Did you know the circus is in town? It’s a memorable experience for the whole family and opening night tickets are only$10! That’s cheaper than a movie ticket!!
I had the wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with the tigers and lions, and their trainer Alexander Lacey, at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus today.
Some facts I learned today:
- They feed their tigers and lions 16 pounds of meat every morning- cow hearts and muscle. It’s also human grade meat– meaning you and I could eat it!
- They have a couple tigers there that are 16 years old!
- Lions and tiger get along!
- They don’t feed their lions and tigers before the circus show. Alexander Lacey compared it to going on a run with a full stomach– it’s not something that is good for them. Afterwards though, they are rewarded with cows milk and oil supplement.
- During the circus show, all the animals (tigers and lions) get along (similar to a teacher/classroom dynamic), yet in their off-time, they have their own personal spaces away from certain animals they might not get along with.
- Many of the animals were born on the road, trained on the road, and not yet ready to perform until three years old or older.
- The sticks that Alexander Lacey uses during training are purely for direction– not for his safety. (Check out the video of him directing Bella the tiger).
Thank you to Synergy Communications and Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus for the exclusive opportunity to get behind the scenes! All opinions expressed are 100% mine.