Readers’ wildlife photos and videos

Today we have photos (and one video) of wildlife in captivity: a baby tiger and baby lion. These come from Michael Glenister, whose captions are indented (he also gave me permission to post the video on YouTube).

Sorry to do this to you, but I thought you would like to see the photos, even though I’m sure they will make you envious. [JAC: Indeed!]
My daughter, Amelie, recently got back from a trip to Cancun, Mexico with her mum.  While they were there, they happened upon the opportunity to feed and interact with a baby lion and baby tiger, as well as feed a young jaguar.  Apparently this was just a temporary set-up to get the cats used to interacting with humans, so they just happened to be in the right place at the right time.  While she agreed with me that a baby lion’s fur is like a coarse sweater, apparently a baby tiger’s fur is just like a house cat.
I’m afraid I can’t give you more details than that, as the two of them are self-isolating, so I’ve just chatted with her on the phone a couple of times, and asked her to send me these photos.
P.S. 13 years ago, an animal trainer friend bought a baby lion to a New Years party I attended, which is how I know what its fur is like.
Of course I’m wildly jealous, and hope that that facility doesn’t exploit the animals for financial gain. Here’s a video of the two cubs playing, also sent by Michael:


  1. Andy Lowry
    Posted March 21, 2020 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    What a marvelous experience for Amelie! I’m jealous too.

    Once upon a time, a co-worker invited me to a party and there was a lion cub there. The co-worker was married to the daughter of the head of the Columbus (OH) Parks and Recreation department, which included the Columbus Zoo. The young lion had been born at the zoo and was being allowed to interact with humans for the same reasons as these cats in Mexico.

    It was a memorable experience, and “rough sweater” is a good description. As in the photos above, I was astonished by the size of the little critter’s paws, and its strength. When the cub jumped at me in play, I was nearly knocked down. It was about the size of a German Shepherd.

  2. rickflick
    Posted March 21, 2020 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Delightful babies! It would be quite something to hold one of them – er…up to a point.

  3. Posted March 21, 2020 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    What an amazing experience for your wife and daughter, Michael. The cats are beautiful and your daughter is beautiful. Thank you for sharing this with us shut-ins.

  4. Robert McLindsay
    Posted March 21, 2020 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Wow, that’s cute.

    And the little cubs.

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