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Forget swimming with dolphins!

Posted by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 9:53 AM
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If swimming with dolphins is not exciting enough for you, how about a tiger cub? A private zoo in Dade City, Fla., is now giving patrons the chance to swim with a Siberian tiger cub.

While it might sound dangerous, it's a roaring success with customers from as far away as Iceland lining up and paying $200 for just 30 minutes to cuddle, bottle feed and swim with Tony the tiger - a 6-week old cub.

"It's kind of a limited time that we can do it in Florida. You can only interact with the tiger until they're 40 pounds," said Randy Stearns, head animal trainer and president of Wild Things.

When full grown, Tony could tip the scales at more than 1,000 pounds. But for now, Tony can be yours to play with at Wild Things.

"I never thought I'd get to touch one, much less swim with one," said Bertha Cruz, who described her time with Tony as exciting.

ABCSwimming with potentially wild and dangerous animals seems to be trendy at the moment. At Arizona's Out of Africa Park, fully grown tigers play in the water alongside their trainers much to the delight of fans looking on behind gated fences.

In Tampa Bay, Bob Barrett began a business that had him bring alligators to children's birthday parties.

Barrett runs The Alligator Attraction of Madeira Beach, Fla., where visitors can pay to hold and feed rescued baby gators. He says the inspiration for his party idea came when business was sluggish.

"It just took off like wildfire," Barrett told ABC News in September. "Everybody loves having the gator pool parties."

The state's Fish and Wildlife Commission deemed it illegal and shut down the operation last week. Many animal rights activists say it was the right thing to do.

"You should never have close human contact with animals, especially actual petting of wild animals. They belong in the wild and people should not get in the habit of being in close contact with them," said Adam Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA.

by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 9:53 AM
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panther79
by Kendra on Oct. 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM
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 I don't think so. He's cute and cuddly now but he's still a wild animal.

gmadiane
by gmadiane on Oct. 10, 2012 at 1:20 PM

awwww

MamaJessx3
by Jess on Oct. 10, 2012 at 1:25 PM
I got to hold and pet a baby tiger on my honeymoon. They were so cute!!!
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MamaJessx3
by Jess on Oct. 10, 2012 at 1:27 PM
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This is the one from my honeymoon. He was so cute!
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DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on Oct. 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM
I bought the groupon for this!! Our groupon is for the Jungle Safari part, it is extra to swim with the tiger. They also have other extras you can do. We have been waiting for the weather to get cool to go. Can't wait! I don't think I will be paying for 3 kids to swim with the baby tiger though. It would be very expensive. ;-)
auntangelofsix
by Angel on Oct. 10, 2012 at 4:54 PM
I do not know about that..
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maxswolfsuit
by Max on Oct. 10, 2012 at 5:48 PM
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Quoting panther79:

 I don't think so. He's cute and cuddly now but he's still a wild animal.

That's what I was thinking

strictmomhere
by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 6:45 PM
Awww how cool
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KylesMom409
by Linnette on Oct. 10, 2012 at 7:06 PM
Wow!
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lukee
by Silver Member on Oct. 11, 2012 at 8:43 AM
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 certainly a better choice than alligators

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