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Why are some people (mainly woman) more prone to dressing up their domestic animals? No doubt, it is the motherly doting nature. These zoo animals are hysterically fashionable. Some people really do get pets instead of children.

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Like everything in the universe, there is the other extreme. The most dangerous and the largest cat in the wild is the Amur. If you were born and bred to survive the arctic Siberian weather terrain, you’d be a badass too. As the encyclope­dic reference Mammals of the Soviet Union puts it, ‘The general appearance of the tiger is that of a huge physical force and quiet confidence, combined with a rather heavy grace.’

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‘Picture the grotesquely muscled head of a pit bull and then imagine how it might look if the pit bull weighed a quarter of a ton. Add to this fangs the length of a finger backed up by rows of slicing teeth capable of cutting through the heaviest bone. Consider then the claws: a hybrid of meat hook and stiletto that can attain four inches along the outer curve, a length comparable to the talons on a velociraptor. Now, imagine the vehi­cle for all of this: nine feet or more from nose to tail, and three and a half feet high at the shoulder.’ From the book, The Tiger

Our daily human behavior calls for both the docility of the domestic cat and the fierceness of the one in the wild. It is survival.

 

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