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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Lady and the Tiger

One of the big news stories this week that does NOT involve the presidential race has been the tragic and fatal mauling of a woman at a safari park in China.  The tragedy involved two women who left their car in a drive thru safari... only for a moment, but that's all it took.  One of the women was seized from behind by a tiger, the other was killed while she tried to rescue her.

Because it's 2016, the incident was caught on film.  I've opted not to show it here out of respect for the woman's family, but if you're feeling morbid (and I'll understand if you are), I promise, you won't have any trouble finding it online.

Safari parks as a whole make me nervous.  Obviously incidents like this can occur, especially when large carnivores are involved.  Mostly, it makes me nervous having people given the opportunity to interact with wild, often potentially dangerous animals with no supervision.  Animals can be hit by cars by careless drivers, they can be harmed by malicious guests, they can be fed inappropriate diets, the list goes on.  Sure, you could say the same about visitors interacting with animals in the wild.

That's fair.  The wild, as a whole, makes me nervous too.

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