For without any perceptible warning Vitali suddenly rolled over and leaped to his feet, emitting an ear-splitting roar directed squarely at me, mere feet away from him. Yes, there was a fence and a railing between us but this isn’t information one tends to process in the nanosecond a tiger turns to roar at him.
I love bears. I have for as long as I can remember – at least as far back as Balloo in The Jungle Book, and the magnificent title character in the old Gentle Ben television series in the ’60s.
This month’s animal is one that I have great difficulty capturing due to the location and make-up of their exhibit. Bonus fact: this is the only animal in either calendar who shares a name with anyone in my circle of friends: Luca.
Ena is a snow leopard at the Toronto Zoo who is my first “featured animal” from my 2017 “Chillin’ with Animals” calendar.