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Carnival goers get 'tiger treat'

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Brenda Chambers and her Bengal tiger Riley pose for a photo at the Brazil Rotary Fourth of July Carnival. For a fee, carnival goers have had the opportunity to pose with the tiger. CC Brackman Photo
Fast rides, tasty food, challenging games and tigers? Oh my.

The Brazil Rotary Fourth of July Carnival has it all.

Brenda Chambers and Steve Macaluso from the Metrolina Wildlife Park in Rockwell, N.C., joined the Reithoffer Shows in Brazil with their 3-month old tiger cub, Riley.

For a small fee, carnival goers had the opportunity to have a photo taken with the baby Bengal tiger, and pet the exotic feline.

The Metrolina Wildlife Park is home to more than 80 different species of animals including, venomous snakes, exotic birds, bears, wolves, small cats such as the Lynx and Servals, and several primates.

Macaluso and Chambers took the opportunity while in the area to visit the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point. With Riley in tow, the two explored the center.

"We take him everywhere with us," Chambers said. "He makes a lot of racket in the hotel room when we leave him behind. He gets lonely. Plus, he felt right at home with all the other cats there."

The two hoped to trade information with EFRC Director Joe Taft, and ask a favor.

Taft currently has more than 140 exotic cats at his center, and after 16 years of experience, is very knowledgeable about these animals.

Macaluso and Chambers hoped to learn a few things from him, and also ask Taft about the possibility of his taking over several of their wild cats.

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