Florida Animal Sanctuary Allows Kids to Swim with Tigers

The sanctuary says it's the only place on the planet where kids can swim with tigers.
3:00 | 10/10/12

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And we have a shot to show you. Little kids, swimming, side-by-side, with tiger cubs. The florida animal sanctuary says it's the only place on the planet you can do this. So, should you let your kids dive in? Well, there you see abc's matt gutman, taking the plunge there in dade city, florida, with the story. And trying to chase the tiger cub, who doesn't look like he wants to be in the pool, matt. A happy growl. Matt, can you hear us? Good morning, amy. This is tony. He's the star attraction here. He's a fearsome beast. 1,000 pounds of canine. What you don't know about guys like this, they have webbe feet. And they're fantastic swimmers. There's a new party animal in town. Tony, the tiger. Only 6 weeks old and tiny. His roar may only be a peep. But he's an enormous attraction here at date city's wild things. Which says it's the only place in the world where customers can swim, yes, swim, with a real-life tiger. It is a limited time that we can do it. You can only interact with the tiger until they're 40 pounds. Reporter: It's a success. Drawing people as far from iceland, for just 30 minutes, for a battle feed, and practicing your tiger paddle. When fully grown, tony, a siberian tiger, could top 1,000 pounds. Bertha and veronica cruz didn't seem to mind. Trying to keep up with it is exciting. Reporter: So exciting, it seems everyone wants in on the action. Swimming with wild and deadly critters seems trendily, now. At arizona's out of africa park, these fully-grown cats, thrash around with their trainers. Florida, bob barrett considered mixing and alligators at pool parties a business model. It just took off like wildfire. Reporter: The state eventually considered it illegal, shutting him down last week, something that some animal activists believe is the right thing to do. You should never have close human contact with animals. They belong in the wild. And people should not get in the habit of being in close contact with them. Reporter: But what a lot of people don't know is it's actually safer to swim with these animals than to be with them outside of the water. That way, they are too busy swimming to swat you. Now, when animals like this -- this is tarzan, who weighs about 30 pounds. When they get to be 40 pounds, the experience is over. The whole idea is to socialize animals who are born in captivity and will live the rest of their lives in captivity. Amy? All right, matt gutman. I think you have a healthy respect that should be there? I think tarzan weighs more than 30 pounds.

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