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this year,” Lynn said. “We had them together until a few months ago. They were getting a little testy with each other so we decided to separate them.” Sampson appears to be the biggest tiger there. He is inexplicably gorgeous; there are no words. His enclosure has walls that range from eight to 10- feet-tall, but he can easily get up and bite the top without really reaching. He and his sister came from a breeding facility for the picture trade. “We got them at 6- weeks-old,” Lynn said. “We had the privilege of bottle feeding them … and it’s really a privilege.” Lynn explained the process that takes place when someone gets a large cat as a pet. “Eventually they start winning the games,” she said. “Everybody wants to play with them when they’re Cassie is truly a ham.You’ll find yourself reaching out to stroke her fur, at least until you catch sight of her toothy grin. little, and in the wild, rough play is how they learn how to hunt. They learn to be aggressive through play. That may be a good thing for the cat, but it’s a bad thing for people. The cat will win the games. You won’t know when the game has begun, so all of a sudden you walk in the cage and he’s right there. He knew the game has started. That’s the problem.” Tigers are strictly meat eaters, so it’s a little daunting to be face to face with one with only a chain link fence between animal Handy Tips for Taking the Tour: • Make sure you wear comfortable closed shoes. You’ll be walking in some tall grass and fire ants are prevalent. Wear long pants as well, and a long-sleeved shirt or bug repellant to ward off mosquitos and no-see-ums. • Bring baby wipes or hand sanitizer to take the sting out of fire ant bites, and to keep your skin cooled down if it’s a warm day. • To get the ultimate experience from the animals, speak quietly and don’t allow children to run around the big cat cages. • Never, for any reason, put your hands through the fencing to pet an animal. It is not allowed. and human. It is also one of the most exhilarating experiences on earth. A face as big as a serving platter, pushed up against the fencing, begging for love, chuffing and moaning. Make no


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