Friday, January 19, 2007
Among the many entertaining things that alcohol can do to a person, one of its most persistent and notable effects is its ability convince drunk people visiting the zoo that the extremely angry wild animal in that cage really just wants a hug.
It rarely ends well, as a visitor to a Siberian zoo found out recently.
The unidentified man, fuelled by a little boozy over-indulgence, decided that it would be a really good idea to climb into one of the enclosures at the world-renowned Novosibirsk zoo in southern central Russia. The tiger's enclosure, to be precise.
Once in there, he very graciously offered the tiger a packet of potato crisps. Equally graciously, the tiger bit him on the arm instead.
Luckily, he escaped without serious injury, and he has said that he has no plans to file a complaint about the zoo's failure to stop him climbing into a tiger's cage and offering it crisps.
'There are no claims against the tiger either,' noted zoo director Rostislav Shilo.
Shilo also denied that the zoo was able to prevent a determined person from getting into the animal cages. 'This is the visitor's choice: He can put his head on a train track, or he can go in with the tiger,' he said.