Good day once again from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach! If you you live here or are here visiting, you may not know there is an interactive tour with wild animals just a few miles from here.
Please enjoy reading the contribution by our guest blogger, Dan:
Perhaps no cartoon character in history is more loveable than Winnie the Pooh’s pal Tigger. Tigger…that’s T-I- Double G-RRRR, was a tiger who talked with a lisp and walked with a bounce and had an overly-exaggerated opinion of his own importance. He meant well but usually got himself - and his friends in deeper trouble than he was trying to help them out of.
The original character of Tigger was based on a stuffed animal, as were all of the characters in A. A. Milne’s 1926 book Winnie the Pooh. The stuffed animals belonged to Milnes’ son Christopher Robin Milne who was the inspiration for the character; Christopher Robin, featured in the book. The main character Winnie the Pooh was inspired by young Christopher’s teddy bear whom he named after a real black bear he would visit at the London Zoo. His eclectic group of friends included a grumpy old rabbit name Rabbbit, a kindhearted piglet named Piglet, a mother kangaroo and her baby named Kanga and Roo and a donkey who worried about everything named Eeyore.
But of all of Pooh Bear’s friends, Tigger has been the most beloved. He’s loveable, happy and enthusiastic and although he often bites off more than he can chew, he always has the best intentions of his friends at heart.
In real life, tigers are coveted rather than beloved in the illegal tiger poaching trade where their incredible coats are a sought-after trophy used to decorate floors in wealthy households and their bones are ground up and used for a variety of ancient eastern remedies. By Dan DeFreest
T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve in Myrtle Beach is working tirelessly to save these magnificent animals before the poachers drive them into extinction. Come visit us and experience the tiger up close. You meet a whole new eclectic group of animal friends in the process.