Scared Monkeys Radio Daily Commentary – Friday, January 4, 2008 – Is Tiger Memorial Inappropriate?

  • Dana questions the propriety of a bronze tiger memorial at the San Francisco Zoo, which was placed on location after a tiger mauled three people to death.

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    7 Responses to “Scared Monkeys Radio Daily Commentary – Friday, January 4, 2008 – Is Tiger Memorial Inappropriate?”

    1. LilPuma on January 4th, 2008 12:22 pm

      I don’t know about a bronze statue, but tigers are very much endangered because of mankind. If there’s going to be a statue, it should be to remind man of what we’ve done to these magnificent animals and their habitats.

      The tiger did what a wild animal does when frightened, threatened, hungry or to defend its young. A tiger does not go out into the woods and sit in a tree or sit on a boat waiting to kill something because it’s fun or sport or macho. Someone made the mistake of letting this tiger out of its enclosure. The tiger did what tigers do. My condolences to the family of these young men. It’s very sad that due to someone’s mistake, one man and one tiger are now dead.

    2. brenda on January 4th, 2008 4:16 pm

      I don’t think it matters. If the zoo wants a memorial for the tiger…let them!

      I’ll tell you what bothers me the most is that the young man who died was trying to save one of the young men who WILL NOT SPEAK UP about the incident. Ummm,,could it be partly due to the shoe-print found on the surrounding enclosure wall to the tiger exhibit…or could their “silence” be due to the sling shots found on their persons at the scene??? (Things that make you go “hmmm”.)

      Again, we have the wonderful Mark Geragos (or however you spell the theif’s name) out there ready to sue for his clients.

      I say the 2 boys were shooting at that tiger with slingshots…it got after them…and the one who died was the innocent party. Does it EVER work the other way around? Not usually.


    3. LilPuma on January 4th, 2008 5:12 pm

      I’ve heard that too. I do think these guys thought it would be cool to mess with this extremely powerful and beautiful animal. What exactly they did, no one is saying. I hope authorities have or get to the bottom of it and if these guys did what is suspected, the zoo should sue them. Whether it’s dog fighting or incidents like this, it tells us something about our society. We’re doing something wrong.

    4. da_wench on January 4th, 2008 8:11 pm

      I heard on the news today that there were no slingshots found that that was just a rumor. Does anyone really know what happened? I agree that the tiger did what tigers do. They are wild animals and I personally have problems with them being kept in cages. I love documentaries about animals where the photographer respects the animal and films from a distance. We learn a lot more about them by watching them in their natural habitat. I just think it is sick to ooh and aww over them in captivity.

      The zoo is at fault here for not protecting the public from a dangerous animal. I don’t know what the boys did but they were apparently drunk and likely taunting the tiger as the reports first indicated. I would not consider that a crime punishable by death, but apparently the tiger did.

    5. LilPuma on January 5th, 2008 9:53 am

      Crime punishable by death? If three young drunks were taunting me, I would feel threatened. If my fear and actions to defend myself resulted in the death of one of them, it would be self-defense. The tiger’s crime was that of not understanding drunken punks who think it’s cool to try to harm an animal. The tiger didn’t know they probably wouldn’t actually be able to harm it. That’s what makes the tiger, in some minds, inferior to these thugs. I repeat that I feel bad for this guy and his family, but from reports thus far, he may have taken actions that resulted in his death. We don’t know who opened the enclosure, but if you google zoo accidents, many people have done some pretty dumb things — like going past a visitor fence and trying to pet a wolf (the wolf grabbed her arm and was shot). Or going into a tank with a killer whale (little was left of him the next day). All of these incidents (and there are more) were the result of someone going somewhere in a zoo where visitors are prohibited from going and doing something visitors should not do. The zoo’s fault? Zoos aren’t responsible for the stupidity that causes people to go where signage, locks and fences clearly state they should not go. The security measures in place are not just to protect the public from animals, but also to keep the public from doing something ridiculously stupid and getting themselves injured or killed. That’s what makes us superior to animals. (That would be sarcasm.) Animals may not build computers and bridges, but they don’t build bombs and guns either. Except for chimps, it’s rare to see violence that isn’t directly related to survival for themselves and their offspring. Interesting that chimps are our closest relatives. Animals are not destroying this planet by deforestation and pollution, pride and greed. That’s was makes them inferior and less important. (Yes, more sarcasm.) I’m getting riled so I’ll end my rant here. Peace.

    6. Nut44x4 on January 5th, 2008 7:48 pm

      The killing of this animal was an ATROCITY!! It sickens me.

    7. Jon on January 6th, 2008 4:20 pm

      We’d probably put up a monument of Brian and the Elephant, so why not one of the tiger? In Australia, did they put a monument of a Sting Ray for the Crocodile Hunter?

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