The Mineko Club, a volunteer group in Hitachi City, Japan, is selling jeans personally shredded by animals to raise money for wildlife conservation. Lions, tigers and bears at the Kamine Zoo were given toys covered in the denim to tear into, creating a “worn-in” look. The denim was then sewn to create the pants, Zoo Jeans, which are being auctioned online through Monday. The tiger-designed pair’s current price is well into the thousands, which proves this bizarre fundraising idea was brilliant. As a person who gets beyond annoyed when I see “distressed” jeans going for triple the price because some factory machine or employee ripped them up for show, it’s awesome to see a pair of pants that were torn up in a more, well, authentic way. [Uproxx, Australia Network News]
There’s nothing more exciting than a newborn white tiger … except five newborn white tigers. The White Zoo in Kernoff, Austria was an embarrassment of riches on Monday when the felines, who were born on April 25, met the public. The zoo’s owner said they were pleased when four healthy Bengel cubs were born and then one more appeared a short while later. They’ve been not-at-all confusingly named Lulu, Lila, Lali, Lela and the only boy is named Obama. Yup, an adorable baby tiger named Obama. [YouTube; The Weather Channel]
Here’s a new spin on our beloved Internet cat videos: an adorable child dressed like a tiger and an actual big cat playing together! Little Marshall Shaffer paid a visit to a zoo in Tacoma, Washington in his tiger Halloween costume, which is cute on its own, but then he made friends with real-life tiger cub, Kali! The six-month-old cub couldn’t help but turn into a giant kitten when Marshall became his playmate through the glass. Marshall’s gleeful little giggles are too cute to handle. (But don’t get eaten, okay?) [Neatorama]
Last September, we sat at our desks, horrified but intrigued, to hear that a 25-year-old man had jumped off a monorail in the Bronx Zoo into the tiger cage. I mean, I might joke about stuffing baby pandas into my purse, but I’m not really that crazy.
Alas, David Villalobos who plead not guilty to trespassing in court earlier today, really was that crazy. Keep reading »
Florida has outdone itself yet again. Kids swimming with baby alligators is not the most dangerous thing you can do at a birthday party. That would now be swimming in a pool with a Siberian tiger cub. Keep reading »
Disturbing news out of the Bronx Zoo: yesterday, a man jumped into the tiger exhibit and lost a foot. Police say the apparently emotionally-disturbed 20-something man was riding the zoo’s monorail at around 3 p.m. when he suddenly jumped into the tiger pen.
One of the big cats began mauling the man, allegedly tearing off his foot, before emergency workers could rescue him. Gothamist is reporting the man’s leg was shredded, his back was bitten and “a fang punctured his lung.” Keep reading »