Born to be Wild
According to Tippi’s mother, Sylvia, Tippi had very strong instincts about animals. Even at such a young age, she would not shy away from animals that were ten times her size. Sylvia recalls Tippi pointing to elephants and other wild animals and worrying about their well being. She also had a connection with most of the animals that she would interact with, even as a toddler. When she was a little older, she held no fear of the animals around her. She would be able to integrate herself into the lives of these wild animals. She truly believed these animals were her friends, even the wild and ferocious predators.
A Unique Understanding
Tippi was always friendly with the animals but she had a unique understanding of the differences between humans and other animals. Even as a child she was taught about the many different dangers in the place she called home. And while this information would normally frighten most children, Tippi just took it all in stride while still being confident and comfortable approaching these wild animals. While there definitely was a carefree attitude regarding her “friends”, that does not mean that Tippi and her parents were careless about her company.