Liger Killed its Keeper


A 32 year old man was seriously wounded initially when he was attacked by the liger. But later in the hospital, he was declared dead as the blows from the Liger were too serious for him to sustain for a life. This was probably the first ever notable incident, in which a liger had actually killed a human being. The reports indicate that a guy named as Pete Getz, was working as a volunteer in an animal “Sanctuary”. However, being less experienced and more daring, he entered into the case of 1000 pound beast, thereby giving him enough chance to attack him. His obvious intentions were to feed the liger, but it became misery as the liger attacked him badly.

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The name of that liger was Rocky which was 8 year old liger. Until now in 2010, Rocky would have reached around 10 years of age. The animal was always fed from the pole. No one ever entered into its cage to feed him. But Getz made that decision that day and it prove out to be highly unfortunate (Celezic, 2008).

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One of the key obvious reasons that were responsible for the attack of the liger was that there was no relation of familiarity between the liger and the man. Animals usually behave in an abnormal and bizarre pattern, whenever, they are encountered with a stranger or strangers. The same was the case in this case as; a volunteer is entering into the cage and donating his life for the wrath of the liger. This just all looks insane. What was that person thinking before even entering into the cage of liger? This also indicates that ligers do have key recognition towards their masters. Moreover, this obviously means that they have zero tolerance for the strangers.

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This can also give another possibility that the liger would have thought that individual as an intruder into his territory. This trait of the liger correlates with that of the lions, where they are highly territorial and they do not tolerate any intruders into their territory. The same is true about tigers as well. Therefore, these possibilities are highly possible that

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• Ligers should not be disposed to the strangers, either for treatments or feeding them.
• The presence of master can be dangerous and risky for the master himself as well.
• Ligers can be highly unpredictable just like lions and tigers.
• Despite living in captivity, even from one or two generations back of lions and tigers, these animals still possess their traits of being wild, unpredictable, untamable, and fully ferocious.

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• Once liger knows that it is powerful than the other individual, it will certainly use its power. Captive animals receive lesser chance of practicing their wrath, therefore, there eagerness level for showing power or attacking can be higher.
• Another reason can be that the animal would have felt threatened by that individual. If he would not have been trained, his certain act would have been proved out to relatively decisive.

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