25th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
that looks like so much fun! :D
desertcoyote
Feb. 25th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
Very cool. :)
genmaicha
Feb. 25th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
Tigers, wow. That's so cool.
dustwing
Feb. 25th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
OMG DAWWWWWWWWWW! sooo cuuuute XD
tugrik
Feb. 25th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
Tigers are awesome. That sounds like it was an excellent trip. :)

My aunt hand raised one. He loved to sprawl out in the living room and watch TV with the family. They didn't get him his own enclosure until he passed 600lbs...

midwestcougar
Feb. 25th, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
Wow... that is awesome. Although, I still think my 12lbs domestic cat is just as "wild" as any wild cat in captivity. ;)
trufflehog
Feb. 25th, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
that is really -really- awesome! the tigers, very much so, but gosh darnit i want to see niagara falls. its just one of those cheesy gotta-see-before-you-die sorta things.
and i do. so badly!
gishkishenh
Feb. 25th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
It was SOOO amazing meeting you guys!!! And the actual weekend is so unforgettable! We must haaannnggg again! XD
shoomlah
Feb. 25th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
So tigers eat eeeeverything. :D

Too cute!
-C
ssantara
Feb. 25th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
So glad you had a great time and great pics! Happy Year of the Tiger from this Tiger! ;)
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ebonytigress
Feb. 25th, 2010 06:48 am (UTC)
Awww baby cats nomming on everything <3

Such beautiful photos too, I'd love to see Niagra Falls, I saw it last when I was a child so I'd love to see and appreciate it as an adult.

Peacock's are awesome, them and their Ahh-AH! call XD
footpad
Feb. 25th, 2010 08:15 am (UTC)
That facial portrait is simply magnificent—I can't imagine the light being better for it.

I'm not big on being bussed around as a tourist, but it is actually worth taking one of the tour boats that drive up to the foot of the Falls.
doc_halfmoon
Feb. 25th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
Wow!!! Can't wait to see the rest of the trip! =D Tigers are amazing, however I found them pretty intimidating ... even if they're cubs! ;D
chenneoue
Feb. 25th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
LOL. Awww... they are like... Can I eat this??? :P
synnabar
Feb. 25th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
Tigers are so beautiful. :) When it comes to cats I can't pick favorites but they are way up there!

And yay, so glad to hear you had a great time! :D :D :D

I think there is a trip to jungle cat world in my future. XD
uniformgrey
Feb. 26th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
What fantastic shots! Thanks for sharing and glad to hear that you had a fun (and safe!) trip!
cesarin
Mar. 25th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
seems these lil tigers found EVERYTHING delicious XD
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