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(Daily Mail)   The Tiger Temple in Thailand is at one with the world, that is if you're a Buddhist monk and his tiger   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 20
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2013-05-30 12:44:01 PM
Should have saved it for Caturday!
 
2013-05-30 12:48:11 PM
Caption in TFA:

Cuddling up: In this remarkable photograph, an adult tiger and a Buddhist monk embrace in a seemingly mutual display of affection


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I'm fairly certain that if the tiger did not want to be there, he would let the monk know.

They're GRRRREAT!
 
2013-05-30 12:49:12 PM
[Some time in the future]
That tiger didn't go crazy, that tiger went TIGER!

/Chris Rock
 
2013-05-30 12:49:44 PM
That's at Michigan and Trumbull?
 
2013-05-30 12:51:36 PM
The tiger looks sedated. Then again if it's that hot with 90 percent humidity, I think I would be less inclined to be active too..

As a side note, didn't we just have a keeper nommed to death by walking into the tiger cage??
 
2013-05-30 12:52:20 PM
I'm relatively sure the monk doses the lion with a heavy shot of morphine daily just to capture this PR moment.
 
2013-05-30 12:52:42 PM
If their aim is to release them back into the wild why the fark are they getting them acclimated to humans?  Who would think that is a good idea?  You don't want an animal that is being poached to look at a human and think, "Hey, if I cuddle up with that guy over there I will get meat."  You want them to think, "Hey, it is the two legged man-beast.  I better stay the fark away from them because they will kill me."
 
2013-05-30 12:53:33 PM

JohnAnnArbor: That's at Michigan and Trumbull?


Aw. Now I has a sad :(

/Cried like a baby the day it was torn down.
//Unashamed.
///Miss you grandpa.
 
2013-05-30 12:54:35 PM
It's just too hot for the tigers to bother with mauling anyone.
 
2013-05-30 12:59:59 PM

tigerose: The tiger looks sedated. Then again if it's that hot with 90 percent humidity, I think I would be less inclined to be active too..

As a side note, didn't we just have a keeper nommed to death by walking into the tiger cage??


Yep, in England, iirc.

/guess these tigers don't eat vegetarians?
//yes, I know that's not how it works
 
2013-05-30 01:07:33 PM
So Calvin grew up.
That is nice.
 
2013-05-30 01:10:42 PM

tigerose: The tiger looks sedated. Then again if it's that hot with 90 percent humidity, I think I would be less inclined to be active too..

As a side note, didn't we just have a keeper nommed to death by walking into the tiger cage??


According to a friend who used to work with big cats, she said that she never had any real fears being around a well-fed lion or tiger,  it was the leopards that scared her because they'd kill you just for the fun of it, tigers and lions generally don't
 
2013-05-30 01:19:46 PM
Sooner or later one of those Tigers will go Tiger on one of those monks.
 
2013-05-30 01:21:23 PM
What you're seeing is only possible when the person and the tiger are together every day from when the cub is very young.  You can't take a vacation, you'd have to build the relationship again from scratch, no pun intended.  The person that makes that commitment can hang with kitteh, the rest of us can take pics from a discreet distance.

//Slashies? You betcha. Chompies too.
 
2013-05-30 01:41:13 PM
Been there, done that-

whereisyvette.files.wordpress.com

Basically the big question on the Internets is whether the tigers are drugged.  Frankly I'm not sure- you're only allowed to go in the afternoon after lunch when they'd normally be sleeping, and they make you take off all watches and shiny things to minimize tiger attention, stuff like that.  Plus I ran into a few Western volunteers there who had never seen any mistreatment, even the guys who had been there months, and frankly knowing the average Westerner who'd go volunteer with animals if they were mistreated we'd hear about it by now.

Main issue I now have with the place is when I was there (2009) it was still fairly new and they charged all these fees to raise money for a new tiger area to acclimatize them to being released in the wild.  That's clearly not happening, and they're now just a way for the temple to line their pockets.
 
2013-05-30 02:24:31 PM
Any bets on how long before the monk becomes one with the tiger?

Nom nom monk nom good nom
 
2013-05-30 03:11:43 PM
Meanwhile, at the Snake temple in China:
www.empowernetwork.com
 
2013-05-30 03:36:46 PM

catchow: Any bets on how long before the monk becomes one with the tiger?

Nom nom monk nom good nom


My Son, the Tiger is maya, illusion, so all that is necessary is for the monk to pierce the veil of this illusory reality, and the tiger cannot harm him.   And if the tiger DOES maul him?  Well he should have meditated harder, but either way, he's released from the Great Wheel of Being
 
2013-05-30 10:31:58 PM

Andromeda: Main issue I now have with the place is when I was there (2009) it was still fairly new and they charged all these fees to raise money for a new tiger area to acclimatize them to being released in the wild. That's clearly not happening, and they're now just a way for the temple to line their pockets.


As someone who lives in Thailand (getting a kick, yada yada), I have to say that this does not surprise me in the least. Corruption almost seems genetic here. I maybe have become extremely cynical, but any time I hear of someone or some organization here asking for money for a future project, my immediate instinct is that it's a scam.

Have never been to the tiger temple and probably will never go. My main apprehension was the rumors that they do drug the cats, but even if that's not the case, I don't like the idea of these animals being used as a tourist trap.

Granted, zoo tigers probably aren't much better off, but at least they nominally have an educational purpose.
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Tiger at the Dusit Zoo in Bangkok.
 
2013-05-31 03:36:09 PM

Andromeda: Been there, done that-

[whereisyvette.files.wordpress.com image 450x600]

Basically the big question on the Internets is whether the tigers are drugged.  Frankly I'm not sure- you're only allowed to go in the afternoon after lunch when they'd normally be sleeping, and they make you take off all watches and shiny things to minimize tiger attention, stuff like that.  Plus I ran into a few Western volunteers there who had never seen any mistreatment, even the guys who had been there months, and frankly knowing the average Westerner who'd go volunteer with animals if they were mistreated we'd hear about it by now.

Main issue I now have with the place is when I was there (2009) it was still fairly new and they charged all these fees to raise money for a new tiger area to acclimatize them to being released in the wild.  That's clearly not happening, and they're now just a way for the temple to line their pockets.


Cool pic.

Btw, looked at your profile...you don't happen to know an American gal named Alison, at the Atacama Large Millimeter Array by any chance?

Small world, if so...went to undergrad with her.
 
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