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The Chiang Mai Night Safari has a white tiger with an unusual skill. Find out what it is in a story told in "really easy English." 

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Justin the white tiger and his trainer Siripas Intakanok.. THITI WANNAMONTHA

This was first published in April, 2013


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Tiger dancing

When I first saw this photo from the Chiang Mai Night Safari a few days ago, I didn't what was happening.

Now, from today's Bangkok Post I know that this is Justin, a white tiger, and his trainer Siripas Intakanok.

But what are they doing? Are they boxing, muay Thai style? No, that's not what they are doing?

Are they dancing? Well, Justin is.

Siripas explained that when he was teaching Justin how to 'wai", the tiger often crossed his paws. This reminded Siripas of one of Psy's horse-riding moves in his famous Gangnam style video. So, he decided to teach Justin to move along to the beat of the Gangnam style music.

Now, every time the song blasts out from speakers, Justin gets up and dances, making him a very popular tiger indeed.

Dancer Justin and his friend Maya. THITI WANNAMONTHA

You can see Justin and his friend Maya daily at noon and 6pm at the Chiang Mai Night Safari. Maybe Maya will learn Psy's new dance moves from the just-released video 'Gentleman".

Adapted from a story in today's "Life" section of the Bangkok Post.

trainer – a person who teaches people or animals to perform a particular job or skill well, or to do a particular sport ครูฝึก,  ผู้ฝึก
paws – the foot of an animal that has claws or nails  อุ้งตีน, อุ้งเท้า,
crossed his paws – See photo above in which Justin is crossing his paws
remind – to make someone think of something they have forgotten or might have forgotten เตือนความจำ
beat – rhythm, a regular sound or movement, especially music  จังหวะ
blast out – to make a very loud noise เปิดเสียงดังมากๆ
popular – a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
release – to make something available to the public  ออกวางตลาด, ออกวางจำหน่าย

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