Saturday, July 29, 2023

Celebrate - it is International Tiger Day!

I believe spending time with grandparents should be time our grandchildren will remember as being time well spent! One way we are able to do this is by being grandparents who celebrate - in big and small ways! Certainly this involves celebrating birthdays and holidays, but we are able to make each time we are with the ones we love, a time when we celebrate. Happily there are LOTS of "special" days to celebrate - such as, today is International Tiger Day - certainly a day to celebrate for sure!

National Today says; "International Tiger Day was first celebrated in 2010 after it was found that 97% of all wild tigers had disappeared in the last century, with about only 3,000 of them remaining. It’s not news that tigers are on the brink of extinction and International World Tiger Day aims to halt the numbers from worsening." You are able to read more about this day at the following link.

I learned some fun tiger facts from the World Wildlife Fund - did you know -

  • India has the most wild tigers.
  • The USA has the most tigers in the world - of course, our tigers are in zoos.
  • Tigers in the wild primarily eat deer and a large deer can fill a tiger for a week! Since they are successful at catching a deer only once out of about every ten tries, it is good a deer fills them for so many days!
  • People in India wear face masks on the back of their head if they are walking in an area with tigers - tigers like to sneak up on their prey, so if they think you can see them, they are less likely to attack.
  • It has been said tiger pee smells like buttered popcorn - this is quite surprising, and not really something I'd want to check for myself!
You will find more tiger facts at this link.

So, how might you celebrate tigers on this day to celebrate tigers? Consider the following . . . 
  • Visit a zoo which has tigers (John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, MI has tigers!)
  • Make face masks to wear - be sure to take photos!
  • "Adopt" a tiger at this link to help with tiger conservation and preservation.
  • Face paint your grands to look like tigers - again, be sure to get photos!
Gather your grands and take time today to celebrate tigers - and build memories which matter!

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