Thursday, August 17, 2006

Tiger Temple


Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua is a Buddhist temple in Western Thailand which keeps numerous animals, among them several tame tigers that walk around freely once a day and can be petted by tourists.

The Tiger Temple practices a different conservation philosophy than in the west. In western zoos and parks, the emphasis is on providing a natural environment for the animals. In the temple, at least until the sanctuary is completed, the animals seem to be treated more as family members. Although it may be possible for the offspring of the current generation to return to the wild, their parents will live out a life of non violence and, according to the Buddhist beliefs of the monks, be more likely to be reincarnated as a human in their next life. {wiki}

How cool would it be to go here? I'd punch a bees nest to be able to pet a tame tiger. Check out the temple site HERE..

(via Neatorama)

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