Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg, Mb.

It was the last day of summer time weather and I scheduled a visit to the Assiniboine Park Zoo with the hope of photographing the polar bears but the divers were cleaning their pool so I went with Plan B... the tigers.

Since the zoo had only opened this tiger really must have forgotten that there was glass between it self and us humans and it ran right into the glass trying to get a closer look at me.

The tiger came back around and I was able to get some clear shots as the tiger approached me. Maybe 2 or 3 feet between myself and this tiger.

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Taken October 8, 2019.

Posted by Jan Bjorklund on Mon, 10/14/19 19:59
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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Mon, 10/14/19 20:00

I would call it a face plant. The tiger came out of its quarters, saw me and immediately ran right towards and hit the glass head on. I could not get a clear shot with the glass being very reflective in the morning sun plus I was a little taken a back by the charging tiger.

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Mon, 10/14/19 20:01

a peacock warming up in the morning sun

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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Mon, 10/14/19 20:02

This creature used to be easy to photograph because it was in a large open enclosure but then it was moved to area with a fence that is about 10 feet high and the only way to get a clear shot is when one of the animals goes up on a small hill within the enclosure.

Comments by S Roter on Tue, 10/15/19 01:37

Another great series Jan.

Comments by Paul Bracey on Tue, 10/15/19 06:46

Sounds more like he wanted to eat you than get a good look at you!

Comments by Sandi MacDonald on Tue, 10/15/19 12:28

That last animal...what in the world is it?;-)

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Tue, 10/15/19 14:06

I should have included this information with the third image in the comment section.

The Sichuan Takin or Tibetan Takin is a subspecies of Takin (goat-antelope). Listed as a vulnerable species, the Sichuan Takin is native to Tibet and the provinces of Sichuan, Gansu and Xinjiang in the People's Republic of China.

The Takin was previously considered closely related to the Arctic muskox. DNA sequencing recently revealed various sheep are close relatives (goats, tahrs, sheep, bharal, Barbary sheep).

At the shoulder Sichuan Takins stand 1-1.4m (3.3-4.5ft) tall. The head and body measure 1.5-2.2m (5-7.3ft) long. Females are smaller than males weighing 280kg (616lb) on average. Males weigh up to 350kg (770lb).

Comments by Sandi MacDonald on Tue, 10/15/19 14:48

Thanks Jan for the info.;-)

Comments by Bruce Hunter on Fri, 10/18/19 05:35

" Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forest of the night
what immortal hand and eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry

William Blake

fearful symmetry, indeed...

O.P. an amazingly mesmerizing image, Jan.

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Fri, 10/18/19 20:32

I had never seen a young peacock previously... a peachick I think it is called.

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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Fri, 10/18/19 20:32

Amur tiger pacing