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Where’s The Danger?

February 20, 2010

I was talking to S, my friend the other day, and we were discussing about the “Tiger” situation in India. How there are just 1411 tigers left (I am sure you are all familiar with this ;)), and what a pathetic situation it is.

And then she went on to say that her brother was freakishly scared of tigers. Apparently he had seen a few documentaries which showed these felines marauding and terrorising nearby villages.

 

The discussion progressed to how dangerous animals can be, quoting all that we had seen on National Geographic one time or the other. You are probably wondering how is it that we, two girls, are discussing such issues. FYI we do, quite regularly. It is not always shoes and boys :P.

Anyways, S made a brilliant observation…

 

She asked, “What is the probability of us getting mauled by a tiger or trampled by an elephant?”

Something to think about isn’t it? If you go to see, the likelihood of this happening is almost nil. There are more chances of us getting dying in a road accident, due to asthma (because of pollution :P), armed robbery, or even a terrorist attack.

So who are more dangerous, humans or animals? Some might argue that we have no idea as to what the beast is thinking. This makes them unpredictable and us, vulnerable. But I disagree. Animals have a set behaviour pattern. Carnivores, who are usually dangerous, kill for one purpose only – food. And sometimes if they are instigated or for self-defence. Can you grudge them for that? Whereas we humans, given the gift of the mind, are in fact far more capricious.

 

This reminds me of a song:

Animals and children tell the truth they never lie,

Which one is more human? There’s a thought, now you decide.

(“Animal Song” by Savage Garden)

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. February 20, 2010 1:38 PM

    Are you writing a book ?

  2. February 20, 2010 2:26 PM

    I live very near to Corbett National Park and i have seen such thing. Do you know why those animals come into the village and kill people ? Only because those people make villages inside the jungle, if they try to come into the house of the animals, then why can’t animals come into their ??

    Not about the other thing you have written, yes, man is the biggest danger to itself.

    Rightly said, they kill for food and defence. And we kill to grab the extra food and to show off our defense.

  3. February 20, 2010 10:56 PM

    If you leave the animals alone…then you have nothing to fear usually. I think humans are the biggest danger to other human beings. Our selfishness has no limitations.

    We depend on animals and not the other way around. Especially the tiger. He alone can make the survival of other species possible. I have written a post on Tigers a long time back. You can find more relevant information on what I have just written in that.

    Btw you have been given an award and Tag for your wonderful blog.

  4. February 20, 2010 11:29 PM

    It depends upon perspective whether u are animal or a human being….I wrote a post about it and somewhere trying to explore the same. ..human encroach, they have to, as they have to survive. Animals hit back, they have to, they have to survive. Who is wrong who is right how can you decide?

  5. February 23, 2010 7:15 PM

    Don’t you all think that instead of asking 125 crore idiot humans to save the Tigers, its better to teach 1411 Tigers to play safe! 🙂

  6. February 23, 2010 10:47 PM

    Thank you for actually reading it! :”> READ THIS for MORE fun -> http://bit.ly/savetigers – =))

  7. March 17, 2010 11:31 PM

    Thats my fave song!

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