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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Rare White Bengal Tigers should be left alone.

A couple of days ago, a Zoo cleaner working at the Singapore Zoo, Mr. Nordin bin Mondong, 32, decided he had had enough of life and climbed into the Bengal White Tiger enclosure where he was promptly attacked by them, and killed.

Now, some people have been asking why the tigers weren't shot, to save the man. Well, firstly there is the issue of response time: it really didn't take long for the tigers to kill him; secondly, should the tigers be put down because someone wanted to commit suicide? To the latter question, the answer is I really think not. It was not the tigers' fault that Mr. Nordin bin Mondong climbed into their enclosure armed with a brush and a bucket, shouting at them, trying to attract their attention. It is not easy to get into the enclosure and it would have taken a determined (and suicidal) man to do so. This is not an accident. This is not a case of someone being attacked, unbidden, by three tigers - it was an invited attack by someone determined to be so attacked. The tigers should be left unharmed.

Bengal White Tigers are very rare. One tiger in 10,000 carries the mutation necessary to produce a white coat. Given this, it would be tragic indeed if three of the very few white tigers in the world, were put down, because of the actions of this man.

So, if any one is thinking that the tigers should go, they should think again. These three White Tigers are too rare to have their fates affected by the rash act of a suicidal man.

I hope that my thinking matches that of those in authority over the matter. Please ignore those who think the tigers should go. They are too rare and too beautiful to be put down. Thanks.

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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 3:41 PM 


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree.

Even if it was an accident, why should they be killed?

Afterall, they are what they are: tigers from the wild.

Why do we persecute animals like they are humans .... if they kill someone, they must be put in jail or get the life sentence?!

Afterall, MAN, the superior being, has the brains and thus more control over his actions. If man seeks to endanger himself unnecessarily, I don't see why animals are to be blamed.

If we run into their turf, we should play by their rules, not ours.

7:10 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Thank you for your comment.

It does not seem to be an accident, since Nordin bin Mondong had to climb over a fence to get into the enclosure. He then had to cross a moat. He was heard to shout and make a lot of noise to attract them, as he walked towards the tigers. These are not the actions of a man who wants to remain unharmed (had he fallen in accidentally, all he had to do to be safe was to stay in the moat - the tigers won't enter the water, most probably).

It is sad that a man should choose to end his life this way (it must have been very painful, for a start)...but that he did should not mean the end of the lives of the three tigers. They only did what tigers are supposed to do.

Best wishes

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Amused said...

Actually, those tigers can swim. I seen them do it myself at the Singapore Zoo.

While the irresponsible act of this person may have caused them to tend to be more suspicious of human beings, and hence becoming more dangerous, I also agree that they should not be put down.

What an unfortunate turn of event.

11:15 AM  

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