This is an altered form of the blog that appeared in 2014.
I noticed the photo above on Audrey Carden’s Twitter account. She and I had communicated on Facebook and Twitter. I liked the photo 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 probably it would have been shot in the wild). The animal looks healthy, and presumably loves his 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 a 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, pussy willows 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,
Open mouthed, teeth gleaming white,
On the tiger rug, Felix rests his hips,
purrfectly contented, purrs, and licks his lips.
I’ve added another poem to this amended blog.
Tiger, Tiger. burning bright,
Underneath the circus light,
Raising paw and curling lip,
On command from cracking whip.
Lion paces in his cage,
Pride now lost, he does not rage.
Mangy mane, and dim his eye.
This once proud King waits to die.
Elephant performs her trick.
Remembering that cruel stick.
They beat her until she bled,
made to balance on her head.
Dogs jumping through burning rings.
Oh so clever, the crowd sings.
Do not see the burning paw,
the singed fur and pain so raw.
Horses, circle round and round
pounding sawdust on the ground.
Made to pirouette and prance.
No hills, nor grass where they dance.
Electric prods, whips are used.
Wild animals are abused.
Zebras, snakes, a kangaroo,
crocodiles, to name a few.
Applaud acrobats and clown,
not animals cowed and down.
Do not visit The Big Top,
this cruelty has to stop.
This amended blog was inspired because I’m following T Ibara Photos. There are fantastic photos of tigers on the blog, as well as other beautiful photographs. The blog is well worth a visit, here is the link http://tibaraphoto.wordpress.com/
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