Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!

Trip Start May 31, 2011
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Trip End Jun 23, 2011


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What I did
Drive from Eureka to Coos Bay

Flag of United States  , Oregon
Thursday, June 2, 2011

Second day of driving took us again through the Redwoods as we drove from Eureka CA over the state border to Coos Bay OR. 

I picked up some excellent travel sickness acupunture bans from the pharmacy which I LOVVEEE. I could even look down and read without feeling sick. It made the day a lot more fun as drove along the coast singing along to my ipod, not killing each other.

We saw some elk a couple of times today and stopped by a trail caled Lost Mans Creek, but it was a bit secluded, very bush and had warnings of bears, lions, elk and ticks so we decided to just to take a wonder close to the main entry and took lots of photos of the river beneath us. It was very peaceful and gorgeous to look at.

As we continued to drive today we came across the reason for the title of this entry. West Coast Game Park promised you could pat a tiger cub. When Danny asked if we could go, I said sure thing, not believing we would get to see much but animals in cages.

We entered, saw the sign say $16 ea entry fee, still not convinced I was going to come close to any animals, boy was I wrong. We bought some food for $1 and walked on through to the feeding area where we were surrounded by goats and deer dying to get some food. Ended up throwing it at them, as it's a bit daunting having all these animals surround you and jump on you to get food. At least Meika sits when I tell her to.

Next up we waited for the "show" and oh boy... if nothing else were to happen on this trip and we had to leave tomorrow, we would go home happy people. The keeper brought out 2 tiger cubs and allowed us a couple of minutes in the pen with them. He said to sit on the floor and they would climb all over you. The only rule was to not touch their faces, they are still tigers after all and being cubs were veryyyyy playful.

The pictures and video we got actually capture quite well how much fun those couple of minutes were. I sat on the floor feeding one cub while the other one was somewhere behind me. I felt something on the back of my head, thought the little boy was brushing up past me but apparently he thought i was a little dirty so he was cleaning the back of head. When I leaned forward, he just went on and pulled me back to keep on cleaning. Obviously a sign I needed to wash my hair and after being cleaned by a tiger cub, you kind of have no choice. 

After this extremely exciting moment in my life, we also got to pat and have a bit of fun with a 6 week old leopod. He was beutiful but so young so a little frightened of us.. Still being able to touch him even for a minute while his big papa nearby (in another cage of course) was amazing. They had a range of adult big cats from lions to tigers, pumas, etc as well as black bears, 3 horned sheep, wallabys, zebras, foxes, bison and a chimp who we also got some great footage of.

All in all, a truely memorable day and all that for a total of $32. The things you find on the road....
 
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manda2010
manda2010 on

That's what travel can do to you - a great life moment when you least expect it.

Mum on

Keep singing along with your I.pod and enjoy the views .

danny-bel
danny-bel on

I thought I lost the ipod today so we spent the day listening and singing along to the only thing on the radio here, country!! Found the ipod so phew

dad and mum on

glad you are having fun ,what about the danny and the food? did you feed the big beast seals? we miss you

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