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EFRC pictures! - Phil's Rambling Rants
April 11th, 2006
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EFRC pictures!
Here’s a few pictures from Sunday at EFRC.

Sometime in the last couple of weeks,  EFRC’s newest rescues showed up: a group of 5 tigers which had been managed at another facility that paid so little attention to them that they didn’t realize that cubs had been born until they were 4 months old.  Four of the five are those cubs, which had no human contact at all when they were small and are basically wild.  These are poor pictures because I was not close to them, and I probably never will be.  Their unofficial nickname is “the wild bunch”.

Here we have three of the tigers hiding in some brush in the middle of their cage.

Here’s another shot of a couple of the tigers.  You can see a little of their “furniture”.

As I was coming back to my car from the far back of the new area where the wild bunch now live, I passed by Clancy, a lion I played with two years ago when he was a baby.  He’s just getting his mane now, and he looks cute.  Unfortunately, I had my long lens (Tamron 200-500mm f/6.3, for any camera geeks reading this) on the camera for photographing the wild bunch from far away, and Clancy wasn’t far enough away to get all of his head in the frame.  But I still thought this was cute.

This looks like that final picture found on a dead photographer’s camera, but I think Maggie was just playing, and I know the fence between us is secure.

Chika the bobcat is a cat you probably won’t see even if you visit EFRC, because she’s pretty shy.  But she was willing to stay in sight, so I took this picture.

This picture is one that I took actually hoping to have something worth publishing.  Nona is one of the prettier tigers we have (not that any of them are ugly), and I like the idea of a picture of her lying in the spring beauties (the little white flowers).  It didn’t turn out as well as I hoped.  You can’t see it at web resolution, but she has a bunch of leaf fragments on her head, which don’t look so great.  And I’d rather be able to show her eyes, but in the series of shots I took, she never opened her eyes more than halfway and when she did, she looked like she was glaring at the camera.

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Date:April 11th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
Awwww... I love the shot of Clancy! What a face!

And the shot of Maggie bounding straight towards you is very cool... excellent timing!
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Date:April 11th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful picture of Maggie! I think that's a calender shot.

And the look on Clancy's face... I just want to hug him.

Just out of curiousity, how much space does Nona have? I ask because there's a fairly crappy facility close by -- the sort of place with heart but little brains -- and I keep thinking their animals are very cramped.
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Date:April 12th, 2006 03:09 am (UTC)
What a wonderful picture of Maggie! I think that's a calender shot.

The trouble with the picture of Maggie is that it's a portrait orientation, and the calendar pages are full-bleed in landscape orientation. The reason I cropped the shot in the shape I did is that outside those boundaries is nothing worth looking at. Trust me. Ugly.

And the look on Clancy's face... I just want to hug him.

The cats often look endearing so you want to hug them. The trick is being able to recognize when they want you to hug them. Some of them sometimes probably would like it (and would accept it passively; if a lion or a tiger hugged you back you'd squash), but most of the time it would be a Bad Idea. A lot of the time they're really not as friendly as the seem. And even people who are hands on with them every day almost always get it wrong. Of course, I think a responsible adult should be allowed to take the chance, but that's not the way our sick-and-getting-sicker society sees it.

Just out of curiousity, how much space does Nona have?

Mmmm. I'm really not sure. Nona's cage is one of smallest permanent enclosures, but I'm not quite sure what that translates to. I should have a roughly-to-scale map someplace but I have no idea where it is; failing that, if I can remember this question until Sunday, I can pace it off. Just relying on my memory (visualizing is not my strong suit), I would guess very roughly 25 by 50 feet.
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Date:April 22nd, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
I've known all the older lions at the zoo where I volunteer to play the same sort of game as Maggie appears to be. Indeed when Millie was pregnant she took to hiding behind hollow logs etc so she could spring out at passing staff and scare the heck out of the unwary. I put that down to hormone imbalances.
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