This shot really sums up the relationship of the staff and the animals in their care at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary outside of Albion, IN. The tiger walked over and lay down and made a rumbling purring kind of sound of comfortable communion when this staff member approached. Clearly, there is a lot of love and respect given these creatures. They mostly came from people who surrendered pets who grew too big to handle or from rescues of animals being neglected.
Wanna play house?
I mean it!
I want to play with my keg by myself, thank you!
Bi guy gets his supper. Look at the bite marks on that ball!
It’s legal to keep an alligator up to five feet long in your home. This one got much bigger. A guy was given it in high school and it lived in a frat house bathtub at Indiana University for a while. I’m sure it’s happier here.
Fox… Possible an Arctic fox, sacked out on a lovely day. The grounds are shady and peaceful.
Apparently, there are estimated to be over 2,000 bears held in captivity in Ohio alone.
One of the big cat residents passed away this spring.
Mariah, our guide for the 3 o’clock tour was knowledgeable and very comfortable to spend time with. She was able to answer our questions and knew the history of the various animals. We were surprised to hear it was only her second time leading the tour.
Much as I like just wandering around, the tour that comes free with the price of admission is well worth it! I’m looking forward to returning next year to see the new enclosure that’s being built to house the new residents who will arrive before too long.
The following text in brackets turned out to be erroneous. Clearly I mixed up a couple of stories after the fact. And me, a researcher! Bad! 😀 I’m only leaving in my writing so that Lori Gagen’s/Black Pine’s response makes sense. [Remember that story about the private zoo owner near Zanesville, OH who set his animals free (to disastrous results) and then killed himself? Black Pine is taking in some of the survivors.] Good work