I can’t say much more out of confidentiality rules however, it is still unknown how the tigers got loose. I feel sorry for the victims but also the poor animal. The officers had to shoot one and kill it after it attacked another person. It was probably scared and just reacting to its natural instincts. Frak, they are predatory animals after all.
I love zoos but it gives me pause to wonder if caging wild animals is such a good idea. Most zoos tend to hold animals in tight quarters. And while they do make a very good effort of maintaining animals physical and mental health, it is not the same as being loose in the wild. Animals like tigers need room to range and exercise their skills. In this latest caper, I’m sure it had more to do with the animal being scared and threatened than anything else. I’m guessing of course. I can’t shake the feeling that we hold some responsibility though. We take these animals, who were never meant to be tamed, and introduce them to an environment of confinement and denial of their basic instincts.
It is worth mentioning this particular tiger was the very same tiger from last year this time that attacked a trainer. Some would say maybe the animal deserved it. I’m not so sure.
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