17-year-old Florida girl keeps tiger in her bed
Feb 11, 2011
Felicia Frisco of Tampa, Florida, shares a bed with a 100-pound Bengal tiger, according to a recent report from the Huffington Post.
"My friends think it's really cool that I have a pet tiger because most of them only have a cat or dog," the 17-year-old told ABC News.
Felicia is the daughter of two animal handlers and comes from a family of nine generations of circus performers, according to the news source.
"She may have that young cub in her room and be taking care of him and raising him, but her mother and father who are full-time professional animal trainers also live there with her and have many other tigers right outside the door that are part of their living," said Dr. Bhagavan Antle, who runs The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species.
Bengal tigers, who normally live in India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh, are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) list of threatened species. Due to poaching, habitat loss, and now global climate changes, Bengal tigers are losing up to 96 percent of their natural habitat space.