Crocodiles, Lions, and Tarantellas are just some of the scary animals I have touched while on travels. Take a look, and I grantee that you will see the fear in my eyes.
The first time I got to touch a living crocodile was in Gambia at the Katchikally Crocodile Pool. It was a scary, but awesome experience.
The second time, was in Ghana. And this time it was even scarier. Because in Gambia you had a local guide with you for safety. In addition, there were many workers there that knew how to handle the crocodiles. Furthermore, the crocodiles had eaten a lot and were laying lazy in the sun. In Ghana, you were sent out to the crocodiles by yourself. They were outside a hotel in a dam, and they moved a lot. Though it was uncomfortable, luckily I left the park alive.
On my trip to South Africa, I got to pet with lions two times. The first time, I can remember that I was a bit nervous when entering to the cage. And this with reason, as we actually had a couple of accidents. As I was wearing a colourful and floppy dress, the lions wanted to play with it and while doing some one bite me in my knee. Not so hard though. However, what was more serious was when my friend was attacked by the lion with the claws. They went deep inside her hand, and when she tried to get them out they were dragged, making it even worse. Luckily, the worker came and helped to take them out correctly. She explained that the lions do this to play, as their skin is thicken than ours and it do not hurt on them. The lions were still just babies, and one week after we were there, they were too big and dangerous for let tourists in with them.
The second time I got to pet with a lion, was with a small little baby on a few weeks. He was like a little puppy, it was not scary at all, just fun and joy.
The tarantella, I did not hold on my travels, I hold it home in Norway. My sister and her husband actually have it as pet.
Though it was a little bit scary, it helped to be with the owners that know how treat it. The good thing is that tarantellas can actually not kill you. It is just dangerous to be bitten if you have an allergic reaction of the poison. However, they say it is really painful.
Around Cape Town the beaches are filled with cute little penguins. They walk among you, and it is truly fascinating. I was surprised too, as I thought penguins was only living in cold climate and on the poles.
In Benin I got to hold a python snake. When they were putting it around my neck, they told me not to be afraid as based to the voodoo belief the snake will not bite. However, I was not so sure about that, but they were right it did not bite.
I have also hold snakes in Norway. However, in the zoo.
Yey, the llama, I love the llama. So cute, and here in Bolivia there are many of them!
Feeding the monkeys is always fun. The picture is from India, but I have also done it in Gambia, Nigeria and Argentina.
In South Africa we were so lucky to touch and walk with the elephants. Though it is one of my favourite animals, they are very big and a bit scary! And we were told that elephants are very emotional and therefore if someone have treated the elephant badly in the past, they can suddenly decide to attack many years after. Because they never forget. And this animal will smash you in a second!
When we were in the national park, one elephant had attacked a car the day before. The same in Sri Lanka, the elephant attack cars, people and house all the time. Knowing this, it is a bit scary being so close to the animal. But in the end of the day, the elephant is truly beautiful.
I have been riding camels in Egypt, Morocco and India. Beautiful animals, however, still far up when you are on top. The one I tried in India was a bit crazy and started to jump around and screaming with me on the top. The others were calm.
That being said, after presenting some of the scary and interesting animals I have got to met on my trips, I am not sure if all the visits were ethical. I will write a post about this later.
What is the scariest or most interesting animal you have met on your travels?