Day 5 - noon
Temperature: 33 Celsius
Weather: hot, blue sky
Now that I had my pictures taken with Saifa, the 4 years old hefty tiger, I beamed with joy. I could now say that "I've been here, seen it and done it kind of thing" but most importantly and as you know me, I could now tick it off my list of "things to do before I die"! Yeahhhh!
The best part was that this wasn't the end of it; the show was just beginning here at the canyon even though by this time of day, the heat had intensified.
The scorching sun was up, way up above my head; I could feel my arms burning and droplets of sweat starting to fall from my forehead. Regardless of all of these and with no shade in view except for these gigantic mushrooms like umbrellas, I stood in silence and waited for some action to start.
Looking straight ahead of me, I watched with Michel right next to me the adult tigers play among themselves, fight, jump and splash in the waterfall pool while they did their morning’s exercise with one of the temple’s staff! No barriers separated us from them and if you ask me, no exit in view except going back the same way we came here…….
Exciting, thrilling, electrifying, eye-popping, mind-blowing, all of these words can describe the feelings I had while watching the spectacle. Was I scared…..no way! Was I having fun….yes sir, even in this heat!
It’s funny what can come to a person’s mind at a time like this! Movies popped in my mind of people being eaten by tigers like these ones and in canyons like this! Now, now! This definitely wasn’t a good time to be reminded of them!
Regardless of what I thought and what came into mind, from where I stood with the rest of the group, I felt safe and secure even though once in a while, one of those big huge tigers would pass just one foot away from me!
You might wonder what I did during that time! I continued taking pictures under the sun’s heat! And I know what you’re thinking! What Monique wouldn’t do for pictures…….and you’re probably right! :-)
It was close to 11:30am when we left the “Tiger Temple” after having been here for a good four hours’ time. For me, all of this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and experience, one that’s not soon to be forgotten! Monique :-)