Why wearing a live tiger backpack is all the rage this summer!

Newly-appointed Hatman Mansions wildlife correspondent Daryl Balfour has got off to a start of no little brilliantness.

He goes off to photograph tigers in the Free State… What? No, not lions. Not leopards. Not cheetahs. Tigers. What? They don’t live in Africa, you say? Well done. But they do now. I’ll tell you how tigers wound up in South Africa a little later.

First, I’d like you to fix your eyes on these very entertaining pics of Daryl photographing tigers in the Philippolis area of the Free State. Kind of behind-the-scenes images, we’ll call them.

First up…

Our man Balfour, a true fashion leader, wears a live tiger while on the shoot. Our Hatman Mansions fashion writer tells me that using live animals as backpacks is going to be BIG on the catwalks of Europe in 2010. You read it here first.

Our man Balfour, a true fashion leader, wears a live tiger while on the shoot. Our Hatman Mansions fashion writer tells me that using live animals as backpacks is going to be BIG on the catwalks of Europe in 2010. You read it here first.

I like that. Wouldn’t wear one myself but then I’m not the trendy type. Looks good on our wildlife correspondent though. OK. Buckle up for the next baby!

"Leap," said Daryl and, on cue, the tiger (using a type of acting I invented some years ago and called "Method") duly leapt into the frame. OK, pork overload there but still a pic of epic kiffness, hey?

"Leap," said Daryl and, on cue, the tiger (using a type of acting I invented some years ago and called "Method") duly leapt into the frame. OK, pork overload there but still a pic of epic kiffness, hey?

Look. I’m not exactly sure what happened half a second after this previous pic was taken but Balfour personally e-mailed it to me so he must still be alive. He is, however, known for having nearly died a good few years ago after being trampled by a huge bull elephant which charged him while he was snapping away. And, yes, he continued to photograph the charge… which is exactly what I expect of my wildlife correspondent. Still, Daryl seems to remain on good terms with the tuskers, as evidenced by this cute little snap coming right up…

Everybody say "Aaaah!" Nice, hey? Apaprently the "three-trunk treatment" is excellent for skin exfoliation and is far preferable to being trampled by the jumbos

Everybody say "Aaaah!" Nice, hey? Apparently the "three-trunk treatment" is excellent for skin exfoliation as well as being far preferable to the "trampoline treatment"!

Good work, Mr Balfour. Now. the pics of the tigers were taken at John Varty’s place, Tiger Canyons, where he runs a tiger conservation project. Numbers of tigers are dwindling in their natural habitats in Asia and the population at Tiger Canyons is apparently the only one that is on the increase… in the world.

Not only that but a white tiger cub was born there a couple of weeks ago, believed to be possibly the only one on the entire planet, and Daryl photographed the birth of the litter of five cubs. These highly stunning images can be viewed on John Varty\’s website. An extensive portfolio of Daryl and Sharna Balfour’s magnificent wildlife photography can be enjoyed by popping along to their amazing site. This is an online wildlife safari not to be missed. Enjoy. And don’t forget to wear your uber-trendy live tiger backpack so that you’re sure to stand out!

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