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    To date, I have seen and touched in the flesh, either wild, or under good control (NOT cruel control!) adders, an anaconda (yes, really!) a brown bear, badgers, wild boar (not on the island), penguins, buzzards, a red kite pair, a welting great Bengal tiger, a reticulated python (called Pandora, who was 14 feet long and loved having her throat scratched like cat), foxes by the score, feral cats, but I have never, EVER, seen an otter! Would dearly love to. Got to be very near the top of my "Things to do before I die" list. Any body else seen good stuff!

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    my best ever was last year crossing from feurerventura (scuse spelling) to lanzagrottie the captain diverted and followed a school (?) of dolphins who swam round the boat and gave us the best hour or so in the wild without any human intervention absolutely fantastic and as a bonus we never got to lanzagrottie
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    I once stroked a six month old lion cub and it's purr was wonderful - vibrated in the soul. Some berk had it in a council flat in London and brought it to the pub one night !!!!! It was in the early 70s before keeping wild animals was legislated about. Never did know what happened to it, but cherish the experience.

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    I went to the Gambia with my mum 7 years ago and while there we visited a croc sanctuary, where we were allowed to get up close and touch them, a wildlife park where I saw the most beautiful kingfisher and there was an enclosure where a fully grown lioness was having a kip next to the fence. I put my finger through to feel what her fur was like (really quite soft) and you don;t realise how big they are until your'e only a couple of inches away.
    While on a boat trip on the river, we had a school of river dolphins swmming about 50yds away.
    Like Zebedee, I'd love to see an otter too.

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    Have seen Kingfishers in Enniskillen Co Fermanagh right in the town.
    When I was about 12 -13 a next door neighbour worked in a safari park and hand reared three tiger cubs.It was a really wierd experience seeing them running about through a house but as MB says when they growl it goes straight through you .Its something you dont forget.
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    When sailing back from Orkney last year in our own boat, a dolphin kept us company for nearly 20 minutes - it was absolutely fantastic. He (might have been a she of course!) was enjoying swimming alongside the boat, occasionally giving a quick burst and coming out of the water across our bows. It was a very special moment.
    We saw some whales this year on the way back (scary stuff!) but they were further away (thank heavens).
    We are very lucky that here in Shetland we have many wonderful wildlife moments.

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    Zebedee,
    I proud to say that otters have returned and are regularly spotted along the river wye near where I am I@ve yet to see one), we have breding peregrines down the road too with a viewing platform which is very exciting.
    I have seen a few kingfishers which was wonderful. I went to scotland on a train once and saw a wild golden eagle which has always stuck with me, truly amazing. Silly little things like seeing deer and frogs and toads make me smile, I don't think people stop to look and cherish nature as much as we possibly could. It is all magical.

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    [QUOTE=beefy;76533... when they growl it goes straight through you .Its something you dont forget.[/QUOTE]

    don't you mean purr??? The one I met wasn't growling, for sure!!

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