The Secret Wisdom of Animals: Tigers Are Not House Pets
Samuel: My name Is Samuel and I run a sanctuary for wild animals that have been dropped off because they are not wanted. I have a tiger named Carl, and he seems to be in pain. He’s become quite lethargic over the past few months, and he’s only four years old. He was severely underweight and malnourished when I got him. I just want to know how he’s feeling and what I can do to help. He was dropped off just as the rest of my tigers, lions, and chimpanzees were, after people realize they get too big and cost too much to feed. But they were cute when they were babies. I take care of them as my own. I love them and make sure they have everything they need. I want to make sure I’m not missing anything.
Carl: Hi, this is Carl here. First off, I want to thank you very much for the organization that you run, taking in unwanted tigers and, unfortunately, lions and other exotic wild animals that people no longer want or can care for. I wish people would realize that wild animals belong in the wild and that there’s a reason why we are in the wild. Food is more plentiful for us there. We tend to eat an enormous amount of meat that goes far beyond most people’s budgets. Although I had a good caregiver, he was unable to feed me as much as I needed. I know he loved me, as I loved him. That is another subject I want to touch on.
It is hard for both of us to let go after we have had so many years, so much laughter, and so much joy together. I had to leave because I got too big, through no fault of my own. I am one of the lucky ones indeed, for he comes to visit me regularly. He brings me treats and spends time with me. I really appreciate seeing him and having him visit. [Smiles big.]