I'm sure many of you have seen this picture as it has been widely distributed in the media. The story goes as follows: "These breathtaking photographs capture the remarkable moments when a tiger bowed its head and placed a paw up to the hand of a small girl. Photographer Dyrk Daniels noticed the 370lb Golden Bengal Tiger had taken an interest in the child, who was leaning against his glass enclosure. As the tiger, called Taj, headed over to her, Mr Daniels got his camera ready, expecting him to snarl and bang against the glass.. But amazingly the tiger hung his head, stretched a paw out to her hand and rubbed his cheek against where the girl's face was.‘I could not believe my eyes when Taj approached the girl, bowed his head and then placed his huge right paw exactly in front of where the little girl's left hand was. ‘It was incredible to watch. Taj let down his right paw, rubbed his cheek against the glass where the little girl's face was and moved off.’ Far from being scared, the little girl was so excited that she started clapping as she walked back afterwards towards her mother. ‘I have never seen such tenderness from such a large predator,’ Mr Daniels said." Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2055257/Easy-tiger-Remarkable-moment-baby-holds-hand-Bengal-tigers-paw-dont-worry-theyre-separated-glass.html#ixzz1j1oUcNuy This photo demonstrates the sweet contrast that tigers can exude between a state of ferocity and supreme sensitivity. I found the picture touching but also sad in the sense of mourning the tiger's unnatural state of being in captivity. At the same time, some of these places of captivity are a better solution, as tigers with no home can face euthanasia.


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