5.04.2010

jungle cat world update

When we went to Jungle Cat World in March, one of the tigers was pregnant, and we said we'd go back as soon as the new little guys were old enough to see and touch. Our friend J got a sneak preview ahead of the general public.





It turned out we weren't able to go last week. C and J went without us; here's a bit of what we missed.










But... J came back with news that made me happy we put off our visit: wolf puppies! Jungle Cat World is acquiring two wolf pups. One is a gray timber wolf, and the other is an arctic wolf, who eventually will be a mate for the beautiful Bianca. Bianca lost her mate a while back and has been alone in her enclosure since then, which is very sad to see.

Both pups will be hand-raised. I think for my birthday this year, I'm going to play with a wolf pup!

This is Bianca. While we were admiring her, she broke out in a howl, and the wolves in another enclosure sang back to her. It gave me chills.


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8 comments:

Amy said...

Boy, she looks like Tala!

I love that kitten. I would play with one for my birthday!

San Francisco Red Sox Fan said...

I want one of the tiger ones. It looks like it would fit into my 840 sq. ft. condo nicely. We have a 30 lb limit for animals - how big do those tiger things grow?

L-girl said...

Tala looks uncannily like a young arctic wolf.

SF, we saw a tiger teenager that weighs around 400 lbs. His full-grown parents are more than twice that. I'm sure they'd be very happy in your condo.

(Srsly, people who try to do shit like that are just about the stupidest people on earth.)

Kim_in_TO said...

I missed that JC thread the first time around. I need to go there!

It's so great to see that there are places like this, run by people who understand that we can appreciate animals without the need for them to perform tricks for us.

Re: your mention of animals living in small enclosures -
Avoid Marineland Niagara at all costs. It's been named one of the continent's worst animal parks. On a trip to take my nephew there about 20 years ago, I saw a bobcat in mental distress as a result of being displayed in a cage adequately big enough for a large rodent. If I'd known better then, I would have reported them for animal abuse.

L-girl said...

Thanks, Kim. I've read horror stories about Marineland through the Humane Society (HSI Canada). They are trying to get it closed. Thanks for mentioning it here.

Dharma Seeker said...

Ha Ha! Fixed!

Dharma Seeker said...

My first thought was "what was Tala doing at Jungle Cat World?". She really is very connected to her primal roots in the most wonderful way. But every time I see her I gush for days about the job you and Allan have with her. There's a very primal side to her but she's a model canine citizen. The best of both worlds. Damn, just noticed I'm posting as project maddie again.

L-girl said...

But every time I see her I gush for days about the job you and Allan have with her. There's a very primal side to her but she's a model canine citizen.

One of your girls might disagree! Was it Chelsea she picked on the entire time at wmtc4?

But thank you so much for saying that, you're so sweet.

When she is out prowling for squirrels I think she looks like a coyote. I often call her "my little coyote". (What don't I call her?)