7. Parents Were A Bit Cautious
Although Tippi's parents didn't intervene a lot when she was out playing with animals, they became a bit extra careful after one incident. Tippi had befriended a lion cub named Mufasa. So, a year after their first meeting, they all went to see Mufasa.
The lion cub who was all grown up now and it gave Tippi a friendly rub and its tail almost knocked little Tippi. So, her parents stepped in to keep the animal away from her.
8. No Regret
Tippi's parents have no regret over their decision for a different upbringing of their child. In fact, they feel happy and proud of it.
Sylvia said, “For me it was incredible to think you offer all of this to a child, because I was at ease, because I liked it and because we had lived with the Meerkats in the Kalahari desert for six years before Tippi was born, I believed it was fantastic to have that to offer to a child compared to what I would be able to offer to a child living in a city for example.”
9. Having a Best Friend
When Tippi was only one and a half years old, she met Abu the elephant and they instantly connected with each other.
Tippi's mother describes how her daughter was drawn to the elephant and she wasn't afraid of its size. Abu became the best friend of Tippi as she would spend hours speaking to him. The bond between them was incredible.
10. A Close Bond with a Leopard
Tippi was not just best friends with Abu, she also was quite close to a leopard named J&B. She told The Telegraph about how the leopard's mother died in a trap and it was adopted by a local farmer.
Whenever the wild animal was around Tippi, it remained calm. She recalls the moment when the leopard attacked another child and she went to the animal and told it to stop. The leopard quickly ran away.
11. The Ability to Talk with Animals
It was clear from a young age that Tippi was an animal whisperer. She had a gift that she was able to connect with animals on different levels.
Her mother explained, “Tippi always said that everybody was gifted and this was her gift.” Tippi's gift was to communicate with animals and that's why they trusted her.
12. Lover of All Kinds of Animals
Tippi didn't just love mammals or fluffy animals, but she also loved slimy and small ones. While most little girls would scream and freak out at the possibility of touching a tiny frog, Tippi would hug Bullfrogs.
Here, her parents caught a beautiful moment between a large African Bullfrog and their fearless and loving daughter.