[I haven't read any other blogs on this topic at the time I'm drafting this rant. If any of my blogger friends, has a different opinion, I respectfully disagree. I know that we both have enough tolerance to allow each other that room. Also, although I'm drafting this on Thursday...my ISP is being contrary, so I may not get it posted until Friday. Sorry for the delayed gratification.]
I expect to read many mis-statements on blogs, as well as in the MSM, in the coming days about the reasons those IDIOT Brothers in San Francisco were trying to climb into the tiger, Tatiana's enclosure. I expect mis-statements from MSM sources. They are pandering to the masses for ratings. Those whores will keep their reports politically correct, laden with pathos, and plucking at the heartstrings of susceptible family members everywhere.
I expect better from bloggers. We are independent. We have no sponsors to whom we must answer. We're not accountable to a Board of Directors should our readership “numbers” fall or we receive a few outraged comments because we hold foolish individuals responsible for ill-advised behavior.
That's exactly what these brothers were: Foolish. They were most definitely not tragic and they certainly weren't MACHO! The Dearly Beloved will go into a much more detailed description of machismo, so I'll merely paraphrase the late, truly great Col. Jeff Cooper by saying that true machismo “is not hairy-chested-ball-scratching,” or words to that effect.
It takes a very special kind of hubris to think that you will escape unscathed if you attempt to climb into an enclosure with a 4-year-old, 350 pound Tigress! We know that's what Idiot Brother #1 was trying to do because he left his shoe [and blood] on the wrong side of the gate leading into the enclosure.
I don't think he would have thrown his shoe at Tatiana if she had already managed to leap that close to an escape. A shoe is not an effective weapon against 350 pounds of predatory muscle, teeth and claws. Besides, if she had already made her leap, he'd have needed the time it takes to remove and throw the shoe to start running away. Also, in order to effectively run away, he'd need either both shoes or no shoes.
No, I think, and I'm making this prediction before Idiot Brothers #2 and 3 have made any public statements, that it's much more likely that Idiot Brother #1 was KNOCKED out of that shoe by the impact of Tatiana's body as she pounced upon him!
You have noticed by now that I have not used the names of these young men. I mean no disrespect to their unnamed, grieving family, they have my sympathy. [unless and until they try to sue the Zoo for the death of their son through his own actions, then all bets are off!] That is not an oversight on my part. It is deliberate. They forfeited the right to be treated with a scintilla of respect the moment they executed this ill-conceived, imprudent, Icarian plan. The tragedy is not that one of them was killed and the other two sustained injuries, that was the inevitable consequence of such idiocy. The lamentable result of their action was the destruction of a magnificently exquisite beast following her God-given instincts!
Tomorrow, I take on the San Francisco Zoo. Those morons!