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Posted by Anonymous on June 3, 2013 18:44
"The Tiger Kingdom says none of their tigers are drugged or tranquilised, and that chains and restraints are not used"" I would love to stroke and pet these animals but clearly they are instictively hunting animals and if this was the case it would be the only place in the world to do this. Just last week a lady was killed in the UK at a tiger park. I won't put my money into something like this, in the UK/Australia they are kept behind thick glass windows and the trainers actually sleep with the tigers from when they are small I was told at the Steve Irwin zoo.
Posted by Lost In Translation on June 3, 2013 18:51
Are tigers native to Britain and Australia? It has always seemed to me that, under the right conditions, most wild animals can become tame. (Whether they should be confined or not is another issue.) If you have information to the contrary, please give us the sources. Judging from other tiger places throughout Thailand, tigers are docile when they choose to be.
This not an extension of the Tiger king (queen) (ladyboy) dom on Bangla, San Sabai, and Soi Sai Kor between San Sabai and Jungceylon?
Posted by juswunderin on June 3, 2013 18:57
Entrance fee, farang 1000b thai 100b ????
Posted by Simon on June 3, 2013 19:11
Have you dome any research, Simon, or are you just making an ill-informed guess of the kind that intelligent readers never make? i am beginning to understand why Sweden has problems.
There was an interesting experiment undertaken by (I think) Soviet scientists long time ago. They wanted to raise a wolf cub among dog puppies in a normal human family environment to see if behavior and genetics could be overcome by environmental factors.
Posted by ThaiMike on June 3, 2013 20:05
In that regard, some humans are always going to be killers. Why it should be ''breeding'' in animals and by choice in humans shows the real dangers.
@Anonymous - my thoughts exactly.
Posted by G Horne on June 3, 2013 20:13
I surprised that, that idea of such a "Tiger Park" in Phuket, did not come from the BIG Sri Racha Tiger Zoo near Pattaya.
Posted by Alfred on June 3, 2013 21:04
We wouldn't speculate about prices but there are certainly different entry costs at various entertainment venues on Phuket, and at the Phuket Zoo. One of these days, when privacy becomes a thing of the past, people will each quite fairly pay what they can afford.
My family & I have visited Tiger Kingdom in C.Mai many times over the years & it has never lost its attraction.
Posted by Logic on June 3, 2013 22:22
A wild carnivore can not be tamed, they can act tame, they cant even tame a chimp properly. Tiger Kingdom in CM has a lot of bad reviews if you google them. I for one will not visit zoos or anything like them.
Posted by Tim on June 3, 2013 23:51
There is no way you can be safe with any tiger unless they have been doped up. yes some zoo keepers have a relationship with a tiger but only because they have formed a bond with that animal since its birth, but even then it could still attack. If these tigers were not under any sedation you can not trust these animals, i work at london zoo in regents park so i know how dangerous these animals are,only 2 weeks ago 2 tigers attacked sarah mcClay at a park in cumbria north of england no one knows why she went into there enclosure but they instinctively attacked her, you should not be any where near these animals there wild animals not pets....
Posted by Darren walker on June 4, 2013 02:27
Most of the animals mentioned in Chiang Mai appear to be young. Perhaps the real danger comes when the tigers mature.
Phuket is becoming more like a Victorian circus with every new business venture...what next? swimming with dolphins? Jesus wept. Why does this island have to keep going backwards?
Posted by ElCapitan on June 4, 2013 07:30
Ed, history is proof, how many animal workers have been killed by tigers. It is not the tiger's fault. These are natural killers, not on an individual level that is what they do in the wild and over millions of years therefore it is in their DNA literally like a domestic cat that is well fed will always chase and attack a mouse if he/she sees one. I am a staunch animal lover so my views are always on the animal's side. How content can a tiger be when it has little to stimulate it like in the wild when it is hiding, stalking and trying to catch it's food. In addition when the males are looking to mate I would think they are very aggressive if someone goes near to the female cat he has claimed.
Posted by Lost In Translation on June 4, 2013 10:57
Going into a cage with a docile adolescent tiger probably is far less risky than riding a motorcycle on Phuket, judging from the number of deaths and injuries. As previously noted, the tigers' more fearsome instincts arrive with adulthood. These are juveniles. Whether you love animals or not has no bearing on logic.
Ed, my point is that this is not for the welfare of the tigers merely to make money for the owners. If the animals are juvenile please specify in your article. Are you telling me that juvenile tigers don't deserve to be happy and free. That is my point, safety is another issue.
Posted by Lost In Translation on June 4, 2013 11:47
Oh, so that's your point. Thank you, finally, for making it.
@ed, was trying to be ironic, obviously it didn't work.......
Posted by Simon on June 4, 2013 13:34
Nah, not in text. Sorry.
These tigers are accustomed to humans from the age of 2 weeks, 4 weeks before receiving their final vaccines, some tigers die due to diseases transmitted from the tourists to the cubs. They are trained through constant contact with people until they are around 3 or 4 months of age. Negative punishment is also used constantly. If it moves, it gets hit with bamboo, if it snarls, bites, plays - all are reasons to strike with the bamboo sticks. Keepers are not allowed to enter the enclosures without sticks, and are only allowed to progress to larger tigers when they have demonstrated a satisfactory amount of aggression towards the tigers.
Posted by DeeDee on June 4, 2013 21:22
Cats are cats! The average 'tabby' will take a swipe when it's bored with being petted. Just imagine what's going to happen when one of these is having a bad day.
Posted by agogohome on June 9, 2013 10:23
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