You will recall that last August and the August before I was invited to Binghamton's Ross Park Zoo, to display and exhibit animal themed items (of course!) during their Feast With the Beasts fundraiser. People spend, like, 30-35 bucks and can wander the zoo all evening eating donated restaurant food and wine (people drink A LOT of wine) and enjoying an awesome late summer evening, with music and art. I love it! Who wouldn't????
Last year, as you will recall, I had asked to be in their biggest draw, the TIGER HOUSE, with the tigers. I arrived.....and the tiger had JUST DIED that very afternoon. The event had thousands of visitors though, it turned into a wake for the dead tiger. (that is me down there, with that dead tiger's skull...not as big as you might imagine a tiger skull to be, but the fangs are quite large, each bigger than a thumb).
OK, so, guess what? they restored the tiger house, gorgeous, and this week...got 2 new tigers! from Montana! (since when does Montana have Siberian tigers?????) They are so shy they won't come out much, as you see, BUT I saw one of the keepers headed down in back...and I followed them and....they let me into the inside of the tiger house....where the tigers are! Imagine the zoo keeper's area, size of a closet, and right in front of you: TWO TIGERS! Its all down there in the pics. A TV crew was wandering around.....
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