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Ever wanted to ride a lion, hug a bear, or maybe race a cheetah? A controversial zoo in Argentina allows tourists the opportunity to experience such
extreme close encounters with some of the most dangerous predators in the world.
Here at the Lujan Zoo near Buenos Aires visitors are pleasantly advised that they can indeed ride lions, cuddle bears, stroke tigers and feed cheetahs.
Cages are readily accessible to everyone, and we mean anyone, who paid the $50 fee and signed the paper relieving the zoo of any responsibility
should you be eaten alive, or even just lose a digit or two. Lujan Zoo is about 50 miles from nearby metropolis Buenos Aires, and has an admission
cost of just £5.
Visitors are even urged to pick up the smaller animals and play with them how ever they see fit, at a strong risk to themselves and the creatures.
And judging by what we’ve seen and heard, there appear to be no real safety regulations to protect either the humans or animals. On one perusal, we
found several Internet blogs littered with pictures of tourists getting up close and personal with the animals.
Most shockingly perhaps, is the fact that children are allowed to enter all of the cages and fondle a range of animals that have the obvious potential to
k*ll or maim them.
Animal protection charity, The Born Free Foundation, has spoken out against the zoo and posted strong statements urging tourists not to visit. Will
Travers, CEO of The Born Free Foundation states ominously, ‘Based on what I have seen displayed on the Lujan Zoo website, I am fearful that a
terrible accident is going to happen.
He then added,”The zoo is, in my view, placing the lives of its visitors at great risk by encouraging them to have ‘close encounters’ with dangerous,
potentially lethal, wild animals.
Anyone who has any knowledge of big cats will understand that they are wild animals and, as such, as unpredictable.’
As much as I disagree with the practices of this establishment, I must say that mounting a picture of me riding a lion in my bedroom would be
awesome. There’s still time…
He was arrested once. Who is he now?
A police mugshot of Bill Gates after his arrest for driving without a licence in 1975.
Gates at work in 1984. As the co-founder, with Paul Allen, of Microsoft, he grew a 1975 back-room start-up into a software behemoth worth, at its peak, $400 billion
Bill and Melinda Gates in India earlier this year. Their foundation has assets worth $37.1 billion. He intends to give it all away
The rich yet humble Bill Gates.
1. It's a simple one. How many pencils are there? There are clearly seven¦ what, wait! Six? No.. So how many?
2. Close your left eye and stare at the cross. As the circle moves left and right, it should pass through your blind spot and disappear completely! You may need to lean in closer to get this to work.
3. Stare at the moon long enough, and the stars should begin to fade away. How many can you get to disappear?
4. Can you tell which of these lines is longer? Test them with a ruler or a piece of paper -- you may be surprised.
5. How many colors do you see? Most people see four colors: green, blue and 2 shades of pink.
Click on the image to see the answer.
6. As the small circles intersect with the large ones, we seem to see the outlines of a growing and shrinking square. But there is no "square" -- your brain is trying to visualize in terms of solid shapes, and fills in the blanks.
7. We already had an entire post with such pictures that seem to be in motion, but nope, the arenâ€™t moving.
8. Look at the red dot for a while and gray stripes will disappear
9. Although you donâ€™t believe it, these lines are straight and parallel
10. These two birds are identical, not only in size but in color too.
11. These "fish" may appear to be wiggling, but the only thing changing in this animation is the color.
12. What do you see here at first glance? The yellow arrows pointing to the left or green arrows pointing to the right? There is no correct answer. Different people see different arrows at first (I saw the yellow ones)
13. Another "false spiral" -- actually a series of concentric circles, hard as it may be to believe. To prove that there's no spiral, try tracing your finger around one of the circles. You'll see that it never moves inward or outward.
14. Do you see the rose spots? Well, if you look at the cross, soon enough thereâ€™ll only be one green spot running around, other spots will disappear.
15. First, look at the image at a close distance, then look at it from 1 meter distance
16. Hover you mouse cursor over the picture. Does it move?
17. Which direction is the cat rotating: clockwise or anticlockwise? Once again, different people will see different direction. I see it rotating in a clockwise direction. With practice, you can make it switch at will!
18. These spirals are spinning only in your head ;)
19. Three illusions in one! This three-in-one illusion includes a false spiral, an impossible Escher-esque structure, and what appears to be a seriously warped floor...
20. The word is hidden here. Can you spot it?
21. Can you tell where on this curve the lines are the longest, and where they are the shortest?
22. Are the walls of this house facing outward, or inward?
23. Which of these two dots is in the true center of the circle
24. Can you tell which of these cars is the largest?
25. Here's a simple one. Are these two rows of squares perfectly parallel?