Mommmm, can we get a baby tiger?

A love affair with the news

Friday was one of those days that made me realize I am utterly and completely head over heals for my job (er…future job). My love affair with reporting is pretty conditional…and on Friday, the conditions were just right. We got a play date with a cute tiger and an opportunity to help bring closure to  a grieving family. Perfection.

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So you want to see more of the baby tiger, you say?

The story speaks for itself – Don’t forget to read the anchor lead or you won’t get it!!!

THERAPY – IN THE FORM OF A WHITE TIGER.

LAST MARCH, PROJECT SURVIVAL CAT HAVEN LOST A GREAT FRIEND WHEN A LION KILLED THEIR 24-YEAR-OLD INTERN, DIANNA HANSON.

AFTER HER DEATH, THEY WANTED TO DO SOMETHING TO HONOR DIANNA – AND THEY FOUND AN ENERGETIC LITTLE TIGER TO DO THE JOB.

(okay, now you can press play!)

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it gave the reporter a raise.

 – Another blurb about how cool my job is.

Reporting has to be one of the neatest jobs in the world…certainly not the best – even I’ll admit that – but it is absolutely the most interesting. Every day we cover something new, meet unique people, learn interesting information, and become the expert on a different topic.  How cool is that? Don’t lie to me. That’s a rhetorical question. It’s pretty freakin cool.

We never ever stop learning. The breadth of information we fill our brains with is so expansive – everything from how an air conditioner works, to the lifestyle of a lion, to how criminal prosecution works behind the scenes…technology, geography, geology, weather, aeroscience, agriculture, finance, zoology…the list of topics goes on and on.

Even better than the information, is the real stories we get to hear. I’ve listened to the stories of parents with kidnapped children, fisherman who found Indian bones, military moms making surprise visits to their kids, widdlers, artists, field workers, dog rescuers, investigators, rockstars, everyday people (often have the best stories), and now an animal rescuer coping with the loss of a tiger and a much-loved intern.

Everybody has a story to tell. Be a reporter for a day. Ask someone what their story is.  Listen.  And remember this advice – the best advice I’ve ever gotten –  you can’t learn anything by talking.

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