October 6, 2003
Animal husbandry tips from Life of Pi

pi.jpgMore information continues to be released about Antoine Yates and his 400lb Bengal tiger in Harlem. (For a great round-up of coverage, swing by Gothamist where Jen Chung does all the heavy summarizing.)

The story of a tiger in a tiny New York apartment reminded me of Yann Martel's Man Booker Award winning Life of Pi. Here's a bit of practical tiger advice from Pi Patel, a teenage boy trapped on a life raft with a tiger named Richard Parker:
What you don't realize is that we are a strange and forbidding species to wild animals. We fill them with fear. They avoid us as much as possible. It took centuries to still the fear in some pliable animalsódomestication it's calledóbut most cannot get over their fear, and I doubt they ever will. When wild animals fight us, it is out of sheer desperation. They fight us when they feel they have no other way out out. It's a very last resort.
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