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Meet Sheeba and her Handler
19-MAR-2005 CJ Max

Meet Sheeba and her Handler

Texas

As I talked with one of the animal handlers he told me that he could get quite close to the tigers, but he was always on the alert. Here Sheeba let him scratch her chin. She looked very affectionate. "Just a big pussycat," I thought. Then he said quietly, "Watch it. She's going to try to grab me." He was right. He had noticed a slight shift in Sheeba's body language as had I, except that I didn't know what it meant. He pulled back at the sametime that Sheeba made her move. All of this "affection" by Sheeba was an attempt to sucker him into being a snack. As he said, "They are wild animals, and we have to be alert at all times."

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CJ Max21-Mar-2005 03:57
To see these two interact is a great treat; however, we need to keep in mind that she still had him in mind as a meal... She is a wild creature no matter how tame she may seem to be.

Cliff.
Guest 21-Mar-2005 03:12
This is a great photo...Sheeba's handler looks like he really loves what he does...he must be very in tune to her to know what she's about to do...