posted on Apr, 2 2013 @ 02:53 PM
There's a way cool zoo down in Argentina that lets visitors interact with and pet all the wild animals in the zoo, including tigers and bears. They
say the animals were all raised as pets by their former owners and came to the zoo when they got too big for normal households. The zoo claims that
there have never been any predations on the zoo visitors by any of their animals. Some claim they drug the animals but, the zoo just says they are
well-fed and docile.
Go cheek to whisker at Argentina’s Lujan Zoo
The wisdom—and track record—of the zoo is hotly debated
With the weather getting warmer, it’s time to get back outside and reconnect with the wildlife—and no place will let you get closer to the wildest
of wild things than Lujan Zoo in Argentina. Located just outside Buenos Aires, Lujan Zoo provides zoogoers the opportunity to bottle feed a bear,
cuddle a tiger, or rub noses with a lion, and, if these pictures are accurate, walk away un-mauled. While many visitors assert the animals are clearly
drugged, the zoo insists the tameness is entirely natural, a product of raising each cub from birth and teaching them to be calm, permissive, and
uninterested in eating humans. Since opening in 1994, there have been no reports of unexpected predation, but whether that perfect record is due to
good training, luck, or bribery of authorities is hotly debated. Check out this extreme petting zoo below, and remember, the Lujan Zoo is one of the
only places in the world where you can pet wild animals, an extremely dangerous activity that you should not take lightly and should never try outside
the confines of such facilities.
It sounds too good to be true; wild animals that you are actually allowed to pet and interact with and there's never been even one person harmed.
I don't know if I'd trust them entirely. Just based on my own house-kitty's behavior, I've seen her perfectly content having her belly rubbed one
second and then latching onto my hand and biting hard in play mode the next. Who's to say the larger kitties couldn't put a serious hurtin' on someone
if they decided to get playful while you were in visiting the pen. Cats don't just attack because they're hungry, its part of their instincts and even
when playing, they could easily kill an adult.
Still, it would be an awesome, once in a lifetime experience. I don't know I'd have the willpower to resist if I went down there.
Would you feel safe doing something like this or letting your kids play with the lions?
The one in the middle is thinking "yummy, they left dinner".
edit on 4/2/13 by FortAnthem because: ____________ extra DIV