Keeping it classy on the first day of lectures back at Uni.
Tiger vs. Dustbuster. [vid]
Big cats are so like house kittehs in so many ways.
jonas the tiger. died of cancer at the age of 13 (max. lifespan of tigers in the wild: 15). used during the making of ”life of pi”, nearly drowned on stage. kept inside someone’s house regularly, which is not a suitable place for a tiger that age. was allowed to play with the keeper’s dogs, while big cats- even of that age- can kill any smaller animal with just a swipe of their paws, yes even during play (seeing as how tigers are apex predators to begin with).
currently about 5000 tigers are being kept in captivity in the US alone. as private property, and thus as invaluable members of the species that desperately needs great conservation efforts, seeing as how just about 3000 tigers are left in the wild in all of asia.
the mentality that supports this exploitation? ”big cats are so like house kittehs in so many ways”. like of course they’re members of the felidae family. but they are FAR from house cats. they are NOT domesticated. they will NEVER be domesticated. keeping tigers as pets and using them as movie material is cruel on its own. it contributes to the declination of their numbers in the wild, and plus many tigers in people’s backyards are not met with the care they need because the owners thought of them as ”big housecats”.
you get the image. all in all glorifying this situation is gross. stop.