Although July 29th may seem like a normal day, it’s actually a day to appreciate the largest of the cat family: the tiger! Here are some cool facts about these fantastic felines:
1. Tigers are crepuscular – they hunt mainly in the morning and evening.
2. A group of tigers is called an ambush or a streak.
3. Tigers cannot purr, so to show happiness, they squint or close their eyes. This is because losing vision lowers their defense, so tigers only purposefully do so when they feel comfortable and safe. Many other cats do this as well.
4. Tigers are great swimmers unlike other species of cats. They enjoy bathing and swimming and go swimming to hunt for food.
5. Tigers have antiseptic saliva, so when they lick their wounds they disinfect them.
6. Stripes on tigers are unique just like fingerprints on humans. No two are the same.
“Humans have enormous power to affect the world any way we choose. Daily, we silence sentience in innumerable animals. However, we also know that we’re not the only sentient creatures with feelings, and with this knowledge comes the enormous responsibility and obligation to treat other beings with respect, appreciation, compassion, and love.”
The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy - and Why They Matter
Do you support SeaWorld keeping orcas in activity? Or do you just support their rehabilitation and re-release of other animals?
This question took a long time to get to me! Followers, prepare yourselves.
In short, yes. I absolutely support SeaWorld keeping their animals. I’ll try to keep this short, but…. we’ll see.
I am in a unique position in that I work in the animal care/aquatic animal care industry, have worked at a few facilities, both large and small, and I’m pretty familiar with inner workings of SeaWorld animal care (less so the marine mammal/orca aspect, but I’ve still got a decent bit of information on that aspect). Out of professional defense, I don’t go into detail on my experiences at facilities (I’ve had employers find my blog before, and I’d rather not give them the impression that I’m indiscreet), but I’m happy to discuss things in private with anyone interested, and will probably tell you specifically where I worked if you ask nicely.
In the effort of being concise, I’ll focus on two major points: my experience with SeaWorld animal welfare, and the importance on having “big-draw” animals in zoos. Anyone who’s chatted with me before knows I have lots of opinions on lots of other topics, like the ethics of shows, the anthropomorphism of animals, and the myth of “the free wild”. Feel free to ask me about these, too, if you’re interested. (Be warned, this is a looooong post after the cut.)