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By Tracey McManus
Tampa Bay Times 

Is cuddling tiger cubs conservation?


August 6, 2017

DADE CITY, Fla. (AP) — A lifelong animal lover, Lisa Graham was intrigued when she saw photos on social media of friends cuddling and petting baby tigers at zoos.

So she made a trip from Lutz for her daughter's 11th birthday to Dade City's Wild Things, wondering what it would feel like that close to a tiger.

But when the Wild Things volunteer walked to their picnic table cradling a cub, barely old enough to stand, her excitement turned to pity.

The cub, she said, was lethargic, barely moved. She wondered if it was even old enough to be away from its mother.

As Graham and her daughter took...

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