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Travel Stories

FIsh Foot Massage

Pub Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Walking along Pub Street in Siem Reap, Cambodia I saw this girl with her feet in this huge fish-tank, and I took the photo above. I asked her if it tickled, she said it did at first, but then you get used to it. The fish feed on your dead skin cells, cleaning it while they eat. Its sort of like a pedicure, when they scrape your feet.

So a little later that night, I tried it. I had heard about it from friends, so I figured why not. I walked up to a place with a giant fish tank and asked how much it cost.

$2 gets you a beer and

30 minutes in the tank

 

Seemed like a good deal to me. I can't remember the last time I laughed that hard. A few of us stuck our feet in and hysterics ensued for the first 5 or 10 minutes, but eventually it stopped tickling and we began to watch the patterns of the fish. Big fish claiming territory on the best tasting feet and scaring away the smaller fish. It was a very cool experience, but one I'll remember next time I see tilapia on a menu.

An Unbelievable Escape

2 Cheetahs, a lion, & a baby gazelle

I wouldn’t have believed this if I didn’t witness it with my own eyes.  It was early morning in the Serengeti and a heard of Thomson’s Gazelle ran suddenly - they were being hunted. Then, one was caught, a baby gazelle.

As we all watched in amazement, the baby gazelle somehow overcame the shock of its situation, got up and tried to escape alive.Then the cheetah cub began to practice its hunting skills. We watched as the gazelle made a run for it but the cheetah cub's speed was no match. Again and again the baby gazelle would get up and run, and get swatted at and trampled by the cheetah cub.

Our Tanzanian guide watched closely and began taking photos of his own. This wasn't a normal hunt he explained, because there were two cheetahs, and cheetahs are solitary cats. He pointed out that the gazelle had been caught, but the cheetah didn't kill it yet. The mother was teaching her cub how to hunt

I stood in the jeep and photographed what seemed like the slowest death ever. Watching in amazement at a cheetah cub learn to hunt, while also witnessing a young gazelle's long fought battle for life, if not just for a few more moments.

I was watching what I thought was the slowest death ever, and out of no where, a lion showed up. In hindsight looking at these photos, I realized that the mother cheetah had noticed the lioness arriving much before I did, she was looking off in that direction moments before I realized what was going on. I was so distracted watching the cub hunt. But the lioness had heard the whimpering of the baby gazelle and was hungry. Food is scarce in July when most animals have left the Serengeti migrating to Kenya.

It was clear that the lion is king of the jungle, or in this case, queen of the jungle. Two cheetahs already had the gazelle, but they wouldn’t keep it with a lion approaching. 

The lion ran towards the cheetah cub & baby gazelle. As soon as the cheetah cub was distracted by the large lioness, the gazelle tried its escape plan one more time. This time it worked.

Imagine that.  Two cheetahs, a lion, and a baby gazelle, and the baby gazelle lives.  It was the most incredible moment of nature I’ve ever seen.  I never expected to see all three cats go home hungry.

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