Living with Tigers – Design You Trust

Living with Tigers

With six-inch fangs and weighing in at 600lb, Saber and Janda are no ­ordinary house cats. Yet these huge Bengal tigers live in Janice Haley’s suburban garden and are treated like ordinary pets. They are fed by hand, get strokes and cuddles, and white male Saber goes to sleep sucking on her finger. Janice’s life changed 20 years ago when she spotted an advert for a tiger training course in her local paper – and two years later arrived home with her first cub. Then in 2002 she bought Janda, who is now 12.

After her first tiger died in 2007 little Saber – who was only two weeks old at the time – was introduced to the family. Janice, who lives in ­Davenport, Florida, says: “They pretty much look at me as being their mother. As far as I’m concerned they are my big four-legged furry kids. We have a very special bond – they rub my face and let me kiss them on the nose, we can cuddle with them and hug them”. After a full day of play and feeding, Janice lies down with the tigers to help them go to sleep. She says: “I don’t know of too many places where you can cuddle with a full grown tiger and we’ve been doing this with them for years”. Janice and husband David work around the clock to care for the tigers and spend all of their income on food and care.

1
The pair are best of friends. (Photo by Ruaridh Connellan/Barcroft Media)

2
Saber and Janda seem to thrive off human contact. (Photo by Ruaridh Connellan/Barcroft Media)

3
Janda knows the saying don’t bite the hand that feeds you. (Photo by Ruaridh Connellan/Barcroft Media)

4
Baby Saber in December 2007. (Photo by Barcroft Media)

5
Janice lounging around with Janda. (Photo by Ruaridh Connellan/Barcroft Media)

6
They cuddle her like she’s one of their own. (Photo by Ruaridh Connellan/Barcroft Media)

7
The giant cat loves the affection. (Photo by Ruaridh Connellan/Barcroft Media)

8
Would you cuddle a big cat? (Photo by Ruaridh Connellan/Barcroft Media)

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Beautiful Winning Photos From The Bird Photographer Of The Year 2018
Photographer Takes Portraits of Black Shelter Cats Who Are Often the Last to Be Adopted
Guy Without A Date Does Epic Photoshoot With His Pug Instead
Miami Zoo Welcomes Two Young Male Cheetahs from South Africa
Curious “Shiba Inu Sticking Their Heads Through Walls” Bath Towel Set Gives You A Patiently Waiting Shower Buddy
2015 Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year Award
Photographer Captures Stunning Portraits Of Her Cat Through The Seasons
Artist Brynn Metheny Re-Imagined Sharks As... Cats!
GPS Trackers That Show Cats' Activity During The Night
Dutch Illustrator Transforms Pets Into Adorable Disney Characters
This Dog Loves to Play Dress Up With Cardboard Cutouts
This Bulldog Loves Watching The Street Through A Hole, So His Owners Paint 2 Costumes On The Fence
Dog Shopkeeper from Musashi-Koganei,Tokyo
Dogs Play on the Beach During Heat Wave
Russian Miner Spends His Breaks Taking Photos Of Foxes In The Arctic Circle
Frog Freezes Solid while Searching for a Mate on Icy Norwegian Lake
Stunning Winners Of The 2018 Dog Photographer Of The Year Contest
21 Life Lessons From Cats
Street Photographer Travels The World Portraying Very Different Personalities Of Dogs
German Circus Uses Holograms Instead Of Live Animals For A Cruelty-Free Magical Experience
Beautiful Photos Of Mali The Dog Enjoying Christmas Time
Tiger Shark: Close Up
Amazing Pictures Show Dolphins, Blue Marlin And Gannets Feasting On Sardines During Annual Migration Of Millions Of Fish
Orphaned Raccoon Thinks She's a Dog After Being Rescued and Raised by Family with Dogs