"Back in my day, we used to walk 5 miles to school in sub-zero temperatures without batting an eyelid. Not like you spoiled little brats these days!" We all have an older relative who says things like this about raising kids. They are despairing the coddled youth with their smartphones, crappy music, and parents that seemingly can't say no to their every demand.

And you know what? They might actually have a point on the parenting styles of today. Although the world might seem like a more dangerous place now with higher safety standards required, kids of previous generations had to make their own entertainment. They had to learn to look after themselves from a younger age and take far more risks while doing so. Parents didn't have things like Mumsnet to help them with parenting tips, alternatively, guilt and stress them out for letting kids go out of the safe environments and learn from their own mistakes.

To celebrate the eccentric approaches of old-school parenting and child safety, we here at Bored Panda have put together a list of parents and their kids doing things that would horrify the mommy and daddy bloggers and Instagrammers of today. What's your opinion on the evolution of parenting over the years? Scroll down below to check out the vintage photos for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

Me Back In 1991 Just Your Typical Aussie Kid Drinking Xxxxlight Beer(I Wasn't Aloud Heavies Back Then) And Holding A Baby Crocodile

Me Back In 1991 Just Your Typical Aussie Kid Drinking Xxxxlight Beer(I Wasn't Aloud Heavies Back Then) And Holding A Baby Crocodile

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Raven Collins
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1 year ago

Australian levels check out ✔💯

Withnail
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1 year ago

Fair dinkum, that ankle biter's been to the bottle-o for a coldie.

Lara McIntyre
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1 year ago

And a crocy

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Slinkman
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1 year ago (edited)

Stereotype Aussie all-in-one starterpack

jknbt jknbt
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1 year ago

this could easily be in southern Louisiana today...

Jeff McClain
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1 year ago

Right?! The caption could easily read, "pic taken in SE coastal North Carolina, yesterday. 😂

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Hańka
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1 year ago

Poor crocodile :(

OI Loi
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1 year ago

Yes, hope he didn't hurt it in any way. Still, it's a pretty funny and cool photo!

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Marysue Watches
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1 year ago

Allowed, allowed, it's spelled allowed for pity sake!! -cries teacher's tears-

kawms
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1 year ago

Excuse me, that should be pity's sake, ma'am.

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Petra Christovová
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1 year ago

He should definitely do an "adult" version - Drinking beer with only hat and blanket while holding grown-up crocodile.

Mary Rose Kent
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1 year ago

Would he still wear the nappy?

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Ed Souza
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1 year ago

Hold my beer...

Alusair Alustriel
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1 year ago

And holding a baby crocodile.. casual stuff XD

debrina blackmoon
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1 year ago

like a boss(ie)

zoepalooza
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1 year ago

that is so awesome.

Marcena Cashman
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1 year ago

Aussie as fuck!

Jean van der Merwe
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1 year ago

I want a giant wall poster of this for those days you really want to say you don’t give a ......, but decency and duty prevent you from saying it out loud!

We Were On A Break!
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1 year ago

What tha F?!?

Linda Robinett
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1 year ago

My dad would allow sips of his beer. I love the chugging in this photo. As for the crocodile, I think you could get baby crocs in the USA but I never had one. We had the turtles that give people salmonella instead.

Lisa Burgess
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1 year ago

Yeah thats pretty much right XD

Momo Skarsgård
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1 year ago

That reminds me of my childhood in the island.

Johnny Frostbite
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1 year ago

Poor croc

Gracie Mae
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1 year ago

it was almost sacrilegious if you DIDN'T have a pic of your child chugging beer (hopefully is was an empty can!). only have one like this of my oldest, born in the early 80s. maybe i matured a lot before the next one...lol

Tiny Dynamine
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1 year ago

Allowed*

Anders Andersson
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1 year ago

Jesus, that´s one hellofashot

NWB
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1 year ago

So Australian !!! love it!!!

Lululoohoo
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1 year ago

Baby Savage

KarmaQueen
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1 year ago

starting early

Sasy
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1 year ago

18 months old on a flight to the UK I apparently kept stealing beer from other passengers and drinking it. I hate beer, but it's a cheeky story.

Theresa Binkley
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1 year ago

Eh at least you were cloth diapered 👌🏻

Teodora Aleksandrova
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1 year ago

I love it!

Concepcion Nuño
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1 year ago

Oh beer....wait alligator

Andreas Wærholm
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1 year ago

Aloud?

marnidarr
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1 year ago

Da-yum! Poor crocodile.

kokalols
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1 year ago

Baby crocodile Dundee

Annette Daguanno
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1 year ago

Love it 🥰

Anna Kelly Grant
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1 year ago

Fab pic 😂

Anna Kelly Grant
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1 year ago

Fab 😂

Shannon Oliver
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1 year ago

I took one like this of my son at age 1.5.was empty bud bottle lol.

Sandy J Renfroe
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1 year ago

Just look at those abs!

Curious Cat
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1 year ago

action jackson

Curious Cat
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1 year ago

hahah love it

Ruth Villafuerte
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1 year ago

badass

MJ Sollinger
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1 year ago

And rocking a cloth diaper!

Barry Allen The Flash
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1 year ago

Austrailia: 1000000000000000000000000000

Shull GaRett
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1 year ago

This could be lil Steve Irvin!

Lisa Chambers
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1 year ago

Love!

Bonny Saxon
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1 year ago

That's my brother's dream childhood right there...

Russian Otaku
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1 year ago

Shame the mother was not nearby to protect her child... the crocodile obviously cuz fuck the baby

bobbifein55
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1 year ago

Crikey! That’s priceless!

Armando Garcia
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1 year ago

And he has the hat to the side... and homemade diaper

Michelle Viala
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1 year ago

Lol

Albrecht Von Heyden-Linden
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1 year ago

loving it

Deanna Henderson
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1 year ago

What were they thinking

Kelly
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1 year ago

Aloud?

Mark À Irvine
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1 year ago

This is one awesome photograph!! The Aussies make baby MEN!!!

Lu
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1 year ago

Explains a lot doesn't it?

Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

Whaaaat!

Valerie Lessard
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1 year ago

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yay feeding a toddler alcohol, so funny! he he ha ha

Joseph Georgiadis
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1 year ago

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It was not ok for kids in 1991, especially that young, to drink. That is in the civilized world, I guess. Young age beer drinking results are obvious in spelling (aloud instead of allowed).

Frozengeckolover
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1 year ago

Oh, my! Do I have some startling news for some of you! I'm going to guess that you mean America when you refer to "the civilized world". That's what Americans like to call themselves, right? Well... 30 states in the United States legally allow underage drinking when the alcohol is purchased by the parent, given to the child by the parent and consumed in the presence of the parent. Most of the states which allow this, do not specify an age limit. This law also applies to alcohol purchased in a restaurant. I could legally buy my 5yo a beer at a steak house - as long as I sit with him while he drinks it. Would it be frowned upon? YES. But it would be legal. 'Murica! Lol!

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#2

My Mother And Grandmother Demonstrating Safety Standards In The 1960s

My Mother And Grandmother Demonstrating Safety Standards In The 1960s

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Biljana Malesevic
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1 year ago

This makes me uncomfortable.

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#3

If Your Mum Didn't Lay On The Ground Making Herself Into A Ramp For Your New BMX, Did She Even Love You? 1980's

If Your Mum Didn't Lay On The Ground Making Herself Into A Ramp For Your New BMX, Did She Even Love You? 1980's

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Slinkman
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1 year ago

That's one strong mom

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#4

California Marijuana Initiative Rally 1972. That’s Me In The Box And My Parents In The Picture

California Marijuana Initiative Rally 1972. That’s Me In The Box And My Parents In The Picture

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Withnail
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1 year ago

Groovy baby!

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#5

My Dad And His Veterinarian Mother, With Their Pet Lion Which They Raised For Two Years, 1959

My Dad And His Veterinarian Mother, With Their Pet Lion Which They Raised For Two Years, 1959

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Aramis
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1 year ago

your mum is cooler then i will ever be also cute lion

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#6

Princess Yvonne And Prince Alexander In Germany, 1955

Princess Yvonne And Prince Alexander In Germany, 1955

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tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

If I was in Germany in 1955 I'd need a drink and a cigarette too.

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#7

A Couple Ice Skating With Their Baby, 1937

A Couple Ice Skating With Their Baby, 1937

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Slinkman
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1 year ago

So many possibilities how this can go horrificly wrong..

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#8

Infant Me, My Mother & Father At A Bar Because That's How Parents Rolled In The Early '80s

Infant Me, My Mother & Father At A Bar Because That's How Parents Rolled In The Early '80s

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Aaron W
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1 year ago

I hung in bars too when I was little. Then they wouldn't let me back in until I was 20 - I must have been a rough toddler.

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#9

The Pinnacle Of Parenting: 1930s Swimming Lesson

The Pinnacle Of Parenting: 1930s Swimming Lesson

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Bobby's Girl
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1 year ago

My father threw me into Tampa Bay. I was about 3 years old. I learned to swim in a hurry, because there were scary things swimming around in that water! Google "Horseshoe Crab" and you'll understand.

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#10

Car Seat Safety In 1958. Not Strapped In To Anything, These Seats Relied On The Mother To Put Her Arm Out And Stop The Baby From Falling Forward

Car Seat Safety In 1958. Not Strapped In To Anything, These Seats Relied On The Mother To Put Her Arm Out And Stop The Baby From Falling Forward

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Aaron W
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1 year ago

Before physics was invented.

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#11

My Hilarious Father (With The Magazine) And My Grandfather, Grandmother, And Uncle At His Bar Mitzvah In 1972

My Hilarious Father (With The Magazine) And My Grandfather, Grandmother, And Uncle At His Bar Mitzvah In 1972

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Hans
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1 year ago

Grandpa is not impressed, he has seen it all.

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#12

My Mother-In-Law Riding A Bear At 2 Years Old

My Mother-In-Law Riding A Bear At 2 Years Old

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AloofFox
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1 year ago

*internal screaming*

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#13

Harley With A Baby Seat, 1962

Harley With A Baby Seat, 1962

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Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

Safety first! Remember to properly attach the baby seat with the convenient succion cups to the gas tank before putting your baby in it.

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#14

A Photo Of Me Dressed Up As My Dad, With My Dad (1982)

A Photo Of Me Dressed Up As My Dad, With My Dad (1982)

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Hans
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1 year ago

Bubblegum cigarettes still were a thing in the 80s. :)

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#15

My Dad Showing Off His Parenting Skills 1985

My Dad Showing Off His Parenting Skills 1985

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karen snyder
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1 year ago

And his Awesome fashion choices. Cut off tummy top, micro running shorts and Sears Roebuck velcro kicks was my go to in '85 too! but he tops it off with that cherry Tom Selleck stash. Your dad is a legend.

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#16

My Mom In The Hospital After Giving Birth To My Sister. Canada 1978. Smokes And Roasted Chicken

My Mom In The Hospital After Giving Birth To My Sister. Canada 1978. Smokes And Roasted Chicken

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Shelp
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1 year ago

Excuse my ignorance, but ... What is wrong with chicken?

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#17

Back In The Day. 1950s To Be Exact. Checkout That Car Seat

Back In The Day. 1950s To Be Exact. Checkout That Car Seat

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Adele Maestranzi
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1 year ago

We had one when we were kids. There was the button in the middle for the horn.

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#18

My Mom Showing Off Her Parenting Skills 1978

My Mom Showing Off Her Parenting Skills 1978

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

what no cigarette? well she tried..

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#19

Me, 1958, Relaxing After My Bath With Toby, I Was Never Again This Cool

Me, 1958, Relaxing After My Bath With Toby, I Was Never Again This Cool

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Diver Driver
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1 year ago

Ha cigar is backwards!

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#20

13 Y/O Dad Having A Taste While The Grownups Are Busy Playing Cards; Upstate New York, August 1954

13 Y/O Dad Having A Taste While The Grownups Are Busy Playing Cards; Upstate New York, August 1954

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
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1 year ago

Meh, we did this all the time when I was a kid and I turned out just fi– wait...

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#21

My Father And His Pet Lion Priscilla, California 1970's

My Father And His Pet Lion Priscilla, California 1970's

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

Poor lion : (

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#22

My Adorable (4 Year Old) Mother At A Zoo In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 1970

My Adorable (4 Year Old) Mother At A Zoo In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 1970

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Armando Garcia
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1 year ago

I'm scared for that bear, it's gonna fall.

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#23

Just A Photo Of Yours Truly (At 11 Years) Petting A Full Grown Tiger. My Mom Calls It Her "Bad Parenting Moment"

Just A Photo Of Yours Truly (At 11 Years) Petting A Full Grown Tiger. My Mom Calls It Her "Bad Parenting Moment"

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Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

From the infamous Thai temple tiger farm. https://www.traffic.org/news/thai-seizure-of-a-dozen-captive-tigers-resurrects-farming-threat/

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