Friday, April 12, 2013

Tiger Cub Cuteness Continues!

 With each day there is a new blog post that swirls in my mind.  Anyone looking at the blog in full, will see there are more than a few posts that promote a "coming soon" teaser.  That said, there are different reasons for getting behind, but for now those in draft will have to wait, as I want to share all the joy that is this little cubbie :)

Gotta say, I am a lucky girl!  As a Native, I have been a Zoo Member my whole adult life, but the start of my passion for the Zoo Animals began when Leanne gave birth to her last litter in 2008.   I was lucky to have had the time flexibility to be able to visit them almost everyday for the first year of their life.  Watching Tiger Cubs grow was one of the top experiences in my life.  I look forward to the same with "Little Padang" (as I've been calling the Cub), "LP" for short :)

Since LP's birth I have been anxiously waiting for this time to come, the start of the adventure :)  I wrote two earlier posts about seeing her inside the Lion House.  Of all the available days (the first couple with no sighting), I was lucky to be there the first time the public saw her.  ...   Made a pin to wear that documented my first glimpse : )


Today marked the first time Mama and Daughter had access to the outside during visiting hours.  I was once again lucky and was there among the first to see her outside, playing in the yard with her Mama.




Check out how they both
have the same back footie up :)

You can view my video here

Note:  In the video you will hear me comment about "karma" in response to the gal next to me saying she should sell her photos to them (Media).  The story with that is when Visitors (myself included among the first) showed up to see the Cub, as advertised "Outdoors Friday", the Zoo was holding a Media Event on the upper viewing area, and since I was the first there, I was asked to go to the lower level window area til the Media was done.  The viewing is fine from the window area, so not the issue I had.  I actually shouldn't use the word issue, because the joy of getting to see her was not dampened, but for the lack of a better word...  The "issue" is that the Zoo is notorious for their Media Event timing, among other curiosities.  In this case, if there wasn't the option of the window viewing, the public would have had to wait, like with other Media Events (first viewing of Tucker/Hippo), making their public view advert another untruth.  Anyway, as luck would be with me, the viewing from the window, was much better than the upper level!  So the view I got was better than that of the Media :)  Sweet!

7 comments:

  1. BEYOND PRECIOUS!!!!!!!!! Gosh little Paddy is growing and cute just like Leanne... I look forward to watching her grow and watching Leanne teaching her the ropes of being an awesome tiger girl. I LOVE HER ALREADY!!!

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    1. @Lee- Thank you for your comment. Funny that you say that, because I stood there just past an hour straight watching her and felt like she was growing as I watched :) I think because I saw her independance grow by the minute! And YES Leanne is teaching her already! She was constantly vocalizing to her, esp when trying to teach her how to go down the stairs!

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    2. I LOVE her too! She is awesome to watch and seeing her learn and grow will be incredible!

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  2. so great you are documenting these gorgeous animals and their lives. Wonderful pictures. THANK YOU!

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    1. @Anonymous- Thank you for your comment and support. Glad you enjoyed share of the experience!

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  3. beautiful photos of this new spirit - what an honor to be able to see her at such a young age! the ones of leanne picking her up are so touching. i'm happy you were there to see mama leanne and LP.

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    1. @hazel- Thank you for your comment and photo kudos. It is an honor. They grow so quick, I'm lucky! Thankx for being happy for me :) This like watching the cublets (Leannes previous litter) is a priceless experience.

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