Home - by Cardigan - November 27, 2012 - 23:00 America/New_York - 15 Comments
Terrifed Man Wants Picture With Tiger
November 27th, 2012
Never good to be part of the food chain. Couple hours later you could be tiger shit.
Carlos The Jackal
If that wasn’t a really tamed (or drugged) Tiger, running away would have been the worst thing to do.
Who could blame him!! This “Photographer Has His Canon 5D Mark II Kidnapped and Killed by a Lion: http://www.petapixel.com/2012/11/26/photographer-has-his-canon-5d-mark-ii-stolen-and-killed-by-a-lion/
Torey, Ever see that movie Ghosts in the Darkness. Based on a true story. Amazing movie. I had a chance to stand next to a full grown stuffed Bengal Tiger. I’m 6’2. That cats shoulders were even with mine. Very impressive. I ain’t that bad.
November 28th, 2012
Years ago I was at Marine World when it was in Vallejo, CA strolling along the main promenade. At some point I sensed someone walking a bit too close behind me. I glanced over my shoulder and was gobsmacked to see a real, live tiger right behind me. I have no idea how I kept my composure. But I stopped dead in my tracks, turned to face the tiger and I believe I took a step or two backwards. Accompanying this tiger was a young man holding onto a very heavy chain that was attached to the tiger.
He could see my barely contained stress and announced to me not to worry – That the tiger wasn’t a threat because it wasn’t full grown. I kid you not!!! I am literally standing there within 4 feet of a tiger whose face from cheek to cheek was about 2.5 feet wide!!!! I had no idea a tiger’s head was that big. And it wasn’t even full grown yet! The height of that tiger came to the guy’s waistline. You just can’t know how big these animals really are until you are right next to them. And believe me, I have never in my life desired to be that close to a predatory animal.
I told this kid that I thought walking a tiger around a park full of unsuspecting people was highly irresponsible. And a lot of good the heavy chain with him on the other end was going to do if this big cat was ever of the mind to lunge at someone. He laughed me off and said that he regularly walked it thru the park to familiarize it with people.
The whole event was very unsettling to me. Whoever allowed this was insane and asking for an eventual tragedy. Enough tragic incidents have happened with so-called tame tigers since then that proved my instincts were correct in feeling outraged about the management of that park willfully putting me and others at serious risk just so some young stud could look cool walking a tiger amongst unsuspecting park patrons.
Kairn, they only eat weak ass progressives. They can smell the fear.
@Bad Brad – I’ll see if it’s on Netflix. That’s a bit scary. Glad it was stuffed
Torey, Amazing critters. I was in awe. I have had the opportunity to watch mountain Lions behind my house. Impressive. I am a dog person though. I figured I should disclose that.
Torey, By the way. The actual lions that were portrayed in the movie the Ghost and the Darkness, are stuffed and on display at Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Pretty amazing in my book.
If a chimp can eat your face, imagine what a tiger could do.
It’s not wrong to be afraid of a tiger.
Ever see the stuffed tiger at the Smithsonian?
@ Bad Brad
I guess it was my good fortune that even at a young age I was not leaning towards progressivism. I don’t recall that tiger licking his lips when he looked my way.
I was quite upset (inwardly) at being put into such close proximity to an actual tiger against my will, but I had the presence of mind to remain calm. It was certainly an amazingly beautiful beast to observe up close. However, had I had the choice then as now, I would graciously decline an offer to let a real tiger be anywhere near my person. Let alone sit on a bench with one and risk irking it by rubbing its fur the wrong way. I would put money on that particular tiger having been sedated.
As we have noted over the years, a good many of these folks who liken themselves to be tiger/lion/bear/wolf/orca whisperers eventually wind up dead by said beasts. It is tragic, but I rarely have felt sorry for them.
Why? Does this schmuck have a death wish to be eaten by a tiger? Are you sure his name isn’t Calvin?
I worked with baby tigers once. When feeding them I dropped the dish on the ground to keep my hands away. The heavy metal plate had been bitten clean through by the little guys.
They can easily injure you even as cubs.
Beautiful animals, but I have no desire to get up close to a full grown tiger.
I am very content to watch them on TV from the comfort of my recliner, thank you very much….
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