Is it right to tease the tigers?

Rathnashikamani By Rathnashikamani, 20th Aug 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/pvc2lxx_/
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Most of the people fear of tigers. It's natural.
But if you can play with a tiger which is not going to harm you. Will you play with it?

And there is a difference between 'playing' and 'teasing'.

Playing with tigers

When I saw a tiger in a zoo, I felt the feeling of fear though it was confined within a strong fence.

Looking at the tiger very closely made me curious to know what it was thinking about me being face to face.

I knew I was on safer side as the tiger was on the other side of the fence.

What I could do was just observe the tiger and its silence. It was alone and there was no other tiger even for a silent gesture.

I compared the size of my body to its body and I could assess its massive structure and heaviness with which it could easily annihilate poor creatures of my body-weight.

But I never had such feelings when I once stood in front of a huge elephant, without any fence of separation between us.

Somehow, the tiger brings some sort of fear within me, may be because I knew it is a predator that kills animals as well as humans.

Playing or Teasing!

I heard of people who can groom tigers and breed them as pets. May be they don't have fear within them or may be they hide their fear and dare live with the tigers.

People who train the tigers in a circus may not fear because they are equipped with certain whips they use for punishing those beasts.

But, how about the people who visit the zoo in Thailand and play with the tigers by teasing them!

Watch this video:

I wonder what those people are really doing? Are they playing with the tigers, or are they just teasing them?

Does it look nice to see the tigers being teased?

If only the tigers could jump over those people and strike them!

How so many people become so playful with the tigers? The tigers seem to have forgotten their wild nature. But I don't think they have forgotten their beastly nature.

Probably they're not really hungry, so they're rather enjoying the play of the people.

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Acknowledgements and other pages

Image Credits:

Playing with the ball: By Free For Commercial Use (Playing with the ball 3) , via Wikimedia Commons

Playing white tiger: By Корзун Андрей (Kor!An) (Own work) , via Wikimedia Commons



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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
20th Aug 2013 (#)

Somehow you can domesticate this felines, still they can get a little irrational and then you're lunch. Is like wolves you can raising as babies and they can became very loyal- Will tigers be the same, especially the Bengal one?

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
21st Aug 2013 (#)

Wild animals should be left alone, in my opinion. However, I agree that more species might be extinct if zoos and refuges did not protect animals from hunters in the wild. I do not attend the circus, because I don't feel it is very good for the animals. Good article.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
21st Aug 2013 (#)

It would seem the tigers are enjoying themselves , but at least they are not being savagely killed for their beautiful coats ... so for that I am grateful.
Bless you Rath...
Stella

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author avatar Delicia Powers
21st Aug 2013 (#)

the zoo can never truly be home for wildlife...there must be a great longing some where inside these beautiful creatures...

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author avatar Trillionaire
23rd Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks!!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
24th Aug 2013 (#)

I agree with Delicia...such a shame to imprison wild animals taking from them their freedom...thank you for an impressive writ....

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author avatar Mariah
19th Sep 2013 (#)

Wow..seems a bit dangerous for people to be doing this, although the tigers appear to be like playful puppies 'they are still tigers'.
It's not where these animals should be, they are wildlife and should be free in their natural habitat.
Really interesting article
Rath. Thank you
Mariah.

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author avatar joyalariwo
21st Oct 2013 (#)

What are they called WILD ANIMALS, i love nature but captive breeding then taming isnt right or natural xcept 4conservation purposes. Anyone who uses these animals cruelly should never 4get that the jungle is their home they will never 4get cos its in their blood and if they have to draw blood to remember then so be it!

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