I’m back to ‘Inspiration’ this week. I noticed the photo above on Audrey Carden’s Twitter account. She and I have communicated recently on Facebook and Twitter. I liked it so much I posted it on my Facebook and now I want to share it with you. It inspired me to write this blog. I know the picture shows the animal in chains (but it would likely have been shot in the wild). The animal looks healthy, and presumably loves its owner, and there is a lot of affection and trust shown.
Tigers are one of the most charismatic animals. They have featured prominently in mythology and folklore, and are depicted in films and literature. They also appear on coats of arms, mascots for sporting teams, and countries’ flags.
Today the tiger is an endangered species with only handful roaming the Asian jungles. In the wild, it is a territorial animal. It has only one predator – man. It has been hunted to near extinction for its skin, as trophies, and despite the animal usually avoiding humans, because of its reputation as a man-eater it has been killed. A mobile phone video apparently showing a tiger hunting cattle, has gone viral on the Internet.
Did anyone see the delightful movie, ‘The Brothers’? The film is about two tiger cubs, Kumal and Sanghei, who are separated as cubs and later reunited. Another interesting story I read about tigers involved a bizarre a tale about three animals rescued from a basement of a house in Atlanta, Georgia; a bear, a lion, and a tiger. who are inseparable. They now live in Noah’s Ark, a non-profit animal sanctuary south of the city, I have shown a picture of the three friends on my Facebook timeline.
The bear, Baloo is the leader of the group, which surprised the keeper, who said typically the tiger should be the leader, but it is the bear, possibly because he is the biggest and heaviest animal. Leo is an African lion, the tiger, Sher Khan, is the smallest of the group, and because of his small size is likely to be a Siberian tiger.
I would like to share one of my poems with you. A picture of an ordinary moggy leaping onto a tiger’s back inspired it.
THE TIGER AND THE CAT
The tiger licks his lips,
pauses, tail flicks and flips,
Tiger’s eyes, jewelled bright,
Cat’s eyes glowing in the night.
A cat with guts, with a south paw punch,
taunts the tiger, I’ll have you for lunch,
A cat called Felix, says its in the can,
I’ve got nine lives, so just try it man.
The tiger roared, a sergeant on parade,
See these stripes, punk, be very afraid,
No one crosses my forest floor,
so no catcalls when you’re shown the door.
Catkins tremble, pussywillows weep,
Birds are woken from their sleep,
A catastrophe then ensued,
as feline cousins fought a feud.
The tiger’s eyes saw stars, his stripes stripped.
The cat sat on his back and ripped,
At that fearful symmetry he flayed,
Until for mercy the tiger prayed.
It’s not true the cat sat on the mat,
Well, not my Felix he sits quite flat
on a tatty tiger rug at night,
Dreaming of that glorious fight.
With four paws splayed, eyes burning bright,
Openmouthed, teeth gleaming white,
On the tiger rug Felix rests his hips,
purrfectly contented, purrs, and licks his lips.
I would like to end this article – nothing about tigers – about dragons.
Here is the link to my video on YouTube about my fantasy ‘Fallyn’ trilogy. Please spare a few minutes to watch it. Thank you.