To see where you are going, you have to know where you have been. (Mascot edition)
Auburn, along with quite a few other schools has somewhat of an identity crisis. We are known as the Plainsmen, War Eagles, and Tigers.
Obviously, the name Plainsmen comes from Auburn being known as the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” which it is just that. The name, meh.
War Eagles is also obvious but personally I like it less than Plainsmen.
What we really are is the Auburn Tigers and in my book always will be, and that brings me to the point of this post. The pic at the top was taken 6 years ago in Crossville, Alabama at a wildlife rescue sanctuary called Tigers for Tomorrow. The owners of the non profit facility are Sue and Wilbur and they truly love their animals, especially the big cats. They have dozens of big kitties of all breeds and care for them until the day they die naturally. Nobody is turned away or put down at their place. We have visited several times and made donations also. In my mind there are not many worthier causes. A little trivia here, Cougars are the biggest cats that purr. Tigers make a sound called Chuffing. When they do that they like you or are happy.
The Tiger in the picture is named Wyatt. His pregnant mother was rescued by Sue and Wilbur and shortly after gave birth to 4 cubs. Their names are Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, Annie Oakley, and Calamity Jane. When I first heard about the place my wife and I could not wait to go. We called, set up an appointment and headed to Crossville for the experience of a lifetime. When we got there Sue had a blanket spread out under a tree and asked us to sit down. She then whistled and called and 4 seven week old tiger cubs popped out from under the porch of their log cabin and came head over heels running out to us. We both frolicked around the ground with the cubs, rubbed tummies, and scratched heads for almost an hour. Sue had bottles of specially prepared formula to feed them and all four got their fill. That was pretty much the end of the visit because Tiger cubs want to do the same thing as we do after a belly full, Naptime!!
It was an experience we will never forget, most people never get to see a Tiger cub, much less play with 4 or them. The picture (Christmas card pic) was our last up close encounter with Wyatt as he was already getting too big to be a safe playmate. Check out the size of the paws at 3 months old. There is a picture of a full grown Wyatt on their website now and he is a regal beast indeed. Check them out at www.tigersfortomorrow.org. They are open to the public and I highly recommend visiting them.
Now, why the story on this site? I would be big time in favor of Auburn getting a Tiger of our very own. I am sure there will be many opportunities for a rescue situation and with our Vet school where could the cat be better taken care of than Auburn. What do you think?
Stop me if you have heard this one.
What are the four words Alabama fans say most often?
Bud Light and Roll Tide.