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Walking With Tigers

June 14, 2009 | | Comments 3
I have had many adventures in my life.  Yet when I heard of a place where one could walk with tigers, I had to find it.
The temple is near Kanchanaburi, Thailand called The Tiger Temple.  The monk at the temple, Abbot- Pra Acharn Phusit, chose to make it a sanctuary for tigers that have been illegally taken from the wild or held in captivity.
The Temple is a tourist attraction but it is not included in the popular guidebooks like Lonely Planet.  I am told this is because they believe it is not really safe, at least by western standards, and they do not want to be held responsible if the inevitable accident should occur, just ask Siegfried and Roy.
I would be remiss if I didn’t also include the fact there is controversy in some circles over how the tigers are cared for.  Some claim they are drugged, held in small cages and abused. The temple has been featured on National Geographic and Discovery Channel shows, among others.  Included in this post is a CNN video news report on a special tiger identification pilot program.  It is hard to beleive these sources would condone any perceived abuse.

Read more and view photos here., includes a CNN Video report…

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  1. carol says:

    Hello from the Land of Lincoln.
    Interesting blog, I’ll be back, I came in here looking for an author of the same name as you, it was delightful to find your site.

    I’m originally from Melvindale, my dad was a det. in the pd there back in the day. I was a police clerk in the ’70s. I bet we know some of the same people. LOL.

    I kept a boat in Gibraltar for years before moving it to Chicago– Jackson Harbor. Boating is a whole lot better in Michigan. I don’t miss Mich so much, but Chicagoland is going like Detroit now. I think we’ll be retiring down south.

    Good luck to ya.

  2. Dave Early says:

    Thanks for the comments. It sounds like we ran in the same circles. I can’t say I miss Michigan much either. Good luck with your retirement plans when the time comes.

  3. Rosemary Endicott says:

    Hahaha, I am crackin up, came here to see what you’re up to and I see an entry from someone from Melvindale!! Do you know how close to the Melvindale circle you were? that’s where I’m from! My contacts would have been from outside that circle though, before my PD days. It would have only been one in a million reports to Carol, who I don’t know,I don’t think, but she would have seen another side of me then! hahaha, what a small world!
    Hey, great website, as usual, glad to see you’re doing well.I’ve seen this Temple with the tigers on a TV program here in the UK. Lucky you to be able to go there! We were just talking about Thailand today. One of these days….