How time flies so quick these days…. Summer is officially over and now the falling orange leaves of Autumn Season are welcoming us. How is everyone liking Fall so far?
Anyhow, My Captured Moment for this week is a photo of me during our tour to the Tiger Temple on our holiday in Thailand, way back January 2008.
This photo was taken during our honeymoon in Thailand. Our honeymoon was not just a romantic getaway, we indulged into a lot of tourist excursions while we were there. Enjoying the time of just the two of us I suppose, no kids yet to tag along with us that time. I must admit, I miss those moments though.
While in Thailand, we went to Safari Park, Dreamworld, Floating Market, Trip to the River Kwai and the best one was when we conquered our fears at Tiger Temple. When I first heard about Tiger Temple, I initially assumed it’s the same common building which was built in devotion to a specific God, Gods or Buddha. However, Tiger Temple was totally different from what I thought of. The place was way beyond my expectation.
What is Tiger Temple?
Tiger Temple is a Theravada Buddhist temple in Thailand which was founded in 1994. Tiger Temple is a forest temple and is a sanctuary for diverse wild animals where majority of which are Tigers. The Tigers are looked after by the Monks, where their hands on approach resulted to a successful breeding programme.
During the tour, visitors were asked to follow certain rules to show respect to the Monks who ran the Temple and to maintain tranquility and avoid animal disturbance. The staff allocated a specific time of the day where visitors were allowed to interact with the Tigers which were on leashed of course for safety reasons. I nervously managed to sit beside and pat a few Tigers while they were calmly lying and some were even sleeping. As much as it was an extraordinary experience for me, but I was also wanting to get out of there the soonest and hoping that nothing would go wrong. Some activities inside the temple includes looking around various wild animals in an immensely huge forest. You can also bottle-feed the Tiger cubs and hand-feed the Tigers which I was too scared to try.
Overall, it was a rare and yet wonderfully nerve-wracking experience being in close contact with the Tigers knowing the fact that I could probably be swallowed if it decides it’s not stuffed enough during mealtime and can still accommodate me in. At least, I’m lucky enough being spared.
If I am given a chance to go back and visit there again, I would definitely say yes…. However, I stumbled across to this on Daily Mail website dated April 2015. It said on the News that Tiger Temple was shut down as the animals were seemingly kept without permit. And in pursuance to the closure order, the Tigers should be handed over to Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.
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