Here I am at the Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple, in Thailand, 2 1/2 hours by road from Bangkok, just a couple of weeks ago.
I'd like to boast how fearless I was, but in fact the tiger had enjoyed a very satisfying lunch and had no interest in devouring this female 'fattened' (over the last few weeks) on skim latte's, felafel, salad and pita bread.
Besides, there are very strict rules applied for visitors, starting with the wearing of subdued colours (black is very safe - pink is definitely not allowed). We were not allowed to approach a tiger from the front, nor to touch the tiger from the rear past its shoulder blade.
You will find many websites with definite, and controversial, views on this place, but for me it was a chance in a lifetime to actually touch and hug a wild and beautiful animal - and to pretend I'm actually fearless!