By Dan Spalding
WARSAW – Bengal tigers, by nature, are as lazy and low-key as they are big and strong, and festival-goers at the Kosciusko County Community Fair got a glimpse of their personalities this week.
The show was led by Animal Trainer Felicia Frisco, 27, who was profiled by ABC news 10 years ago when she was a 17-year-old and gained notoriety by working with Bengals.
Frisco comes from a family of animal handlers. She now runs a Tiger Encounter program that has been doing shows at the fair this week.
All of the animals were born in captivity and have all of their teeth and claws, she said.
Spectators at the 4 p.m. Show Thursday were kept safe by a fully enclosed cage and additional fencing outside of the cage to make sure the animals don’t get loose.
Firsco warned spectators that the show is somewhat controlled by the willingness of the animals and that turned out to be the case.
Eventually, Frisco was able to feature a smallish Sumarah, a golden tabby Bengal tiger, and then a much larger Bengal Tiger named Sephorah.
Much of the 20-minutes show involved a few simple tricks that required the coaxing of tigers with lots of meat.
At the end, spectators of the free show were given a chance to feed one of the tigers with meat pierced onto the end of a long stick.