Tigers are 𝑓𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑗𝑢𝑛𝑔𝑙𝑒 cats that are near-universal symbols of ferocity, strength, and courage, but 57-year-old Janice Haley of Orlando, Florida has a different perspective on the matter. To her, these 𝑑𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑠 animals are also cuddly kitties. You’ll understand why when you see her play with her two unusual cats, 400-pound Bengal tiger Janda and 600-pound white Bengal tiger Saber. They’re just as affectionate and playful as their small domesticated counterparts.
Janice Haley spends her golden years hand-feeding the two man-eating tigers she keeps in her yard, while other people spend theirs lounging in theirs. Saber, a 600-pound white Bengal male, and Janda, a 400-pound orange Bengal female, share a cage at Janice’s modest suburban house.
Janice, 57, hand feeds the gentle giants every day, and Saber, the pair’s infant, can’t fall asleep without sucking on her finger. It all started in 1995, when Haley chose to leave her mundane office job and follow her husband’s advice to work with exotic cats. She has had quite a few different big cats since then, and plenty of volunteers to help take care of them and play with them as well.
Haley explains, “As far as they’re concerned, I’m a mama.” “These gorgeous kitties will let me kiss them on the nose if I massage them on the face.” Her two pet tigers are kept in an enclosure in her garden and fed three times a day by hand.
That white tiger is ridiculously beautiful, it’s like an art of nature, or even mythical creature.
“People who consider it 𝑐𝑟𝑢𝑒𝑙 to keep them in captivity have a 𝑝𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑡, to a 𝑝𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑡,” conceded Haley. “A cage is not the best environment for a wild animal. But there isn’t much chance for them in the wild at this point, and if there aren’t some left in cages, there won’t be any left in a few years. Here, they are cared for and adored. I wouldn’t mind being a tiger in my own backyard, in my opinion.”
Tigers are not meant to be pets, it is sweet that she spends so much time with them that they trust her, but they should be wild.