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Lions and Tigers and ???? Oh My! (BIG PICS)
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David Hartsock
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November 2, 2011 - 10:13 am
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This past weekend my wife and I had the opportunity to visit the [url=http://www.exoticfelinerescuecenter.org/home.html:3urkdqtc]Exotic Feline Rescue Center[/url:3urkdqtc] in Center Point, Indiana for our second time. The EFRC is a wonderful place that provides unwanted and/or abused exotic cats a place to live out their lives in peace without fear. They've accept cats from all over the US and have some horrible stories of abuse and the conditions these beautiful animals came from. The center provides food, water, enclosures, stimulation, and excellent health care. Parts of the center are open to the public as a means of educating the public and raising money to care for the animals. The staff and volunteers are awesome and many drive hours each way to help at the center.

This trip was quite a bit different than the last. I had arranged for us to stay onsite as a gift for my wife's birthday. From our doorstep there were big cats within 10 feet. At dusk and dawn you could hear the lions roaring as if we were on our own African safari! The general public is only allowed into the main area with around 90 cats. We were afforded the opportunity to visit the restricted sections and view all 233 cats including a lion, Cubby, who had recently undergone surgery in the onsite animal clinic.

I thought I would share some of the many pictures I took during our stay. I am not a photographer by any means. My interest was spurred by Ron Moore almost a year ago and I'm slowing learning (very slowly). All pictures were taken with a Canon T2i and 55-250mm lens. All animals are behind a fence and I did my best to "shoot through" the fence, so if you an areas (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) they are from the fencing and due to my lack of lenses and ability. [b:3urkdqtc]Pictures are click-able for full size![/b:3urkdqtc]

[size=150:3urkdqtc]October 30th[/size:3urkdqtc]
Dusty was right outside our door
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Lanky the Linx outside our door
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Dusty again - hamming it up
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November 2, 2011 - 10:20 am
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[attachment=5:1o00nput]IMG_1535.jpg[/attachment:1o00nput]

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This is Charlie, a real joker. Moments before this he was playing hide-and-seek behind the water bucket.
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Raaaaarrrrrrr!!!
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Just kidding!
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November 2, 2011 - 10:26 am
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Is this a good pose?
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My Wife posing with Dusty, or is it Dusty posing with my wife? Either way, I think they're both happy.
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I'm a big ferocious Bobcat!
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OK, maybe not so ferocious.
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November 2, 2011 - 10:35 am
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[size=200:18zojeau]October 31[/size:18zojeau]

[size=150:18zojeau]Outside our room in the morning.[/size:18zojeau]
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Looks like Dusty had a rough night.
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[size=150:18zojeau]One of the areas the general public isn't allowed[/size:18zojeau]

Do I have bed head?
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I see spots.
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November 2, 2011 - 10:40 am
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I'm not lion!
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You can't see me!
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I'm thinking about steak!
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I'm so pretty.
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November 2, 2011 - 10:46 am
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Can a guy get a scratch and a few treats around this place?
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Simply majestic!
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November 2, 2011 - 10:52 am
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You wanna mess with me?
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Comb? Anyone have a comb?
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Take me home... Please.
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[size=150:1kb4ixvq]Back in the main area available to the public[/size:1kb4ixvq]

Just lying around today.
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This is an old circus cage. Just me [i:1kb4ixvq]trying[/i:1kb4ixvq] to be artistic.
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November 2, 2011 - 10:59 am
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I'll have mine rare please.
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So pretty.
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I just don't know if I can stay awake one moment longer.
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Nope!
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November 2, 2011 - 11:03 am
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I'll just rest my chin here for one tiny moment.
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One more artistic [i:3bgsvsye]attempt[/i:3bgsvsye].
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Not to leave out the smaller guys.
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There you have it! Hope you enjoyed my feeble attempts at photography!

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November 2, 2011 - 3:25 pm
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Hi Dave,

I just visited the Exotic Feline Rescue Center myself - nah!, just the site. A lot of interesting stuff there, I wish I could visit the real place.

And great photos.
May I express my honest opinion? Yes? Thank you!
Stick to the ones with the animals in them, you do have an eye for living, breathing subjects - 1st in your 2nd post (no label), Raaaaarrrrrrr!!! & Just kidding!, 2nd in your 5th post (no label), Take me home... Please: just to name a few of my favorites.

Thanks for the gallery,
Cheers

P.S. Is it ok to download some of these?

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November 2, 2011 - 3:39 pm
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And great photos.[/quote:ryv0jpk4]
Thank you!

Thanks for the gallery,[/quote:ryv0jpk4]
You very welcome!

P.S. Is it ok to download some of these?[/quote:ryv0jpk4]
Absolutely! Have all you want.

I also sent you a PM, Dutchy.

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November 2, 2011 - 3:56 pm
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Yeah, great pics of the big cats...thanks mate. Personally, I would have liked to have seen more pics of the missus though.

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November 2, 2011 - 4:04 pm
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[quote:2aaflt6b]Personally, I would have liked to have seen more pics of the missus though. [/quote:2aaflt6b]
Aren't you naughty, Jim!!
Truth is I noticed myself how pretty Dave's wife is, but didn't think it's appropriate to comment on her on a public forum.

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November 2, 2011 - 4:33 pm
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[quote:319b1ljn]Aren't you naughty, Jim!![/quote:319b1ljn]
Yep...LOL. A typical MCP. (Male Chauvinist Pig).

[quote:319b1ljn]I noticed myself how pretty Dave's wife is[/quote:319b1ljn]
What we in Oz would refer to as 'a really good sort'.

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November 2, 2011 - 4:51 pm
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[quote:1k7ig5hq]What we in Oz would refer to as 'a really good sort'.[/quote:1k7ig5hq]
No need to worry, now I'm really convinced that you're a typical MCP, lol!

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