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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Lions, Tigers, Ligers...

This isn't horse-related, but I thought it was worth posting anyway. I came across this photo of a Liger (male lion X female tiger) and it is HUGE.

His name is Hurcules-- and he's over 10 ft long, and he's gorgeous.

There is info and photos at this rumors site http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/l/ligers.htm

Wild cats are one of my favorite animals, along with horses and dolphins. This is really off topic, but the other day I saw a show on dolphin research, and dolphins were being taught to distinguish between It's really sad that there are so few left in the world, and more and more of their habitat is being taken over.

This is amazing-- the T.I.G.E.R.S. institute offers a 2-year apprenticeship where you can learn to train big cats! Wow-- what an amazing opportunity! Too bad I don't have the time right now. It sounds like horse training, but a little more intense (A horse may trample you, but at least it won't eat you):

Do you want to learn to work with some of the most amazing animals? Do you
want to get up-close and personal with a variety of animals on a dialy basis? Do
you want to know what it takes to train animals for movies and television? Then
look no further, join the T.I.G.E.R.S. apprenticeship program today.
The Apprentice Program is a 2 year minimum live in program at the T.I.G.E.R.S.
ZOOLOGICAL PARK grounds in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and abroad.
This is a full time, 365 days a year task. It takes all of your time, with no vacations
and no free time off except in the evenings, a few times a year for the first
year or two. There are always animals that need your help, care, feeding and
cleaning at all times of the day and night. Animal training is more of a life
style than a job. Trained (not tame) animals need to be with you personally for
thousands of hours in order for you to establish a working relationship with
them. It takes many years of dedicated work to become a trainer.

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