Thursday, 24 June 2021

"Hey, What's The Worst That Could Happen?"

A keeper has been mauled to death by a tiger at a predator park in South Africa after the electric fence to its enclosure was turned off for maintenance.

Oh. Yeah. Right... 

The testosterone fuelled tiger then scaled another fence where the power was also off to get at a rival male Siberian tiger called Judah which it killed in a ferocious big-cat fight.

Wouldn't you expect that the power supply to the electric fences would have a very big 'Do NOT turn off under any circumstances' sign on it? 


Lord T said...

Curious as to how the Tiger knew the fence was off. Did it test it every day despite the repeated shocks? Dogs, cats etc. soon learn to keep away from them.

What happened to the power on the other enclosure? It did say power to ITS enclosure was turned off.

Something smells fishy here.

John Tee said...

Anecdotally, some animals know when electric fences are off. Pigs, I have heard, know very quickly. I've seen it suggested that they can hear the difference.

MTG 1 said...

@ John Tee

Interesting to note that some folk credit Pigs with this awareness. Which makes them all the more culpable when they cause fatalities with multiple Taser shocks.

Anonymous said...

Haven't these cretins seen, or read, Jurassic Park? Wild animals belong in the wild, not cooped up behind wire fences, electrified or not, just so some mildly curious touristy morons can go home and brag they've seen these animals. When things go wrong, mainly due to human stupidity, it'll be the animals who get shot and not the noncompliance who caused the problem.
You want to see wild animals? Go into the wild, or watch an Attenborough tv show.

Sgt Albert Hall said...

Siberian tigers belong in Siberia, not in South African zoo enclosures.

JuliaM said...

"Curious as to how the Tiger knew the fence was off."

I suspect, as John Tee points out, sensitive hearing can pick up the lack of power.

"Haven't these cretins seen, or read, Jurassic Park? "

'Even Nedry knew better than to mess with the raptor pens..' 🤣

"Siberian tigers belong in Siberia, not in South African zoo enclosures."

Sadly, with land loss and poaching, they are probably safer here.