Animals, especially wild animals, are fascinating to humans. Safaris, bushwalks, and whale watching are just a few of the extreme measures people will go to in their desire to see, be near and, unfortunately, kill animals living in the wild. But sadly, not everyone treats these magnificent creatures with the respect they deserve and (sometimes) demand. One misstep or foolish decision made by an admiring human, and the animals can be extremely dangerous and almost impossible to stop. These photos show the moment the balance of power turned … and humans became the prey.
- Invitation to Disaster
A visitor to a New Delhi zoo in India learned the hard way that rare white tigers really are one of the most dangerous animals on earth. After scaling the walls of the tiger’s cage, this man was warned by zookeepers again and again that he must get down. The fall could kill him, they warned, and if it didn’t, the tiger most certainly would. But, for whatever reason, he didn’t listen and eventually, fell into the enclosure below.
As soon as the man was in the enclosure, the white tiger approached him menacingly and cornered him against a wall for more than 15 minutes while other visitors and authorities worked frantically to get the animal to move away. Sadly but predictably, the tiger finally attacked the man and dragged him – by his neck – away, out of sight of the public, and eventually killed him.
- Alternative Pets
Most of us wouldn’t choose a goat as a pet. They seem far more appropriate to the barnyard …and most of us don’t have barnyards. But this adventurous pet owner must have thought a goat would be a cute pet to have around the house, and he probably was when he was a little goat. But even goats grow up and, as you can see in this image, it started to act more like a goat than, say, a dog or cat.
Goats can certainly be pets, no doubt about it. But maybe everyone would be happier and healthier if they lived outside. After all, they are fully capable of damaging your home and everything in it, including you! Goats, especially male goats, are aggressive and territorial and don’t respond to the usual voice commands that more traditional pets can easily learn. They are the boss. End of story.