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The Lion, The Tiger & the Bear

The Lion-the tiger-and the bear

Baloo the bear, Leo the Lion and Shere Khan the tiger have the most unusual and unlikely friendship between them.   They were rescued 12 years ago, via police drugs raid in Atlanta, Georgia when they were a few months old only.  They had been kept as “pets” and status symbols by drug dealers.

Diane Smith, Assistant Director of the Noah’s Ark animal rescue centre in Locust Grove, reported that they decided to keep the 3 youngsters together.

Surprisingly for three apex predators with the power to kill with a single bite or swipe of their paw, they are very relaxed around each other.

Please go to the link below for more information.

The Telegraph – Tiger, lion and bear form unusual friendships

 

Life of Pi

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Siberian Tiger – Original Painting by   Jason Morgan

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I am looking forward to seeing this movie “The Life of Pi” which starts screening in Australia on 1 January 2013.  It is based upon a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel, basically about a teenaged boy, with great knowledge about animals, finding himself stranded at sea with a Bengal tiger – and embarks upon a mystical adventure. The book would be good to read too, I think.

If you have seen this movie, please don’t discuss the story-line / theme here, because this post is just to flag that I WILL be seeing it, and am excited about doing so.  I recommend others see it, even though I haven’t yet.   It is directed by Ang Lee, whom also directed one of my favourite movies, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.   The official film site can be found    here.

Senate Bill 310 regulates the sale and ownership of exotic animals in Ohio

Siberian Tiger Painting by talented artist Jason Morgan

Tiger Paintings – Wildlife Art – Origninals and Prints

Columbus, Ohio  Sep 22, 2012

Signed by Gov. John Kasich, the law, which takes effect in 90 days, bans the acquisition, sale and breeding of restricted species in Ohio as of Jan. 1, 2014.

The mandatory registration of banned species by current owners of banned animals will begin when the bill takes effect.

People who currently own restricted list (banned) animals can keep their animals as long as the animals live, if they register them with the state and follow regulations on caging, signage and care.

On the restricted (banned) list are large cats, bears, elephants, certain monkeys, rhinos, alligators, crocodiles, anacondas and pythons longer than 12 feet, certain vipers and venomous snakes.

There are several classifications of permits, including “wildlife shelter,” which will cost $250 to $1,000, depending on the number of animals. Owners must also buy liability insurance or a surety bond of $200,000 to $1 million.

Ohio has been one of seven states that have no restrictions on private ownership of exotic animals.  The law will ban new ownership of specific wild animals, including big cats, bears, hyenas, gray wolves, some primates, alligators and crocodiles. People who already own these animals can keep them as long as they obtain permits and follow other rules.
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