Can there be a silver lining to drug dealers keeping a lion, tiger and bear cub as status symbols? Of course there can! That's why I titled this post A Silver Lining.
According to an article in Telegraph.co.uk, dated December 7, 2009, three normally mortal enemies that rank high on the food chain were being raised as status symbols by drug barons in Atlanta, Georgia. You can read the entire article by clicking here.
That was eight years ago. The young predators were delivered to the Noah's Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center in nearby Locust Grove, Georgia, where they decided to keep the young animals together. Look at them today:
I particularly like this one as Baloo the bear puts his paw on his buddy Shere Khan the tiger's back.
This picture begs the question, "Where does a 1,000 pound American black bear take a nap?" Answer: Anywhere he wants!
Now, I know you are thinking, "Okay, Mike, that's cute, but what's your point?"
I am glad you asked. We all know these three species in the wild would never get along because they would have learned to "Kill or be killed" if confronted by a member of one of the other two species. They would have learned to be aggressive and became violent killers. It is the law of the jungle, survival of the fittest. They would have learned to hate their adversaries in order to survive.
We all know hate is a learned emotion. How great would it be if humans never learned to hate?
I look forward to your comments.
P.S. If you are a new reader to this blog, have not read my November 8, 2009 post on hate, and would like to, you can go directly to it by clicking here. There are a few interesting comments there too.