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An exotic animal tour will require a trek across the North Dakota State Fairgrounds.

But it could be the shortest trek between the deep sea and the savanna.

(Felicia Frisco, The Tiger Encounter, Illinois) "Our show is an educational show as well as an entertaining show so we're telling you facts about tigers while demonstrating their habits."

One thing I learned: all five tigers here - including the white one - are Bengal Tigers.

There are four different colors of Bengal Tigers: orange, white, cinnamon and snow white - and any of those color combinations could show up in the same liter.

(Felicia Frisco, The Tiger Encounter, Illinois) "Not only do you need to protect them in the wild but you also need to have them in captivity to preserve them because as far as what's going on with the wild, we can't undo what we've already done, what we've already destroyed. So if we have any hope of reintroducing them in the wild, you need to protect them and keep them in captivity."

That same mission is true at the Sealife Encounters Stingray display.

(Annette Dirks, Sealife Encounters of America, Arizona) "It's a creature that people hear about and some get scared. Some people think they're electric or the moment you touch it you're going to get hurt and they don't realize how they can be a very playful animal that you can encounter in the ocean off a beach and enjoy being in their natural habitat."

The nine stingrays of three different species - that have traveled to North Dakota are a part of a permanent Sea Life display in Nashville.

All of them were born in the Gulf of Mexico, some of them rescues, some of them retired from medical research.

The blue blood of this Horseshoe Crab may one day eliminate Alzheimers.

9100 (Annette Dirks, Sealife Encounters of America, Arizona) "We teach them to eat out of our hand so when you put your hand in the water they'll swim by thinking you have food."

9060 "So close."

9061 "They feel slimy."

9063 "This one is zooming by!"

9102 (Annette Dirks, Sealife Encounters of America, Arizona) "It's almost a little theraputic to watch them swim because they swim so gracefully in the water."

Creatures from opposite ends of the world, here at opposite ends of the fairgrounds.

For Jennifer's Fair Follies at the North Dakota State Fair, I'm Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

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