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Old 01 December 2010, 08:16 PM
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Comment: This is a wonderful email. This little girl grew up in Paradise and in
complete harmony with the beasts of the earth. I feel so sorry for her to,
after all these years of peaceful existence, have to leave and go live in
"civilization". Then she learned about man's inhumanity to man. To me,
this is a glimpse of what is in store for us when we leave this life and enter
into our reward! I love the ones of her with her eyes closed and the wind in
her face with a look of pure joy on her face. What a fortunate little girl to
have experienced this!

This French girl, Tippi, was born in Nairobi, Africa in 1990. Grew up in the
jungles with her parents who are wildlife photographers. They documented
her life with the wild animals. She went back to France @ age 10. Here are
some of their pics of Tippi growing up. WOW!

















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Old 01 December 2010, 08:22 PM
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This email forwarded by those raised exclusively in the city, who also have no reasoning skills.

Some of those pictures are either heavily photoshopped, staged, or show serious child endangerment. Does anyone actually believe this?
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Old 01 December 2010, 08:38 PM
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Does anyone actually believe this?
If people didn't actually believe this stuff, snopes.com would lose its raison d'Ítre.
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Old 01 December 2010, 08:45 PM
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Some of the pics are certainly staged, but Tippi Degre did spend her childhood in the wild and has been known for quite some time, although probably moreso in Europe. I remember seeing pics of her in the early 90s as a toddler completely surrounded by wild animals, and her parents themselves marveled at how completely attuned she was to the wildlife at the time but they also knew that Tippi's situation was very unusual and probably completely unique to her. Some of what she experienced probably could have been considered endangerment, but she appears to have survived it intact.
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Old 01 December 2010, 08:56 PM
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Oh, I know of the girl, but I mean things like her on the crocodile*, and probably playing with the oversized kittens, risking oversized scratches.

It isn't even the pictures so much, although they are bad. It is the whole tone, like the lions are chowing down on banana bread or something. Yeah, the human world is pretty savage. The wild world is pretty savage. That is a constant of life, in one or another.

*That really was the main one. I wouldn't do that with an alligator, and by all accounts they are much more docile and open to being around people.
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It isn't even the pictures so much, although they are bad. It is the whole tone, like the lions are chowing down on banana bread or something. Yeah, the human world is pretty savage. The wild world is pretty savage. That is a constant of life, in one or another.
Yeah, the accompanying text shoved this straight into glurge territory.
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Old 01 December 2010, 09:28 PM
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I know next to nothing about photoshop, but just from looking at the photos, the one that doesn't belong is the girl on the crocodile.

The girl on the crocodile is wearing typically Western clothing, shoes, and has her hair braided. The rest of the Tippi photos have her usually bare-chested in animal skins or else she's wearing overalls and her hair is free. Also, Tippi's hair is pretty straight, while the girl on the croc looks like she has some curls at her temples.

Finally, I can't imagine a crocodile is going to be cool with a potential meal just walking around on its back. That photo looks 'shopped to me. The rest are adorable, if a little scary.
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One or two of those could almost go in the "racist adverts" thread, at least in implication when put with the rest. Why doesn't your mummy wash you with Sunlight soap?
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Finally, I can't imagine a crocodile is going to be cool with a potential meal just walking around on its back. That photo looks 'shopped to me. The rest are adorable, if a little scary.
There is absolutely zero possibility of a crocodile holding still while someone climbed onto its back unless it was dead, and most of the others look staged. Sorry, but the toad and the chameleons are the only two that could be with non-tamed animals, it's simply not possible otherwise, unless the kid's a 7th level Druid.

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Old 02 December 2010, 04:03 AM
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Having human kids raised by animals or even around wild animals is incredibly rare just as infant animals raised alone without adult rearing. I read about a couple of really unusual cases in sociology and psychology classes and they have said that without adult protection, young children are more prone to be a meal by wild animals (mostly read as wolves) than something to rear with the family.

Wild animals as a rule generally do not not pass up a free meal human or other species. Children of any species are incredibly vulnerable.
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Old 02 December 2010, 11:15 AM
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From what I've read about Tippi Degre she certainly wasn't raised by wild animals. Her parents were wildlife photographers who were living in Africa at the time she was born. Most of the animals in the shots were probably at a nature preserve who were used to human contact.
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I just love that meerkat's expression in the one where she's hugging it.
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Old 02 December 2010, 11:26 AM
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She's not 'in harmony' with the animals. She's kissing and cuddling them as if they're dolls. That's neither a safe nor particularly respectful way to treat wildlife.

ETA: not that it's her fault - she was just acting like any little kid. But you'd think her parents as nature photographers wouldn't have encouraged it.
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Re: The last photo in the series. I know that if a girl kisses a frog it will turn into a handsome prince, but what about a chameleon?
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All I know about kissing reptiles is that there's a chance you can get Salmonella. I love me some reptiles, but I never kissed them!
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Looks to me like Tippi was raised by 'all' the wild animals
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This French girl, Tippi, was born in Nairobi, Africa in 1990.
Nairobi, Africa. Amazing precision.

And "jungles", whow!... Rather looks like the bush, to me, but I'm no specialist. As for the croccodile pic, it's so photoshopped it hurts.

Anyway - the girl's 20, now. It might be interesting to have her take on the matter.
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Nairobi, Africa. Amazing precision.
Didn't you know Africa is a country? Oh, we pretend to be a continent of 54 countries, but Sarah Palin knows better!
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Re: The last photo in the series. I know that if a girl kisses a frog it will turn into a handsome prince, but what about a chameleon?
A politician?
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