\nIf Webster needed examples from the real world to explain the word \u2018inappropriate\u2019 \u2013 the names of two tigers I met and cuddled, Sticky Rice and Spicy Sausage would be on the top of his list!\nThese of course were not their real names\u2026 they were the English translations of their real names in Thai that they were given at birth and answered to.\nI have pictures of us rolling around the grass with both, one by one\u2026but since I do not understand Tiger markings I have no idea which of the photos feature the sticky one and which of them show the spicy one.\nBut both are deliciously cute. Never expected tiger hugging to feel so secure and snuggly.\nThere were larger tigers and smaller frisky babies, but mine were just perfect.\nAs I tried every attention-seeking act in the book, SR (or could have been SS \u2013 but whats in a name) continued to be engrossed in the piece of grass that he was playing with and continued to ignore me\u2026\nHe got 10 minutes of tummy rubbing, and cuddling and lots of stroking from an extremely exhilerated me. The smiles bursting in my heart spilled over onto my face \u2013 I was totally exuberant in those moments.. His ignoring me meant nothing \u2013 I was still immensely happy to have this unexpected physical intimacy with the beautiful cat! Of course, if he would have returned my affection and hugged me back and played with me like my lab used to, I\u2019d have been unable to handle the thrill\u2026but SR / SS was not about to oblige\u2026..But this was good enough.\nThen it was time to leave Sticky Rice and move onto Spicy sausage (\u2026or the other way round).\nBy now, I had the feeling of being fulfilled \u2013 the kind of feeling that descends upon you after a great Gujarati Thali meal \u2013 all was well with the world \u2013 I was smiling inside and outside \u2013 incredulous at what had just happened \u2013 grateful for this serendipitious unplanned way to spend the afternoon \u2013 and kept recounting all the pleasure of petting those cuddly cats.\nAbout two years prior to this, I had heard of a place in Argentina where this was possible \u2013 and I had made a mental note to visit that place someday. It didn\u2019t seem possible that I would get to do this at all in this lifetime. So on that fateful day, when on a drive in Thailand I saw a sign about tigers \u2013 it was really not what I expected. We diverted the taxi and went in to check it out\u2026\n\nOnce more serendipity had held my hand and led me to one of the most amazing unforgettable experiences of my life!\nThe post Kissing a Bengal Tiger appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.