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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