Riding a five-ton elephant, whom she called ‘my brother’, chilling with a cheetah or hugging a giant bullfrog as if it were a Teddy bear. The childhood of a French girl Tippi Degre sounds more like a newer version of Mowgli, rather than something real. A white child, she was born in Namibia to French wildlife photographer parents, and grew up in Africa. Tippi spent her whole childhood playing with wild animals including lion cubs, a mongoose, a snake, a cheetah, baby zebra, giraffes and crocodiles.
The little girl saw nothing unusual about her company: “I don’t have friends here. Because I never see children. So the animals are my friends,” she once said.
Tippi is now 23 years old, and the only child to wildlife photographer parents Sylvie Robert and Alain Degre, who published her photos in a book called Tippi of Africa. “It was magical to be able to be free in this nature with this child. She was a very lucky little girl – she was born and raised until the age of 10 totally in the wild.” said Sylvie.
Wednesday, Nov 27th 2013 (9:29am) | Thanks: Suzi
A friend told me to go to a certain latitude and longitude on Google Maps. When I noticed it seemed to be in the middle of an African desert, I thought he was just sending nonsense.
But when I zoomed in, my mind was blown. I noticed a tiny icon that looked like an airplane. So I did some more research and discovered there’s an incredibly tragic and beautiful story behind it.
Here it is, from start to finish. UTA Flight 772 was a scheduled flight operating from Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo to Paris CDG airport in France.
Monday, Nov 11th 2013 (5:17am)
Kai Jordan and James Doernberg took pics of themselves at every Manhattan subway station. For the record, that's less than 1/6th of the total number of stations in the NYC MTA system. Someone needs to set the bar a little higher, huh?
Tuesday, Jul 16th 2013 (2:26am) | Thanks: Jean
This summer and fall the Palace of Versailles will be home to the incredible tree sculptures of Italian artist Giuseppe Penone. The wood, stone, and marble sculptures are on display in the palace and surrounding grounds through October 30, 2013.
Friday, Jun 14th 2013 (12:02am)
Here's an uneasily beautiful slideshow of crap that's ended up on the ocean floor where temperatures and low oxygen keep things from decomposing far longer than they would on land.
Dante's Peak (1997)
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