Welcome to the Las Vegas Tiger Spectacle! These tigers will do spectacular tricks. On your hind legs, Gertie. Now walk! Thank you! Thank you! You’re a great audience.
Lie on your back, Kamala. See! She likes her belly rubbed!
Open wide your mouth, Kayden. I wouldn’t try this at home! I can put my head into his open jaws. You have to trust a big cat before they trust you. I have lived with these three tigers since they were cubs. That’s a good eight years. They’re not going to hurt me. I trust them and they
In his dream he was a man-eater, hungry and dying. He was a tiger in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Already he had killed and eaten fourteen humans. Now he was ready for another. But he was sick. He had drunk salty water and this had made him violent and unpredictable.
He went on an all-day killing spree. He gave no care for his safety. He slaughtered fourteen children coming home from school. Eight adults were dead. He would eat one, he didn’t care which, for his meal. Humans were cruel animals. He could be crueller.
Life was hard. In the beginning he had hunted with his mother. She was a master man-eater. Then she was shot by humans coming from the village. Her son took on a life of revenge. It wasn’t simply food; it was a game. It was an all-consuming desire. Humans hunted animals for pleasure. Why couldn’t he hunt humans for the same gratification?
He stirred in his afternoon snooze. It was so boring being gawked at every day through metal bars by countless humans at the zoo.
Even in the jungles of darkest Africa, the wild creatures wondered how to celebrate most appropriately the 1300th story on this blog.
“Why don’t we,” suggested the pretty hyena, “celebrate with a dance?”
“A dance is a good idea,” added the elusive tiger, “but why not combine it with a feast?”
“A feast it is!” declared the imperial lion. “We shall celebrate the 1300th story on this blog with a massive feast.”
All the animals of the African jungle did just that. They attacked en masse the people of an entire village. There was plenty for all, although not a scrap left. And there was blood all over the place! What a feast! What a celebration! Congratulations!