Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!
Trip Start May 31, 2011
14Trip End Jun 23, 2011
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What I did
Drive from Eureka to Coos Bay
I picked up some excellent travel sickness acupunture bans from the pharmacy which I LOVVEEE. I could even look down and read without feeling sick. It made the day a lot more fun as drove along the coast singing along to my ipod, not killing each other.
We saw some elk a couple of times today and stopped by a trail caled Lost Mans Creek, but it was a bit secluded, very bush and had warnings of bears, lions, elk and ticks so we decided to just to take a wonder close to the main entry and took lots of photos of the river beneath us. It was very peaceful and gorgeous to look at.
As we continued to drive today we came across the reason for the title of this entry. West Coast Game Park promised you could pat a tiger cub. When Danny asked if we could go, I said sure thing, not believing we would get to see much but animals in cages.
We entered, saw the sign say $16 ea entry fee, still not convinced I was going to come close to any animals, boy was I wrong. We bought some food for $1 and walked on through to the feeding area where we were surrounded by goats and deer dying to get some food. Ended up throwing it at them, as it's a bit daunting having all these animals surround you and jump on you to get food. At least Meika sits when I tell her to.
Next up we waited for the "show" and oh boy... if nothing else were to happen on this trip and we had to leave tomorrow, we would go home happy people. The keeper brought out 2 tiger cubs and allowed us a couple of minutes in the pen with them. He said to sit on the floor and they would climb all over you. The only rule was to not touch their faces, they are still tigers after all and being cubs were veryyyyy playful.
The pictures and video we got actually capture quite well how much fun those couple of minutes were
After this extremely exciting moment in my life, we also got to pat and have a bit of fun with a 6 week old leopod. He was beutiful but so young so a little frightened of us.. Still being able to touch him even for a minute while his big papa nearby (in another cage of course) was amazing. They had a range of adult big cats from lions to tigers, pumas, etc as well as black bears, 3 horned sheep, wallabys, zebras, foxes, bison and a chimp who we also got some great footage of.
All in all, a truely memorable day and all that for a total of $32. The things you find on the road....