Forget Gators: Florida Kids Can Now Swim With Tiger Cubs

Categories: WTF Florida
via MyFoxTampaBay
Up in Tampa Bay the latest craze is to throw all sorts of baby wild animals in the pool and let kids swim with them. Sure, authorities may have put an end to venture that rented out baby alligators to swim at kids' pool parties, but now a private zoo in the area is offering kids the experience of swimming in a pool with tiger cubs.

According to MyFoxTampaBay, Dade City's Wild Things, a private zoo in the Pasco County town, are offering up two tiger cubs for guests to swim with. Tony the tiger, a six-week old Siberian tiger cub, is the latest swimming superstar.

Considering there were concerns over kids swimming with baby alligators, there will no doubt be a few eyebrows raised over the same practice carried out with big cats.

"Well, with any animal there's always a risk," Randy Stearns, president and head trainer of the zoo, tells the local TV station. "It's not like we're going to just throw you in the pool and say, here's the tiger. You're in there with at least one of the trainers actually in the water with you."

Stearns says that as long as the cats are under 25 pounds and there's a leash and a trainer present, the practice is legal under Florida law.

The experience will cost you $200 for a 30 minute frolic.

Though, if doing laps with reptiles is more your thing, you can also swim with a four-foot alligator named Alley. Stearns says that unlike Alligator Attractions, the company who was forced to end their gator pool party rental business, his zoo only allows people to swim with their animals on the zoo's premises and not in their private pools.

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Chris Woods
Chris Woods

WTF is wrong with the city, state and other regulating agencies that all this????!!!! This is WRONG! This is an ENDANGERED SPECIES! AGAIN, I ASK WTF is wrong with this state? NO WAY THIS SHOULD HAPPEN! I care about tigers, and all wild animals exploited and killed by people, however, what about the safety issues? A single trainer in with children in a pool with tiger cubs??? CAN YOU SAY IDIOT? MORONIC? We all know how trainers can still be killed, don't we?

Paula Lopez
Paula Lopez

Crazy... Wtf is wrong with people... And only because its available doesn't mean we should do it... Sad what lengths people will go to for entertainment... Smh!!!

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

and Tampa has the nerve to call Miami crazy? smdh....

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