Monday, December 5, 2011

Tigers for YouTube Tuesday!

Welcome to another YouTube Tuesday! 
Travel Bloggers Give Back. Yep, we're still giving back, picking our favourite charities and promoting them through this season of goodwill!

Especially for Josh of Tiger Time, today we have tigers!

Charities struggle to raise funds to achieve the mission they set out to do, so the least we can do is publicise their work and encourage everyone to share a little. Hey, if everyone gives a little, that'll soon mount up to feed these tigers for a few days. Feeding them ain't cheap! Meat has to be bought to feed them, sanctuaries need to be securely fenced, vets bills need to be paid along with diesel, and power and all the other costs of providing a home for these wild animals to live out their lives with dignity and quality of life!
These tigers are at a sanctuary operated by National Wildlife Humane Society's Top Of the Rock sanctuary.

A true sanctuary operates on a "No Buy, No Sell, No Breed and No Exhibit" basis, ensuring exotic species can live out their lives with dignity and quality. 

You have to ask yourself "Why on earth are these tigers in sanctuaries in the first place?" It's long overdue that countries stamp out the trade in exotic species and the keeping of them as "pets". Long overdue!

NWHS need funds to continue housing these graceful cats - they'll live for up to 35 years in well maintained environments - that's a hell of a lot of meat that needs paying for.
Donate here please. I'll be donating! Donate here.

Tigers Obi and Gizmo arrived at the NWHS sanctuary (Top Of The Rock) on September 13, 2011, and are now in their new enclosures. They came from a sanctuary in San Antonio, Texas that suffered financial distress and announced closure about a year ago. The San Antonio sanctuary had a great many animals, including, but not limited to, 400+ primates, 70+ big cats, 25+ bears, wolves & wolf hybrids and various other species.

Watch Obi, not a cat that likes to get his front paw wet! See how tigers will enter water backwards also. Interesting!

" I gotta keep my paw dry!"

Check out the rest of National Wildlife Humane Society's activities here-
Kay and I are trying to rearrange our schedule on our Ecuador trip next month to take in the project
Touch The Jungle as we'll be in the region!

Tiger Tiger. burning bright,

In the forests of the night;

What immortal hand or eye.

Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, and what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat.
What dread hand? and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp.
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears
And watered heaven with their tears:
Did he smile His work to see?
Did he who made the lamb make thee?

Tiger Tiger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

The Tiger
William Blake

Share your favorite video every Tuesday. Be Creative, and have fun. The video can be about anything.

Visit Tiger Time for more great YouTube Tuesday selections. Josh is the man with the plan! Leave your name and link in his linky tool so everyone can view your video selection.
Leave your link in my comments section so I can drop by and see your choice.



Alpana Jaiswal said...

Excellent video...And I like the poetry also.
my link:

Corinne Rodrigues said...

First you go and share a fantastic video and then one of my favorite poems from Blake! This is a winner!

Mary Hudak-Collins said...

What a cute video of a really big cat! I would have never imagined an animal of this size being so worried about getting his one, little paw wet LOL. Great share Jim!

Mary & Anna :)

Larry Lewis said...

What a gloriously beautiful animal. Wouldn't you love to know the reason it protected its paws from the water. All cats just love the lure of water, just like my mental cat at home

Patrick Webb said...

Thank you so much for posting about NWHS and our remote wildlife sanctuary. Obi the tiger arrived here with another tiger as well. A big male named Gizmo. We have been taking in and caring for big cats and other wildlife, for over 20 years. None ever arrive with any funding and our remote sanctuary is not open to public exhibition (so no exhibition funds).

Here is a link to the Tiger Gizmo video, also playing in our big playground. That's where they go when we are cleaning their enclosures, adding new toys, or making any repairs.

Unknown said...

Super Cute... funny he kept that one paw out ... wonder why ? Jim, do you know why they go in backwards?

Patrick Webb said...

Obi is a she, and a small she at that. Probably Sumatran genetics (they are small by nature). We have a dog larger than her. In over 20 years of taking in big cats and providing sanctuary, she is the first one I have seen, that is so particular about not wanting her front paws wet. Thus, she gets in the pool backwards.

She likes to get sprayed with the hose on hot days, except for her front paws. If I spray her front paws, she takes off. Just a little personality quirk.

Her and Gizmo were the last 2 out of 78 big cats being placed from a failed Texas sanctuary. We waited until the last (we = NWHS) before taking these two, that no other sanctuary had taken.

Obi is easily distressed by strangers, so we are a perfect sanctuary, because we are not open to the public. There are no strangers, and we just let the tigers here, be tigers. We are on a mountain top in remote wilderness. The animals here fall asleep every night to the sounds of deep forest.

David said...

Loved the video..brought a smile to my face watching this beautiful creature. It was fun watching hersplsh around in the water while keeping her one paw dry. Thanks for sharing!!

Paula.. said...

Lovely Jim.. doesnt matter how many times i see these two big babies at play you've just got to smile & chuckle.. & the poem too.. brilliant read as ever.. Patrick & NWHS do a grilliant job at this sanctuary.. :o)

photos by jan said...

Oh so awesome.So good to see the cats happy and healthy. I know it is not feasible but I just wanna hug em.Thank you for the wonderfully informative post and the poetry. Also enjoyed the comments from Patrick Webb. Thank you for explaining that Obi is just Quirky like some of us...

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Great post and wonderful information. That tiger is sure gorgeous and the Blake poem is one of my faves. Thank you for sharing this important information.

Nelieta said...

Great video! Loved this Jim!