This cub, like so many they have used before was dead within a few weeks of these photos after being used as a photo prop at the Kissimmee Sky Coaster.
This woman makes money charging people to have their photos made with tigers in front of the Skycoaster in Kissimmee. The email below has not been edited, other than to embolden the most important parts. It has been sent to the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission and to the USDA but these kinds of activities won’t stop until there are laws to ban them. You can save tiger cubs like this from being bred, ripped from their mothers, sold, used, abused and then discarded by signing a letter HERE.
Sent: Friday, August 03, 2007 9:25 PM
Subject: Tiger Cub update! And another favor…………
Hi all! Here is the latest on the new baby. He is now weighing in at 7 lbs. 3 oz and growing daily. He is walking around, but not quite up to romping in the fields just yet. Janda still hates the whole idea, so that’s going to take some time to rectify. She wants nothing to do with the little guy right now, but I think that once he’s up and running, and appears to be somewhat fun, she’ll come around. One can only hope……….
I need to ask you all for a favor again. This is VERY important, and of a timely manner again. I need all of you to write a short email letter to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to tell them how much it meant to you to have a hands on experience with a baby big cat. They are currently talking about banning ALL contact with Class 1 animals (lions, tiger, leopards and jaguars) regardless of size, and the general public. This would mean that you would never be able to sit and cuddle with our little cub, or any other little cub ever again. That just isn’t right. What I’d like you to do is click on the following link and send me the message, but address it to them if you would. I will print them all out and take the letters with me to the next meeting, which is running from August 8 – August 10, 2007. So I will need you to take 10 minutes to just write down your thoughts on how the experience touched you and possibly even changed your life in some manner, and how you would NOT like to have this privilege revoked by them. I know what it did for me and I just don’t want this option to be taken away from everyone in the future. There is no reason for them to ban the contact with baby big cats. That would be an awful loss to so many people!!
For those of you who had the privilege of having the hands on experience with Chuffer in the past, I would prefer that you don’t mention him by name, or his size at the time of your experience. They do not allow contact with the Class I animals over 40 pounds now, so I doubt they would find that amusing at all. Just mention the experience itself (and not his size) and how it touched you to be in the presence of such an animal. I know that all of you have been touched by this in some manner or I wouldn’t be writing to you right now.
Here are some updated pictures of the little dude. We are still looking for a name for him, so if you have any last minute entries, let me know. We are calling him Dozer right now (he’s either bulldozing through the house or dozing on the floor), but we are leaning toward Takoda (friend to everyone) at the moment. If you can top that one, let me know. We are hoping to hear from more of you soon for photo sessions with the baby boy. We are WAY in the hole with this endeavor, and we’ve already had some unexpected Vet bills and two missed weekend jobs due to rain. So we need to get back on track soon. We would appreciate you sending us some referrals if you can’t make it here yourselves. Even a couple of sessions per week will help us out!
Thanks again for all your support! We appreciate all of you! Don’t forget to send me your testimonials to the power of the close encounter of the fuzzy kind. Send them to AnimalLover0104
@aol.com and I will see that they get to the powers that be! Every one is important, so please take a few minutes to preserve your right to cuddle!
Thanks again! See you all soon!
Read the PDF from the letter Janice sent out when Chuffer the tiger died on exhibit at the Skycoaster in Kissimmee in January of 2007 HERE
John Arie, Jr., manager of Sky Coaster and FULL SPEED in Kissimmee allows them to set up regularly at his attraction, located next to Old Town on Hwy. 192. Others who have allowed them to set up shop are Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q in Kissimmee and St. Cloud, Hess Express in Kissimmee, the Great Southern Classic Gun and Knife Show in Orlando.
As of 2006 Chuffer & Co. were located at 1386 Montzen Road Davenport, FL 33896
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