The Friendship Between This Tiger And A Goat Shows How We Have Endangered Our Environment

by
Sameera Ehteram
Here’s a story clearly demonstrating that humans, despite their best intentions, should stop meddling with nature. Some years ago, an abandoned Bengal tiger cub was rescued in India and taken to a sanctuary. He was named Bhangaram and raised there with the intention of releasing him into the wild once fully grown. When the cat was ready to be released, the staff at the sanctuary left a live goat in the tiger’s enclosure as a way of triggering its predatory instincts. What happened next amazed them.

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Here’s a story clearly demonstrating that humans, despite their best intentions, should stop meddling with nature. Some years ago, an abandoned Bengal tiger cub was rescued in India and taken to a sanctuary. He was named Bhangaram and raised there with the intention of releasing him into the wild once fully grown.

When the cat was ready to be released, the staff at the sanctuary left a live goat in the tiger’s enclosure as a way of triggering its predatory instincts.

What happened next amazed them.

To the keepers’ astonishment, the tiger did not kill the animal for two days, despite being hungry. Instead, Bhangaram played with it and even dumped its new friend into an artificial waterhole.

Finally, the goat was shifted out and the tiger was given beef to eat. The big cat was  deemed unfit to be released into the wild.

Even though the people who took the tiger to the sanctuary had the best of intentions, their efforts backfired. When will humans learn to let nature take its course?

It took millions of years for our planet to develop its habitat and the cycle of life, death and interdependence. In order to create a ‘better’ world, humans have caused damage that cannot be easily undone - if at all.

Tigers are on the verge of extinction and the video below shows that every species is essential for our environment.

How Wolves Change Rivers from Sustainable Man on Vimeo.

Keeping endangered animals in ‘safe and controlled environments’ may keep them alive for a few more generations, but it takes away their place in the ecological system as nature intended it to be.

What We Have Done:

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John Muir hits the nail on the head when he says, "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."

What we can do to save our world has been talked about again and again.

Saving energy, respecting the earth and its resources, recycling and using environmental friendly products are not new ideas, but perhaps they need to be implemented before it is too late.

 

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