Swimming With Tigers

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Monday, August 29, 2011 - 7:08am

Florida zoo offers one-of-a-kind experience.

You've heard of swimming with dolphins, manatees or even sharks - but tigers?

A zoo in Dade City, Florida is hoping cat lovers will pay $200 a pop for the chance to take a dip with a tiger cub.

Dade City's Wild Things, a nonprofit sanctuary zoo, will host the 30-minute swims Tuesdays through Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The two male Siberian tiger cubs, named Rajah and Ruari, are 8 weeks old and were born at the zoo.

Zoo President Randy Stearns said the swims are a treat for humans and the cubs.

"They do love the water," he said. "Tigers actually have webbed feet, they are excellent swimmers."

The cubs weigh about 17 pounds.

In about six weeks, they'll weigh at least 40 pounds, and the public will no longer be allowed to handle them.

Zoo staff will supervise the encounter and snap photos to preserve the once-in-a-lifetime event.
 

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