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11. Posted by stokesy (Budding Member 76 posts) 9y

My friend and her husband have just returned from a trip to the Tiger farm, it took 4 and a half hours to get there and they were appalled at the condition of the tigers. My friend stood on one of the tigers tails{ by accident } and it never moved, she said they all seemed drugged and made a remark to the keeper there, who promptly dug one of the animals in the back with a stick but still not a lot of reaction from the beast. I was going to visit the farm when we go in Feb but now will give it a miss. stokesy

12. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

i know what we know and what we see. i will be there myself to see it for myself.

however does anyone got any inside information on this?

they might be lazy during the day but come on they cant be totally retarded during the day either hey?

i watch the discovery channel and in the day they run around like mad!

i am going to bring some springbok and let lose in there haven! ill have a stop watch and see how long the springbok last before been eaten in front of my glorified eyes!

13. Posted by oj (Budding Member 24 posts) 9y

Yeah i was in kanchanaburi in may but decided i didnt want to go to the tiger temple - the thought of these poor animals (that are supposedly rescued ???) sedated by whatever means for tourism turned me a little ... still alot of travellers i met had rather cool pics of tigers lying on their laps.... but at the time i hated the sight of non traveller tourists

14. Posted by gwelty (Full Member 83 posts) 9y

I agree. The disposition of a tiger is that of a loner, compared to lions which travel in groups. If tigers could naturally be tamed, I would imagine that this practice of "petting" a tiger for 1000 baht would be common at zoos elsewhere. Having said that, I haven't been there so I cannot confirm. I only feel that it would be healthy to be skeptical of this. Additionally, since the focus of Buddhism is people, to make a tiger the focal point seems more of a selling point than an actual practice of compassion. Just my thoughts.

15. Posted by gwelty (Full Member 83 posts) 9y

Interestingly enough, all (3) of truetaste's posts have simply been promo's. That doesn't convict anyone of anything, but it does make me think twice on the motive behind this thread's creation.

16. Posted by gwelty (Full Member 83 posts) 9y

Here's the lonelyplanet discussion on the tiger temple:

http://thorntree.lonelyplanet.com/messagepost.cfm?postaction=reply&catid=51&threadid=814487&messid=6926319&STARTPAGE=1&parentid=0&from=1&showall=true

17. Posted by JAY_H (Full Member 69 posts) 9y

Everyone keeps wondering if they are drugged!!!
OF COURSE THEY ARE!!!!!!!! An un drugged tiger would eat you alive!!!!!! There is no question about it. No way would I go there its very sad

18. Posted by Steve_ell (Budding Member 39 posts) 9y

My family & I went and were hugely impressed. The day was cool so the tigers were very lively, many walking around. One however was sleepy. Noone payed the 100 baht to 'lap' a tiger' - perhaps the 'dopey' tiger may have been the one used for that purpose.
However all happily walked back to their cages a coule of hundred metres away.
Conclusion - probably no drugs involved.
By the way don't rush off before closing time. By hanging around we got to play with some tiger cubs and watch a spontaneous duel between two antlered deer

19. Posted by JAY_H (Full Member 69 posts) 9y

"However all happily walked back to their cages a coule of hundred metres away.
Conclusion - probably no drugs involved"[i]

Hmmm... how many tigers have you stood next to in the jungle?? None probably or you wouldnt be writing in this post!!!
Sorry dont mean to be rude but its so obvious, yer the workers wouldnt tell the tourists or they wouldnt have a job but COME ON!!!

20. Posted by Mr Gecko (Inactive 34 posts) 9y

I do think it’s possible for the big cats to become friendly. If they are with human’s everyday, been stroked, fed etc then its natural for them to become more human friendly and customized.

I have wild cats in my back garden, they used to bite and hiss at me, they were not even young cats but been wild for 10 years. If I was midget sure enough they would attack me! Since feeding them they now allow me to stroke them, they greet me and even come into my house, purring and meowing at me for food - they don’t like been picked up yet though...I don’t see the real difference with a big cat and my own wild cats. They are cousins after all.

If cats are in the wild and have little human interaction and integration then yes the big cat and small cat are not going to be so friendly and they will always have that wild instinct in them. you have to earn a cats trust first. the same goes for a dog.

It’s a bit like when one of those guys puts there head into a crocodile’s mouth in thailand! Is the crocodile drugged? Probably trained. I would imagine its even easier to train the big cats. Didn’t even know that one could train a crocodile!

Perhaps some of the big cats are drugged and some of them are not. I think that is what people are seeing. And the big cat might be drugged for various reasons. Did you ever try and bring your pet dog to the vet? I wonder how easy it is to get one of those big cats back into its cell? i have to drug my dogs in order to bring them to the vet...other wise i am going to be playing WWF in my sitting room!

I think anything is possible and it cant be ruled out. I have a non-biased view on this,
But I will see the big cats myself in a couple of months time. But I am still very sure that I will have the same opinion as what I have typed just now.

having said that. when my dogs are drugged...i know all about it. there eyes are all over the place...sleepy looking and walking but at the same time still very active...just very relaxed....as in my dogs are not aggressive like they normally are...no barking really or anything...

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 31, 2007, at 3:31 AM by Mr Gecko ]