Fair display features baby tiger, lynx
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
By Jacob Carpenter
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The Jackson County Fair is getting exotic with its animal displays.
On the other end of the fairgrounds from traditional horses, cattle and sheep, fairgoers can find a baby tiger, lynx and kangaroo seemingly out of their element in Jackson County.
The display, which allows people to take snapshots with the young animals, is the first of its kind at the fairgrounds. A larger show with adult animals typically reserved for public zoos made its debut last year.
“We provide an experience here to do something that you don’t normally get to do,” said Rachelle Gehringer, owner of Premier Animal Attractions, a private and federally licensed zoo that travels across the state for fairs and education demonstrations.
The young tiger and lynx, both fewer than 3 months old, were the main attractions for curious onlookers Monday.
“I’ve just never seen something like this at the fair,” said Roger Stensaker, 35, of Jackson, who took a photo with his fiancee, daughter and the 12-week-old tiger.