ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Pets and Animals»
  • Animal Care & Safety

Tiger Bites And How To Avoid Them

Updated on December 26, 2013

Avoiding Tiger Bites

With the exception of some disturbed schizophrenic it is highly unlikely that anyone wants to be bitten by a tiger. Not only would such a bite likely to be very serious and accompanied by severe claw action (unless the animal was declawed) but may result in both infection, permanent disablement and even death.

Tigers are wild animals. It may be possible through hand rearing and a degree of imprinting to build up a relationship with some animals. Even then tigers remain wild, they are never tame, never domesticated. Tigers in such a situation are an accident waiting to happen.

The easiest way to avoid Tiger bites is not to have hands on handling of tigers. Tigers should be maintained properly in well maintained and enriched enclosures. They should not be in actual contact with people. Zoos which allow hands on contact with tigers are dysfunctional zoos.

It is never necessary to enter enclosures with tigers or any other large cats. To do so is not clever and simply promotes unsafe working practice. Professional Zoo Keepers in Good Zoos trap animals into the inside enclosures when they go into maintain the outside and vice versa. It is easily accomplished by training, without risk or danger.


It's Common Sense

Common sense should tell you that entering an enclosure with a large Carnivore has an element of risk involved. It matters little whether the animal was mother reared or hand reared because the danger is always there. The only thing that changes is the degree of risk. It is almost inevitable that one day someone is going to be injured or killed.

Tiger Handlers and Trainers

There has always been an element of 'Training' involved within the zoo environment. It is important because it allows for stress free management and care. It is also enriching for the animals. All Zoo Keepers train and all Trainers keep (or should).

Where things have really started to go wrong in the zoo world in recent years is the rise and rise of the titles 'Tiger Handler' and 'Tiger Trainer'. These give the impression to those outside of the industry that handling and training tigers is a normal and necessary activity. It isn't!

There is absolutely no need ever to enter an enclosure with any big cat. If places want to carry out that sort of activity then they need to change their name to 'Circus'. They are giving good zoos a bad name. Entering enclosures with Big Cats has no place in the modern good zoo. The only place for Tiger Handlers is in the Dysfunctional Zoo.....In fact I would go as far as to say that these places ARE Dysfunctional Zoos up until such time they cease this totally unnecessary practice.

Tigers Plaything

This is a Boomer Ball provided as a toy for a tiger. These balls are made of really hard plastic. Check out the damage to the ball. Skin and bone is so much softer.

Zoo Keepers Killed

2013 probably saw more Zoo Keepers killed or injured by Big Cats than in many recent years. Not all were 'Tiger Handlers or Trainers' but some were. All of these were as a result of keeper error. The biggest error of all is entering enclosures with these animals in the first place.

Blame for the Tiger Handler/Trainer accidents rests firmly and solely in the hands of the owners/managers of these collections. It is their responsibility and not anyone else's. All they seem to be bothered about is pulling in extra cash for a totally unnecessary activity.

Zoo's

Check out the following for more views and news on zoos:

The Zoo Hubs

Zoo News Digest

Early Depiction of a Tiger Keeper

The woodcut above is an early depiction of a tiger keeper. One wonders what happened to him.

Tiger Bytes

Submit a Comment

  • Peter Dickinson profile image
    Author

    Peter Dickinson 4 years ago from South East Asia

    Or one of the Irwins staff aviannovice..

  • aviannovice profile image

    Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

    I fully agree with you, Peter. It was also a only a matter of time before Steve Irwin was called by a wild animal, too. They obviously operate solely on instinct. They are not to be blamed for these things if someone risks their lives. As good as I am with wild animals, I would NEVER, repeat NEVER trust a large animal like that. They are instinctively doing what they were created to do--hunt for food, or protect themselves and their family. Sure, I want to go to the African Savannah for photo ops, but with a lens that allows me to keep back far enough.

  • CMHypno profile image

    CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

    Interesting hub. I realised the power of a tiger when I saw them being fed in a zoo in the north of England. The tigers were locked out of their outer enclosure while meat was fixed to high poles and hidden in the rocks and bushes. When the gates were opened the meat was gone from the top of the poles in a matter of seconds and all I saw was a flash of orangey fur and the pole vibrating. Tigers are powerful wild animals and should be treated and respected as such - people who want something to cuddle should get a kitten.

  • Peter Dickinson profile image
    Author

    Peter Dickinson 4 years ago from South East Asia

    A bit closer is good FlourishAnyway. It is nice to be able to hear a tiger and smell it. Both are wonderful and painless. It is where touch comes along that risk comes into play.

  • FlourishAnyway profile image

    FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

    You provide adequate warning to those who seek to go near. I am one who marvels at a distance through a camera lens.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)