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Into the Tiger's Den

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Into the Tiger's Den

The Bronx Zoo has a monorail
I’ve ridden many times.
It takes you into “Asia”
And the natives of its climes.

Passing elephants and rhinos
It has shuttled folks for years,
As they’ve watched amazing creatures,
Safely sitting on their fears.

But last week, just as the monorail
Approached the tiger’s den,
Someone leaped out past the fences,
The most foolish of all men.

A tiger from Siberia,
Four hundred pounds and fierce,
Was upon him in an instant
And those teeth had lots to pierce.

The keepers came and saved the man.
The tiger’s life was spared;
It merely did the job for which
Its nature was prepared.

The jumper wanted to be “one”
With that majestic beast.
I guess he didn’t realize
He’d be viewed as quite a feast.

Though animals amaze us
With their beauty and their grace,
More often I’m astounded
By the crazy human race!

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  1. Date: 10/7/2012 6:26:00 PM
    Back in 1974, Indonesia placed an image of a Java tiger (at the time, the smallest of the species) on the back of a silver 2000 rupiah coin. Proceeds from the sale of the coin were to fund the game reserves where this endangered species hopefully would survive. Unfortunately, this subspecies became extinct.

  1. Date: 10/4/2012 4:33:00 PM
    Stay behind the line if you don't want to become one with the feline.

  1. Date: 10/4/2012 9:43:00 AM
    what a wonderful way to make the most poignant of views ilene, only the crazy human race, boy have you got this so right...love this

  1. Date: 10/3/2012 4:25:00 PM
    excellent write Ilene with brilliant reference to tiger and Nature and the lack of common sense thru stupidity luv ..

  1. Date: 10/3/2012 4:06:00 PM
    the big puddy cat almost got fed... by a flaming dum dum not right in the head...

  1. Date: 10/3/2012 2:53:00 PM
    yes, you quite captured the stupidity of some people, thinking they can be "one with nature" good one, Ilene

  1. Date: 10/3/2012 10:21:00 AM
    This had all the requisites of good writing--attraction to the reader, drama, a point to be made, purposeful rhyme, and skill in presenting an idea. Very good!