We share the Earth with a number of incredible and potentially dangerous animals. Since the dawn of time, they’ve reminded us that we do not have absolute dominion over them, even if we are able to hold some of nature’s greatest apex predators in zoos.
It is no secret that animals which reside at the top of the food chain like tigers and sharks have the capacity to cause grievous bodily harm and even death. However, it’s highly unlikely that they will harm us humans unless they are provoked.
A good example of this are killer whales – otherwise known as orcas. They have been responsible for a number of well-publicized deaths in captivity, but there are no recorded incidents of these incredible animals harming humans in the wild.
Nature’s most recent reminder that we do not hold absolute dominion over its animals came in the form of a Siberian tiger attacking a 16-year-old zookeeper. The incident took place in Russia at Kaliningrad Zoo in front of a group of horrified tourists.
The tiger – named Taifun, which translates to Typhoon – was being fed when he suddenly decided to attack the unnamed zookeeper. Tourists being tourists, captured the incident in a series of photographs which show Typhoon going in for the kill.
“The girl’s face was bleeding,” a witness said. “She screamed and tried to fight off the animal.”
A little-known fact about tigers is that a larger population exists in captivity than in the wild, and, because of this, a shockingly high number of keepers have lost their lives in this manner. Between 1800 and 2009, tigers have killed almost 400,000 people.
This keeper, however, was not another statistic, and her life was saved thanks to the quick thinking of the tourists.