Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Travelers’ Night In — Animal Encounters!


On this week’s round of Travelers’ Night In, the interactive Twitter discussion for avid travelers and travel lovers, the theme was Animal Encounters — the strange animals we’ve encountered around the world!  As always, ten questions were asked, people responded while tagging their tweets #TNI, and learned quite a few travel tips and ideas!

Here were this week’s questions:

Q1. Ever come close to losing life or limb in an animal encounter? What? Where?

TransAmericas 3 days ago in Lacandon jungle Mexico trapped in a canoe w a scorpion. Not easy to kill in canoe when its right next to you.

tomtravel2 direct hit on my bare ankle from Sea of Cortez stingray. I lost a lot of blood and boy did that hurt

clevergayle I have been circled by many barracuda while snorkeling – they scare the heck out of me – no close calls, but spooky

travelnewsdaily I try to avoid nature, so unless a rabid pug assaults me @ my local cafe I tend to be protected

AryCancun Vampires in Mexico!

Q2. One animal encounter you would love to experience before you die?

lpusastaff A jackalope. I could die happy, or at least laughing.

redhunttravel Easy one – seeing Mountain Gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda or the DRC

pamstucky UNICORNS!!! UNICORNS!!! UNICORNS!!!!!!! And swim with dolphins

BridalTravelGuy Swim with some fatty Tuna and a jar of soy sauce


Q3. What’s the strangest wild animal you’ve ever eaten? Where?

TravelSavvyKayt Fire-roasted rattlesnake, maybe? Jellyfish was also a bit weird to eat.

Jaguardman Alligator, Aguti, Boa Constrictor (tastes like fish), termites, bat (stinks really bad).. Can I cook 4 U in the jungle?

QuieroTravel Cow brain tacos….

boldlygosolo Strangest food? Reindeer meat in Norway. After apologizing to Santa

IntoxAbroad: Eating tarantula in Cambodia

Q4. Favorite animal encounter?

PortaPocketGal ostrich stuck beak in car window on safari. our vehicle became more than horse powered for several yards. WOOT!! 😉

Sail_FLy_Jen swimming w/Manatees in Belize was pretty awesome & the staredown w/ nurse shark to get through hole in reef was exciting

lori1329 Encountered lots of monkeys on my runs at parque in Brasil! Wish had a shot of the sagui who thought I was going to take his apple!

nomadicchick When a kitten followed me back to my beach hut in Ko Chang. I know, you’re all sobbing, kittens make people cry.

redhunttravel: Chinstrap penguins were cool.

Q5. Best zoo in the world? Aquarium?

dogjaunt Monterey Aquarium, for sure. Rented it the night we got married. Still remember my mother patting the rays, dress arm rolled up.

LymarisEstrada Loved the zoo and the aquarium in Sydney. Zoo, for the wombat and the view. The aquarium for the sharks!

whereisyvette Also the Nat’l Zoo is nice in DC- they have pandas, and it’s FREE!

whereisjenny A5 I think the best ZOO in the world, is seeing animals in their natural habitat… the wild.

meggroff: Baby monkey from the Peruvian Amazon, her name is John

Q6. Tell us your best bug story!

grahamelesh Ah, a chance to retell the black widow story. Bit while sleeping, rolled over and killed it. Suck it, spider!

Leavetheiguana Once upon a time there were these freaking killer fire ants. They swarmed me. I screamed. Painful pustules. The End

ZipSetRachel On horse, covered head to two in hunter jumper gear (gloves, helmet, etc) got stung on my neck!

Gadling watched a spider crawl out of my wife’s ear after it had lived in there for a week+.

mobilelawyer: No caption needed.

Q7. Sadly there are many endangered species, which have you seen in the wild?

whereishawkins Black Gay Republicans?

TravelholicA The blue Arara in the Brazilian Pantanal

niltiacI’ve seen polar bears in the wild in Spitsbergen, Norway. Also sea turtles in Australia.

lightstar1013 Depressing, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen an endangered species in the wild, just in zoos. Now I have a sad for Mother Earth.

AryCancun: Endangered species. Sea Turtles…They were born today!!

Q8. Best Safari – where and what lodge?

ieishah Finch Hatton, Kenya. Expensive, so luxe… Perhaps the most romantic.

tranquilotravel one-way safari across Tarangire, Ngorongoro, and Serengeti, then ferry from Mwanza

BootsnAll Kapama Buffalo tented camp in SA. Saw every animal hoped for, often. Great food + guides, lovely tents, not too $$, felt secluded

DEPagliaro My bedroom w/ me wearing leopard-print underwear doesn’t count as a safari. 🙁

clareappleyard: Loved meeting this white rhino and her baby this past weekend

Q9. Animal you most wanted to take home with you?

mobilelawyer I did take some crabs home one night. But wasn’t that excited about it.

globaldish A kodiak bear, a gibbon, a llama, a dog I called “what a mess”, and a seal. We’d live happily ever after

jslipski I very nearly slipped a cute baby sheep into my trunk in Ireland. I figure they’ve more than they know what to do with.

Mikeachim A crocodile. (I’ll admit, I was going through a tough period with my housemates. That’d learn ’em).

dchymko: Baby Sloth sanctuary in Puerto Viejo ( for all that asked)

Q10. Ever meet someone who could be mistaken for a wild animal?

whereisjeannie Yes. Alan Rickman. From behind, his hair was all over the place like a lion’s mane. He’s a big man & intimidating

simcmanus Met a Finnish girl in Dublin, she stripped and swam naked in an very public fountain on 2nd date

Thehostelworker Lots! Mostly at 4am in our party room when dozens of empty beers are laying around and people are sloppily trying to mate. yikes!

IntoxAbroad No, but i did once see a gibbon wearing clothes & walking holding a guys hand. coulve mistaken it for human

mobilelawyer: Anyone else been to the Wellington Sevens Rugby Tourny?

And that’s the week!

Travelers’ Night In, founded and organized by the lovely ladies at ZipSetGo, takes place on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 ET. All are welcome! Follow the #TNI tag to see the questions and conversation!

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14 Responses to “Travelers’ Night In — Animal Encounters!”
  1. Great topic this week, sad I missed it. But
    good to catch the recap…

    Stay adventurous,

  2. Domenic says:

    This week’s #TNI was great… so great that we trended above Justin Bieber!

  3. What a night!! TNI gets better each time.

    Stay adventorous!. Come to Mexico and meet vampires, whale sharks and sea turtles!!!


  4. Red says:

    Great recap….great topic…can’t wait for the next #TNI! Love some of the funny answers given…

  5. Gareth Sear says:

    Love the recap Kate – I will join in one day! Great mix of humour in there, particularly like the crabs comment. Nic pic to finish it off with as well. Just to add my little bit after the event has happened. Dived with a sail fish once in Cook Islands, that was pretty awesome, seen Rhino (probably the only endangered big animal I’ve seen that sounds exotic!) in Chitwan National Park on a foot safari, sadly no Tigers. Best place for a Safari? yet to go on one, but getting some ideas together for one, mountain gorillas are a must. Funniest animal was a parrot with no feathers at a bush camp in Oz. He had a cage with a gas heater in it too keep him warm. Whistled the tune ‘Tequila’ Funniest thing I’ve ever seen. The brown snake in the cooking pot, however, wasn’t.

    Cheers Kate!

  6. Melissa says:

    Hey, was me who put the Whale Shark 🙁 @Mel_Cancun

  7. Melissa says:

    You can use the photo I twitted with the whale shark 😀 if you like

  8. RickGriffin says:

    Thanks for the #TNI recaps Kate!! They’re AWESOME!!

  9. Amanda says:

    Haha, good stuff! I especially like the last question.

    Sad I missed another TNI… but not too sad, considering what I was doing instead (driving to Pittsburgh to see Paul McCartney in concert!)

  10. Andi says:

    Haha, loved it! I’m obsessed with sloths after my trips through the Amazon!!!

  11. Connie says:

    Great questions and amazing animal stories! I’d love to swim with dolphins one day, but only in the wild. Something about going to a water park to swim with dolphins sounds like cheating to me.

  12. Shaun says:

    Coming face to face with a 16 foot Great White Shark. I was in a cage but it was still a I’m going to pee my wetsuit moment lol.

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