Can we tame tigers?
Not in the way you might tame a dog or break in a horse. Dogs and horses have been domesticated for millennia and selective breeding has gradually favoured the genes that make them more friendly. Tigers – even raised from a cub – retain all their predatory instincts. In Thailand, ‘tame’ tigers live in a monastery, side by side with the monks and tourists, but it’s a precarious balance. Roy Horn of the entertainment double act Siegfried & Roy was critically injured in 2003 when the tiger he had performed with for six years bit him.
Answered by Luis Villazon.
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