The US is fairly lax with some laws, at least compared to Australia, and I’ve been wondering if that is why there are quite a few of these “safari” tourist spots here, where you can drive around on a circuit and feed exotic animals from your car. Maybe there are fewer laws and regulations that would prevent it from being possible or even worthwhile. My family and I got to visit one not far outside of Knoxville called Circle G Ranch, and sounded like it would be adorable. Feeding cute animals!
I won’t lie, there was some cuteness included in the safari experience along with all that terror. But you know, it was around 97% terror.
My family first visited the safari quite shortly after moving to the USA, and visited again just recently, almost exactly a year later. It had changed. We couldn’t see any of the big horn cattle who had previously mugged us of our feed and scared us the most. The most intimidating creatures we met were a ridiculously stalkerish horse….
….and a few persistent Llamas.
Why the change? The guy who seemed to be running the place said that some of the animals were keeping their distance because they were very pregnant, and would soon be social again once their babies were out and about. The reason the big horn cattle were gone, however, was apparently due to new regulations had been brought in, which meant they weren’t able to have them as part of the safari experience for safety reasons any more. And I can see why. They’re monsters! But….
I kind of missed being terrorized. It was exciting.
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