There are a lot of feelings about the Florida zoo that is offering guests the opportunity to swim with a baby tiger named Tony. On one hand, swimming with a baby tiger sounds like a magical experience on par with tasting a cloud or meeting a real, live unicorn.
On the other hand, baby tigers are just adult tigers waiting to happen, and adult tigers don't make good swim/life buddies so ... this whole thing might be a bad idea.
According to the folks at Wild Things, the private zoo in Dade City at the center of this, playing with little Tony is totally safe and supervised, at least, until it isn't.
"Well, with any animal there's always a risk," says Randy Stearn, Wild Things president and head trainer. "It's not like we're going to just throw you in the pool and say, here's the tiger. You're in there with at least one of the trainers actually in the water with you."
See? For the price of swimming with a tiger, you can swim with a trainer for free. Of course, if tigers are just too cuddly and not nearly dangerous enough for you, you can always elect to throw a gator pool party. This is Florida, after all.
While you're contemplating whether $200 is worth it for a little tiger time (they also function on dry land), here are a few examples of tiger adorableness to enjoy from the safety of your computer screen. Because we care.
Witness, a baby tiger swimming: