I'm not talking about Tony the Tiger and his Frosted Flakes. I'm talking about real tigers, those of claw and fang. A very stupid mugger held up a couple at knifepoint and then, pursued by security guards, fled. He hid out in what he thought was an empty cave. He had, unfortunately, climbed into an enclosure at the local zoo in Bloemfontein, about 400km south west of Johannesburg.
Said enclosure was the home of the zoo's tiger family which objected to the intrusion. The tigers manifested their displeasure by chewing the guy to death.
This is not completely unheard of in South Africa. Some time ago, a thief running from police climbed over a fence which protected Max, a 400lb gorilla. The horrified bandit shot Max who, Kong-like, shrugged off the wound and pinned the guy against a wall, holding him there until police arrived to rescue and jail the perp. Max recovered and is still revered as a hero in SA.
The moral of this story is: When you find yourself holding a tiger by the tail, it's probably too late.
TAGS: South Africa, law enforcement, tigers, Max, King Kong