You brought ‘er, you zookeeper

14 August 2008


Robby the Tiger, Sheba the Elephant and Alf the Baboon. These (along with human actor Robert Fulton) were my co-stars in a TV commercial filmed today for the Michigan Lottery.

It’s really great to get a gig. Great for the ego, great for the bank account, great for the opportunity to do what I do—what I choose to do when I’m allowed to do it.

But beyond that, man oh man was I jazzed to be six feet away from a beautiful, full-grown tiger.

And inches away from a perfectly docile African elephant. And none too close to an irritable baboon, with whom we were strongly warned not to make eye contact. Talk about temperamental actors. (No photos of look-at-me-and-I’ll-rip-your-throat-out Alf.)

Filmed in the elephant barn at the Bowmanville Zoo in Clarington, Ontario, the spot is due to air beginning August 29. In Michigan, of course. I look forward to getting a copy and seeing myself share the screen with these great animals. Meanwhile, our ginormous house cat Linnell suddenly seems much smaller than he did when I left the house this morning. 



  1. I’m not sure if I can tell George about your visit with the tiger…he LOVES tigers!

  2. I am so darn proud & pleased about this news! Alf has been so down in the dumps lately and the chance to show his self-control (unlike the Minnesota State Fair slaughter) does wonders for his self-esteem. Good for Kris too…

  3. I understand your excitement about the tiger. I encountered a baby tiger at Cypress Gardens about 20 years ago, when they still had baby animals. This one was about three feet long and out walking on a leash. I leaned down to pet it and it put up with the petting and then chomped down on my hand. Scared the living daylights out of me, but boy, was it gorgeous. I’m still thinking about it.

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