Speaking as a person who, albeit doesn't work with animals of this size, but as a person who does work with "wild" animals in the cage as this individual was doing, all I can say is "Ouch!!!". Working with animals...even fully trained domestic animals, always carries a certain degree of risk...they are after all living creatures with their own moods, feelings and emotions. Over the years I've been bitten a number of times by creatures ranging from foxes and raccoons to horses and an assortment of birds...including one rather large female red & blue macaw named Peaches who took a serious chunk out of the side of my hand once! In fact, last summer I actually got bitten by an American Bison! Certainly my own dogs have chewed on me plenty over the years! LOL!!! Any time you work with animals, be them large or small, you have to have a certain degree of alertness and you certainly have to understand them otherwise the potential is there for serious injury (often for both parties). Very simply, you have to have a very great love of animals to be able to do this kind of work. I'd be willing to bet that the guy in your picture...perhaps after his injuries were treated...was right back in that cage again with the tiger(s).
Although it's really hard to tell by the picture, to me it doesn't look like this was a serious "attack"...the tiger's lip isn't curled/teeth aren't showing, the claws down seem to be out and only one of the ears appears to be back. I wasn't there of course, but to me it looks like the tiger was more annoyed with the guy then anything else or maybe even just playing really rough...were you there to see what preceded this? Let's call it a degree of "professional curiosity" on my part
. Looking at the other pictures you had in that link, it looks like your "Tigers4" is the same cat that pounced on the guy...and to me he/she kind of looks like a little bit of a stinker (LOL!). I love that kind of spirit in an animal.
The one thing I've learned over the years about cats is this; cats are cats. The only real difference between most cats is simply their size. People put up with the idiosyncrasies of your average "house cat" because their size isn't really a threat to most people...although even a modest sized 8 lb tabby certainly can devastate a nice sofa! LOL!!! If you watch a house cat though, often times they exhibit the exact same traits and behaviors as their more sizable counter-parts in the wild...and some cat's can certainly get p*ssed off from time to time. It's also worth mentioning though that many if not most cats regardless of size are also capable of being very affectionate and loving creatures...as long as they're well fed of course...
I remember seeing shows such as the one in your post when I was younger. A local amusement park called Cedar Point used to have a man called "Jungle Larry" who did shows like this with the big cats and I always wanted to be "in the cage" with him/them. I've seen pictures and video footage from time to time like what you have here and ya know what? I'd still love to work with these wonderful cats! LOL!!! Yea...I guess I am a little nuts
Anyways, I'm rambling. From a photo journalistic stand point those first two pics are great shots and some of the other pics you have there are just fab! I love the Jaguar and the African Grey! Good Job!
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