Unbeknownst to me, we have been living in the vicinity of an unbelievable place.
The Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation is an exotic animal sanctuary that rescues and rehabilitates injured or sick exotic animals that would otherwise be put down.
So, I made an appointment for a private tour and surprised Clint for his birthday. (However, he knew where we were going as soon as we turned off the main road- turns out he had installed the alarm in their offices and knew where it was. Bummer)
But never the less, we had the most amazing time. Our guide was a really nice guy with a ridiculously awesome British accent who took us around telling us all about each animal. It was practically magical.
Unfortunately all we had was cell phones so the pictures aren't of the best quality and it was hard to get a good picture through 2 chain link fences, but it is what it is.
|A bengal tiger, I believe he was partially blind. But so sweet!|
|Hard to see, but this is a lion laying out on his back. He was rolling around playing.|
|Chuffy the white tiger|
|Gabby the ocelot. She was sticking her paw out and whacking the|
guide in the shoulder to get his attention, lol. So cute!
These bears were adorable! They were running around playing tag and jumping in and out of the water.
There were so many more animals, but we were to enamored with them and their story to take pictures.
When we finished the tour, out guide took us over to the house/office area where the owner lives and they keep more animals. We were in store for a special treat.
They let us hold a snake and some lizards. It was fun! But we were in store for something even more....
It was a slow day and their wasn't many people there. Since we were just 2 responsible adults-they let us in on something that very few people will ever get to experience.....
Did you hear me?
We got to HOLD A BABY LION CUB!!
It was crazy awesome. The little chubster was heavy and kept rubbing on my neck wanting loves. It was so cute!!
So let's get back to seriousness now. That day was actually and entirely life-changing. All the people there are 100% volunteers and they do such good things. They operate completely on donations.
When we walked out of this place I honest to god had the thought of wanting to go rob a bank just to give them money.
As soon as we get out of debt I plan to send them money every month. Someday we want to sponsor an animal.
I guess this post got off track (it could be because I am watching HIMYM while writing....) but the point is the same.
Clint had a fun birthday.
We had a great experience. I can't wait to go back.