Adventures and Sports

Tiger Encounter

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Sep 05, 2013

Watching National Geographic features of tigers and other big wild cats always fascinates me. From the Siberian tigers to the white lions, cheetahs, pumas and even the bobcats. Their attitude towards life is just so laid back and relaxed with a cool royal air.

But when they are after a prey, their lithe bodies jump into action with precise movement and with utmost concentration.

The big cats in the wild are so beautiful to look at. Sadly, their population have dwindled due to habitat encroachment and poaching.

I have always wanted to pet tigers but the adults are just too dangerous. Luckily, the tiger couple, Sheeba and Datu, at the Davao Crocodile Park has produced their second litter of three male cubs--- Ninoy, Jose and Kudarat. They have been named after Filipino heroes.

At three months, the Siberian-Bengal tiger cubs are allowed to be petted. Petting time is at 9am-10am everyday or at least until they are small. What better opportunity to realize my dream of petting tigers!

So off I go with my Choose Philippines buddy, Nannah, to the Davao Crocodile Park.

The cubs were kept in a room and only authorized people were allowed inside. Luckily, we were allowed to go inside and as it was feeding time, get to feed them!

Ninoy, Jose and Kudarat were so friendly and playful. They played with my tattered pants and even managed to bite my shirt. Just playful nipping… no serious biting!

Maybe they could smell my cat’s scent on my pants!

It was a dream come true for this cat lover!

While Nannah played nanny by feeding them with special formula milk in bottles, I was busy taking pictures and I couldn’t help but smile.

I just hope they'll remember me when they grow into adults and would allow me to pet them. Dream on! :)

Thank you, Sir Sonny Dizon of the Davao Crocodile Park!

How To Get There:

From Manila, Davao City is and hour and 40 minutes by plane and 3 days and 2 nights by land and sea. Davao Crocodile Park is just 15 minutes ride by taxi from the airport or from any point from downtown Davao. Taxi Flag down rate is Php40.

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