“It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.”
— Henry David Thoreau
I was scrolling through the photos on my iPhone recently to see what could be cleaned up (they’re on my desktop & in the cloud, in any case, but it’s just so hard to think about deleting them from the phone) & I was struck by this picture I took of a of newly arrived tiger at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado, this past July. At the time we were there, this particular tiger was still in a smaller enclosure, becoming acclimated to its new environment, before being moved to the large acreage area where it will eventually live.
Yes, there really are still people out there who think that small tiger cubs will somehow grow into manageable pets. And there are still those, less well-intentioned, that open private zoos when they can’t properly care for the animals, that capture wild animals to use to train hunting dogs. We lament dog fighting and greyhound racing, because we think of dogs as pets, but often forget that bears, large cats, wolves are equally in need of protection from their most dangerous predator – us.
“We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.”
William Ralph Inge