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I ve got a tiger on my tail: Clasped in the paws of a Bengal tiger

I ve got a tiger on my tail: Clasped in the paws of a Bengal tiger


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I ve got a tiger on my tail: Clasped in the paws of a Bengal tiger

I ve got a tiger on my tail: Clasped in the paws of a Bengal tiger, John Dawley goes through the daily routine of picking up a wage. Not for John that nine-to-five drudgery chained to an office desk - instead its a daily dice with danger that could always go horrifyingly wrong. Each day, before a disbelieving audience, the fearless 27-year-old takes on " Kipplin, " the three-year-old tiger, in a show staged at the Enchanted Village in Orange County, California. After terrifying tussles like these, John escapes by jumping into a swimming pool. Always there is the fear that one day " Kipplin, " might play it for real - hes already come too close for comfort. So next time you go to work, spare a thought for John...earning his stripes the hard way. Pouncing: Fearless John ducks as " Kipplin, " the three-old tiger, unleashes himself at his victim in another round of combat. July 1977 P000733

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In this print titled "I've got a tiger on my tail, " we witness the extraordinary life of John Dawley, a daring 27-year-old who defies the monotony of office work for a thrilling routine with danger. Every day, in front of an amazed audience at the Enchanted Village in Orange County, California, John engages in a heart-stopping battle with "Kipplin, " a three-year-old Bengal tiger. As we gaze upon this image frozen in time, we can feel the adrenaline coursing through our veins. John's fearless spirit shines brightly as he faces off against his formidable opponent. The intensity is palpable as "Kipplin" lunges towards him, jaws wide open and claws ready to strike. Yet amidst this perilous dance between man and beast lies an unspoken bond that transcends fear. In their eyes, there exists both respect and trust—a testament to the remarkable friendships that can form across species boundaries. But make no mistake; each performance is not without its risks. John knows all too well that one wrong move could lead to disaster. Yet he perseveres, earning his stripes every single day by pushing himself beyond limits most would never dare approach. So next time you find yourself chained to your desk or trapped within the confines of routine drudgery, take a moment to reflect on John's incredible journey. As he dives into a pool after each breathtaking encounter with "Kipplin, " remember his unwavering dedication and courage—the embodiment of living life on the edge.

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