Breathtaking encounter of a tiger and a little baby girl [Amazing Photo of the Day]

Taj is a 370lb Golden Bengal Tiger in Cougar Mountain Zoo in Issaquah, Washington (the state). One day a little baby girl approached his cage, placing her hands out in amazement on the glass separating the two. Instead of simply ignoring the girl or snarling at her, Taj did something special. This is how photographer Dyrk Daniels describes it:

I noticed this little girl was leaning against the glass with both hands out stretched staring at the ‘big kitties’ I noticed that Taj had taken an interest in the girl and was heading towards her. I thought for certain that the little girl would need therapy after the encounter and fear cats for the rest of her life. I could not believe my eyes when Taj approached the girl, bowed his head and then placed his huge right paw exactly in front of where the little girl’s left hand was. It was incredible to watch. Taj let down his right paw, rubbed his cheek against the glass where the little girl’s face was and moved off. I have never seen such tenderness from such a large predator.

To top it off, the little girl was not even scared, reportedly clapping in joy as she walked back to her mother.

The following are photos of the encounter; check it out:

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Wow!

[via DailyMail]

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  1. Susanne

    I saw a similiar encounter many years ago at the Toronto zoo with gorillas. There were maybe 10 people in the observation area when a young mother with her baby in a stroller came in. She parked the stroller right in front of the glass wall between us & the gorillas, who were blissfully ignoring us all at the rear of the area.

    As we all watched, one of the gorillas saw the stroller and stared at it. Then it (I want to say “she” but have no idea) came across the enclosure, sat down in front of the stroller and stared at the human baby, who was chortling and waving its arms and legs. The gorilla put one gigantic hand on the glass, as though trying to touch the child, and gazed at the baby with the same rapt expression of wonderment as we were all watching it.

    The expression on the gorilla’s face was so gentle, so — dare I say it? –loving that every person there fell absolutely silent and we all just stood there, entranced, watching this incredible encounter. The baby seemed utterly delighted and didn’t show even a hint of fear, laughing and reaching out toward her new friend. I think there were a few tears that day, too. And more than a few of us wondering why these wonderful creatures were in a zoo for our “entertainment” at all! Alas, this was in the dinosaur age before cell phones, so I have no record of it but my memory.