This little French girl is the real world version of Tarzan [Amazing Photo of the Day]

Tippi Degré is French. However, her parents were (are) wildlife photographer parents so she spent much of her childhood in Namibia where her parents did their work. In Namibia, Tippi lived a life most people would only attribute to the fictional Tarzan; playing with wild animals, hugging wild animals, feeding wild animals, etc. In fact, she formed such a strong bond with the animals, she has been quoted as: “I don’t have friends here. Because I never see children. So the animals are my friends.”

Because her parents were (are) photographers, they were able to document Tippi’s amazing childhood. The following photos and videos are of Tippi and her interaction with the wild animals of Namibia. The photos and videos are, to say the least, stunning. Check it out:















Tippi was born in 1990 and the above photos/videos are of her childhood during the early to mid 90s. Since leaving Africa, Tippi and her parents have released various books and documentaries, which you can buy or watch if you want to learn more about Tippi and her parents.

[via MyModernMet]

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  1. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    Where is this whole leopard vs cheetah comment coming from? I looked in my article and couldn’t find where I called it a cheetah.

    EDIT: Found it. The video calls it a cheetah. Sorry guys, not my video — I’m only sharing it. Thanks for pointing it out, nonetheless!

  2. JMJ

    With all the changes going on, I’m not so sure. The White House is no longer pure white, lions are marrying tigers, the Wachowski’s changed to brother-and-sister. Heck, even a golf-playing Tiger changed into a tramp! Who can say this leopard won’t change into a puddy tat?

  3. JMJ

    @jipy: Of course, I can’t see into his head but, I *think* Rob was just poking a little good-natured fun.

    If it helps any, I do speak/read/write French fluently and two of my relatives were celebrities in your Land.

    Thank you, jipy and Good Night, to you. :-)

  4. JMJ

    @jipy: I’m certain neither of the unkind words you used to describe yourself accurately describes you. I am even more certain that the word French Army officers used to refer to French-creole-speaking Americans does not accurately describe them; in fact, it is a loathsome way to refer to anyone, especailly those who are rescuing you from the regularly-scheduled trouncing by your next-door neighbor.

    In my opinion, it is understandable why a person whose heritage has been insulted may have less than kind feelings toward those who did the insulting.

    In addition, mention was made of the hubris [“…the french ‘attitudes’”] many attach to the French, justifiably or not. It is interesting, therefore, is it not, that the first repartee to that stated opinion was made in French on an English-language website? Perhaps that apparent hubris is to what the commenter was referring.

    In any event, and begging your indulgence for another long explanation which ,I trust, helps you finally understand my opinion, have a great evening.

  5. jipy


    Thanks for your rich and long explanation but, sorry, I don’t understand better why Rob “has his good-natured disdain for the French”. And though I’m a stupid ‘n silly French, I can understand English, while Rob… :-)

  6. JMJ

    @thegreenwizard: No, mon ami, the United States was already almost 20 years old by the time of the Loiusiana Purchase, made possible only because The Napoleonic Wars had so depleted France’s reserves of cash, men, ships and other resources that Bonaparte wisely concluded that it was better to get a little gold from Jefferson before the fledgling United States simply took the land. France could not have defended against that, especially not with Nelson dominating the Atlantic.

    “Cajun” is a corruption of the word “Arcadian”, appended to Rob’s forebears who moved to the mouth of the Mississippi from French-speaking Canada during the 18th Century. However, according to the brief look I’ve taken at the origin of the word “coon-ass” or “coonass”, it seems it comes from your language’s slang word for a private part of woman’s anatomy that was used to disparagingly refer to some of the French-creole speaking Americans who acted as translators when we came to repay our debt to Layfayette during WWI. If this etymology of the word is correct, then it becomes a bit more understandable why Rob has his good-natured disdain for the French.

    But, thanks again for the Statue of Liberty. :-)

  7. JMJ

    @michael clyde: Thanks. You taught me a new term (that as an outsider, I’m not supposed to use, right?) One of my best friends (and one of the two bestmen at my wedding whom I’m suing for not dragging me away from the altar) lives in Metairie. Visiting him (his shrimping boat and his wife’s kitchen) as often as I do, I’ve never heard that expression. Now, I can offend even more people. :-)

    Thanks again!

  8. jayesstee

    Thanks JMJ, you just made my day!
    I’m many times younger on the inside than I am on the outside. But even at that young age, I’m old enough to drink.
    PS my homework is finished – honest!
    Yep me too – very slow loading times, including FireFox giving timed out messages.

  9. JMJ

    @Ashraf – Hey, Mr. Boss,
    I hope it’s a just problem on my end but, over the last hour-or-so, I’m experiencing duplicate emails, very slow loading times and intermittent “Internet Explorer cannot display…” messages.

  10. JMJ

    Nice, as usual, Ashraf. Superhero Window Washers and now this. You keep me teary-eyed. :)

    @Rob (Down Under) – Who pissed you off today? Have a cold Cooper’s and play nice.
    @jayesstee – You must not be feeling well. Get better soon, Mate.(Rob told me to say it like that.)
    @thegreenwizard – I apologize for Rob’s comment. What he meant to say was, “Huh? Didn’t we and those Yanks fight two wars to make the world safe for English… ONLY?)”
    @Paul D – Who elected you Game Warden of DotTech? Besides, as any self-respecting cartoonophile knows, that’s a “puddy tat”.
    @DrTszap – Uhhh? Until she’s 21, that’s “Princess of the Jungle”, sir!

  11. thegreenwizard

    @Rob (Down Under):

    Pas d’accord du tout. La diversité des langues font partie de notre monde. De plus cela évite une monotonie due a une seule culture:l’anglo-saxone, qui n’est pas appréciée partout dans le monde. D’autre part la diplomatie continue de se faire en français, même si cela ne déplaise a ceux qui ne peuvent pas maitriser plus d’une langue.

  12. Rob (Down Under)

    Her upbringing may have given her one giant advantage in the modern world ?
    By not associating with French children, and French adults, there is a good chance that she won’t have inherited (learned) the french ‘attitudes’
    PS I have written to the Euro zone, suggesting that they do not give France any economic bail outs, until they learn to speak English.
    (They should also learn to be tolerant of other nationalities, like me)