A few months ago John and I started having mystery dates. Each month we have to plan a date that the other person does not know anything about. The only “rules” are that we have to visit someplace we have never been together. This month I decided to take John on a Mystery Date to Cat Tales Spokane. I was pretty sure he had never been there and they have a really cool feeding program that I thought would be a great surprise.
John and I hopped in the car and I told him to head north. He was a bit confused and asked if we were headed to Mount Spokane or Sandpoint. I just smiled and said keep driving until we reached Cat Tales. When we pulled in he smiled and said that he had never visited Cat Tales before. I told him he was in for a great surprise! We had so much fun walking around Cat Tales. We were greeted by a 2nd quarter student from their training center. The student was able to tell us so much wonderful information about the cats and their history. It is so sad/crazy/odd to me that people honestly think they can keep a lion or a tiger as a domesticated house cat. I have a hard enough time keeping Melebelly happy. I can not imagine trying to keep a 750 pound tiger happy and not have it destroy the furniture or well me.
Our guide told us about these super cute tiger siblings. He explained their history and that they are able to be in the same enclosure because of their age. They are not fully mature so they do not fight or have any problems. The guide informed us that between 1 and 5 wild tigers is killed a day. That the population is declining so rapidly that they are not sure how long wild tigers will last. It is so incredibly sad to think that future generations will not have the opportunity to learn about tigers in the wild. Tigers are at the top of the food chain and their decline has a huge impact on their eco-system. Without tigers to balance out the food chain there will be a huge upheaval in the animal populations.
When we reached Oscar the bear I started to giggle a bit. I had asked John the night before we went to Cat Tales Spokane if he would pick a lion, tiger or bear. I am pretty sure he thought I had lost my mind but he answered bear as I figured he would. When we reached Oscar’s enclosure Oscar popped up on his back legs next to our guide and gave him the look. You know the one your dog and cat gives you that says hey buddy I would like a treat right now. Our guide pulled our a dog biscuit and gave it to Oscar. I turned and asked John what he thought it would be like to feed a bear. John looked at me and wasn’t really sure what to say.
That is when I surprised him with this lovely name badge that told him he had the honor of hand feeding a bear. Do you see the smile but look of what in the heck are you doing to me in his eyes.
Oscar the Bear was seriously excited to be fed peanut butter sandwiches. As soon as we walked back to his enclosure he stood up and let us know he was ready to go. John was given a really nice safety briefing and explanation on how the process works. He kept looking at me shaking his head. I am pretty sure he never expected to be hand feeding a bear during our date.
I think Oscar the Bear was a fan of John. He kept trying to get his tongue closer and closer to him. I am sure it had nothing to do with the peanut butter on the fence at all. 🙂
I love that my Husband gives a thumbs up when there is a bear licking the fence right behind him.
I was having a great time taking pictures of John and enjoying watching him feed Oscar the Bear and then it was my turn.
Koshka the Tiger was very ready for me as we walked over to his enclosure. I can definitely say this is the first time I have been greeted by a tiger.
Check out Koshka’s canine teeth. Yep I am glad there was a few inches between those teeth and my fingers. Oh my goodness they are huge!
As I was feeding Koshka the Tiger I paused for a second so John could take my picture. As you can see Koshka is very focused on the chicken I have.
Koshka was not very happy that I paused and let me know it. Check out his giant paw going by reminding me it was time to feed him.
We had a great time visiting Cat Tales Spokane. It was a wonderful way to spend a few hours and the perfect mystery date. Now I need to figure out what I am going to do for our next mystery date.
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You can find out more about Cat Tales Spokane on their website.