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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Dar-Wednesday

It’s time for another installment of The Darwin Awards. Here kitty kitty…
( 2 January 1996, India) A tiger killed one man and mauled another at the Calcutta zoo yesterday when they tried to put a marigold garland around its neck in a New Year's greeting.
Prakesh Tiwari, the dead man, and Suresh Rai had been drinking before they bought the floral garlands and crossed the moat around the tiger's enclosure, authorities said. "I was shocked to see the two young men weaving about in front of a tiger with garlands in their hands, " said Rakesh Banerjee, who witnessed the attack that triggered panic and a near stampede in the zoo.
The men, both in their 20's, were trying to put the garland on a 13-year old male Royal Bengal tiger named "Shiva" after the Hindu god of destruction. When Rai threw the garland around Shiva's neck, the tiger attacked him. His friend Tiwari intervened, kicking the tiger in the face. The tiger released Rai, and attacked and killed Tiwari.
"I saw it all; the tiger turned and jumped on the other young man and put its head on the man's neck, and within moments, the man was apparently dead, his head dangling," Banerjee said.
The two were reportedly devotees of the goddess Durga and had gone to "worship" the tiger. Immediately after the incident, an angry crowd went on a stone-pelting spree in which two children and a woman were injured.


10 Comments:

At 6:43 AM, Blogger lime said...

sounds like the dope who climbed in the tiger enclosure at trinidad's emporer valley zoo some years ago. i forget his reason but he met the same fate. duh!

 
At 6:57 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

lol, duh is absolutely correct, Lime. :D

 
At 8:49 AM, Blogger Sandra Ruttan said...

Never underestimate the stupidity of some people, especially when alcohol is involved.

As to the next issue, we hope Friday. As you may know, we've had internet problems. For the moment, it's holding. I'll check with Kevin tonight and see if it's put us behind with the online issue...

 
At 10:40 AM, Blogger Carrie said...

Why or why can't I come up with something clever to say?

I do wish I could have been there to cheer the tiger on.

 
At 11:36 AM, Blogger M.E Ellis said...

Ooooerrr!

:o)

 
At 11:59 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

lol, write on, Sandra. Keep me posted on the issue. :D

I would have cheered too, Carrie.

Indeed, M.E. :)

 
At 2:20 PM, Blogger snavy said...

Hey... I'm thinking maybe we could head into the woods and try to decorate a bear or something.

Who's with me?

 
At 6:44 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

lol, count me in, Snavy. :D

 
At 9:00 AM, Blogger Dana Y. T. Lin said...

Poor tiger! He just wanted to be left alone!

 
At 9:03 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

lol, I bet he was after this...

 

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