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(International Business Times)   World's best zoo allows patrons to feed, ride, roll around with lions and bears. With "whoa, that's NOT Photoshoped?" picture   (ibtimes.com) divider line 61
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2013-04-05 08:39:21 AM
That is really not safe, for the humans OR the animals.
 
2013-04-05 08:47:23 AM
Repeat.

Also, not only auto-play video, but auto-play video in the sidebar about something completely unrelated to the article? Fark you, IBT.
 
2013-04-05 08:47:49 AM
Don't be a pussy. This place seems legit.

i.dailymail.co.uk
 
2013-04-05 08:53:19 AM

Radak: Repeat.

Also, not only auto-play video, but auto-play video in the sidebar about something completely unrelated to the article? Fark you, IBT.


NO, this one has pictures of people riding lions. Completely different. GDISM
 
2013-04-05 09:05:50 AM
World's best zoo allows patrons to feed, ride, roll around with, and feed lions and bears
 
2013-04-05 09:06:08 AM
What's a "Photoshope?".
 
2013-04-05 09:07:55 AM

Ex-Texan: What's a "Photoshope?".


When you hope you get some photos before the mauling begin.
 
2013-04-05 09:12:36 AM
Pretty smart business strategy by the zoo.  People pay to get in, free meat for the animals!
 
2013-04-05 09:14:28 AM
My first thought is that they these animals are sedated...
 
2013-04-05 09:14:41 AM
Anyone that's trained anything knows that training something with positive reinforcement and forcing learned behaviors by saturation takes a lot more time than simply pimp smacking them. Giving the condition of the facilities, I would believe the accusations of mistreatment of the animals and seriously question that they raise the animals alongside domesticated dogs so they know how to behave. They don't look like they have the money (thus time) for a program on that scale. Just my two cents.
 
2013-04-05 09:19:04 AM
*fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap*
 
2013-04-05 09:19:54 AM

JPSimonetti: Anyone that's trained anything knows that training something with positive reinforcement and forcing learned behaviors by saturation takes a lot more time than simply pimp smacking them. Giving the condition of the facilities, I would believe the accusations of mistreatment of the animals and seriously question that they raise the animals alongside domesticated dogs so they know how to behave. They don't look like they have the money (thus time) for a program on that scale. Just my two cents.


this

Like you said, acclimating big cats or any non-domestic animal to being handled by people and NOT treating them as prey takes time, patience, and most of all hand-rearing... quite a bit of close contact with humans... even then, after all of that they are still unpredictable with any humans they don't know.

Of course this is assuming that the animal is raised in a loving, not abusive home... Your mileage may vary.
 
2013-04-05 09:24:19 AM

Arkanaut: World's best zoo allows patrons to feed, ride, roll around with, and feed lions and bears


thanks, I had just read that in the headline but you repeating it without the link made it make more sense
 
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2013-04-05 09:25:06 AM
Cuts down on the food bill.
 
2013-04-05 09:26:20 AM
Rinse and Repeat
 
2013-04-05 09:29:40 AM
 
2013-04-05 09:32:40 AM
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2013-04-05 09:34:41 AM

Radak: Repeat.

Also, not only auto-play video, but auto-play video in the sidebar about something completely unrelated to the article? Fark you, IBT.


I was gonna say, repeat tag get eatin' by friendly cat?
 
2013-04-05 09:35:50 AM

PacificaFitz: Arkanaut: World's best zoo allows patrons to feed, ride, roll around with, and feed lions and bears

thanks, I had just read that in the headline but you repeating it without the link made it make more sense


Too subtle?
 
2013-04-05 09:42:24 AM

ZaxTrax: My first thought is that they these animals are sedated...


mine too
 
2013-04-05 09:46:10 AM

HindiDiscoMonster: JPSimonetti: Anyone that's trained anything knows that training something with positive reinforcement and forcing learned behaviors by saturation takes a lot more time than simply pimp smacking them. Giving the condition of the facilities, I would believe the accusations of mistreatment of the animals and seriously question that they raise the animals alongside domesticated dogs so they know how to behave. They don't look like they have the money (thus time) for a program on that scale. Just my two cents.

this

Like you said, acclimating big cats or any non-domestic animal to being handled by people and NOT treating them as prey takes time, patience, and most of all hand-rearing... quite a bit of close contact with humans... even then, after all of that they are still unpredictable with any humans they don't know.

Of course this is assuming that the animal is raised in a loving, not abusive home... Your mileage may vary.


So you two would trust a wild animal around YOUR kids?
/Tilikum would like a word with your kids
 
2013-04-05 09:52:34 AM
Where are the tigers?

/oh my
 
2013-04-05 09:56:13 AM

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2013-04-05 10:00:57 AM

antron: [i49.tinypic.com image 700x467]


Duh, everyone knows you ride in the pouch.
 
2013-04-05 10:03:07 AM
I was uncomfortable watching a small woman feed a liger milk on stage at a Renaissance fair with nothing but a leash holding it back.
 
2013-04-05 10:04:11 AM
Add this to the "This will not end well" department.
 
2013-04-05 10:05:27 AM

drjekel_mrhyde: HindiDiscoMonster: JPSimonetti: Anyone that's trained anything knows that training something with positive reinforcement and forcing learned behaviors by saturation takes a lot more time than simply pimp smacking them. Giving the condition of the facilities, I would believe the accusations of mistreatment of the animals and seriously question that they raise the animals alongside domesticated dogs so they know how to behave. They don't look like they have the money (thus time) for a program on that scale. Just my two cents.

this

Like you said, acclimating big cats or any non-domestic animal to being handled by people and NOT treating them as prey takes time, patience, and most of all hand-rearing... quite a bit of close contact with humans... even then, after all of that they are still unpredictable with any humans they don't know.

Of course this is assuming that the animal is raised in a loving, not abusive home... Your mileage may vary.

So you two would trust a wild animal around YOUR kids?
/Tilikum would like a word with your kids


Oh, hell no. I saw 1 or 2 episodes of "When Animals Attack." I've seen Steve Irwin pierced by a ray. I've seen Caesar Milan get bitten badly by a dog. I've seen animals that were 'trained' brought on live TV only to attack their handlers ... bottom line, animals are animals. There's a reason they're not invited over for Monday night football. The best trained exotic animals in the world are still animals. Can't trust'em. TFA talks about a zoo that is asking for trouble, even with sedation.
 
2013-04-05 10:06:53 AM
I've seen too many YouTube videos about lions trying to eat babby. The plexiglass is there for a reason.
 
2013-04-05 10:15:52 AM
This story is causing my 'pre-crime' sensory perception to go crazy.
 
2013-04-05 10:17:22 AM
FTFA "give visitors an up-close-and-personal experience with wild creatures "

Lolwut? Aren't zoo animals the definition of captive creatures, that is the exact opposite of wild?
 
2013-04-05 10:19:18 AM

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In the US, Foster's in brewed in Albany, GA and Fort Worth, TX.

/it's still swill
 
2013-04-05 10:31:02 AM
I'd have to guess that insurance companies probably frown on their shenanigans.
 
2013-04-05 10:33:03 AM
They should re-name this zoo.......  "Darwin's Petting Zoo"

/yeah, I'd let my 12 year old ride a Lion...not
 
2013-04-05 10:34:55 AM

Sybarite: Don't be a pussy. This place seems legit.

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x480]


I would like to ride one of those things.....

/hint....Not the Feline
 
2013-04-05 10:47:44 AM

ZaxTrax: My first thought is that they these animals are sedated...


Definitely.  I used to volunteer at a wolf preserve where the DNR was conserving wolves and would also place wolves they seized from fighting rings (inner city folk fight pitbulls, rednecks fight wolves it seems).  I'd handled some of the wolves from the time they were puppies, feeding them, helping vets check them, playing with them, etc, but they weren't trainable.  They were constantly escaping the enclosure and you couldn't trust them around anyone they didn't know.  If you caught them on a bad day in fact there was the threat of getting fangs in your own ass.  Some of the abused ones never even reached the stage of being trustworthy.  Those who had been rescued by the DNR after they'd been abused by people could never be trusted.  We had one large male where I was the only person could "handle him".  Handling him meant bringing my two 90 pound malamutes with me, wearing heavy leather gloves that went up my arms and doing whatever I was going to do while the two malamutes stood there and growled at him.  He hated humans but he was smart enough to realize he was ~40 pounds and he did not not want to go toe to toe with a pair of 90 pound sled dogs.  Well actually the first time he waited until my back was turned, lunged at my ass and one of my malamutes picked him out of midair, body slammed him into the ground and established dominance.  So we had an understanding, but if I wasn't around the vets would tag the wolf with a tranq dart if they needed to check something.  If I went anywhere near him without the malamutes he'd take a run at me.  Made that mistake once or twice before I just always brought the dogs in with me.  He'd always be there though, lurking around and stalking me in hopes there would be an opening.

There is no way you can domesticate the animals to the point random strangers can climb onto their back.  Even Siegfried and Roy found out their tigers weren't exactly trustworthy in the end.
 
2013-04-05 10:48:31 AM
Not cool, especially considering the tragedy that occurred in Cambodia a few years back.

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2013-04-05 10:52:38 AM

Summa cum loudly: Sybarite: Don't be a pussy. This place seems legit.

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x480]

I would like to ride one of those things.....

/hint....Not the Feline


Why would you want to ride a cougar? The last guy who did that got his face bitten off!
 
2013-04-05 11:01:00 AM

THX 1138: Not cool, especially considering the tragedy that occurred in Cambodia a few years back.


Poor lion...
 
2013-04-05 11:04:47 AM
Lions are social creatures and can be quite tame.

Lions can also weigh up to 500 pounds and can kill you with one swipe of the paw.

So I always wanted a pet lion.
 
2013-04-05 11:13:17 AM

Radak: Repeat.

Also, not only auto-play video, but auto-play video in the sidebar about something completely unrelated to the article? Fark you, IBT.


There was an auto play video?  I guess it is behind this thing I have to click to play videos.
 
2013-04-05 11:13:32 AM

farkingatwork: Summa cum loudly: Sybarite: Don't be a pussy. This place seems legit.

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x480]

I would like to ride one of those things.....

/hint....Not the Feline

Why would you want to ride a cougar? The last guy who did that got his face bitten off!


Ride a cougar?  I'm ok with that...

cougartraps.com
 
2013-04-05 11:16:11 AM

Swiss Colony: FTFA "give visitors an up-close-and-personal experience with wild creatures "

Lolwut? Aren't zoo animals the definition of captive creatures, that is the exact opposite of wild?


No, the opposite of wild would be domesticated.

Domesticated animals are those which have been genetically engineered through many generations (or even thousands of years) to be more compatible with human companionship and/or use.
 
2013-04-05 11:20:41 AM
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2013-04-05 11:22:19 AM

farkingatwork: Summa cum loudly: Sybarite: Don't be a pussy. This place seems legit.

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x480]

I would like to ride one of those things.....

/hint....Not the Feline

Why would you want to ride a cougar? The last guy who did that got his face bitten off!


 Why ride a cougar?
 
2013-04-05 11:29:43 AM
 
2013-04-05 11:41:31 AM
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2013-04-05 11:44:46 AM
Well guess where I'm sending my mother-in-law for vacation next winter?  I may, just may, get lucky.
 
2013-04-05 11:46:31 AM
No Manatees?
 
2013-04-05 11:54:25 AM
I think this deserves a sad tag instead.

On a side note, I was at a small zoo in Mexico that had 3 tiger cubs on display for people to take pictures. For the right amount of money, the trainer let my then boyfriend pick one up. He had to wear gloves, and hold it away from him, and even then, this little cub was not happy. It's obvious the animals in TFA are sedated.
 
2013-04-05 12:06:44 PM

trippdogg: [jkostrand.files.wordpress.com image 528x279]
/oblig


Beat me to it.

I'm riding a furry tractor!
 
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