Hey, Tinder Dude: Where'd You Get that Tiger?
How do you attract your future soul mate’s attention with a single photo?
These days a disproportionate number of men seem to think a picture of them delicately cuddling a tiger, or perched precariously next to the giant beast, will do the trick.
The digital dating site Tinder has made women around the country beg the question: What’s up with all these guys posing with tigers? Two Tumblrs have popped up to document the trend, Tinder Guys With Tigers (http://tinderguyswithtigers.tumblr.com/) and Tigers on Tinder (http://tigersontinder.tumblr.com/).
We care less about the why and more about the where. Where are all these men taking pictures with adorable, yet ferocious—and possibly sedated—large cats?
An ex-boyfriend of mine has long used a tiger as lady-bait in his Facebook profile picture (there’s a reason he is an ex). For me, he is the classic Tiger-Guy—works in finance, lives with roommates after the age of 30, drinks until he blacks out on Thursday nights.
“Where’d you take your tiger picture?” I messaged him.
“Thailand. Spring break with my bros,” he wrote back. Enough said.
And so he helped us locate three of the places these lovelorn men are taking their photographs with large cats.
For a Religious Tiger Experience
The Tiger Temple Tour is pretty much the Sam’s Club for tiger-petting pictures. Want to pose with a baby tiger? An adult tiger? Feed a tiger out of a baby bottle? Wash a tiger? Walk down a babbling brook next to a very large tiger? Tiger Temple has you covered. Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, a Theravada Buddhist forest temple in Western Thailand close to the border with Myanmar, is a sanctuary for a herd of animals, included tame tigers. Once a day, the tigers strut around the grounds, looking to be pet by visitors.
(Courtesy: Tiger Temple)