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Two foolish guys pose with a captive tiger and become terrified

The video says it is all and it is amusing on one level in that it exposes the foolishness of photo-sessions with tigers. I don't know where it was made. It looks like India or somewhere in Asia. Correction : it is Thailand.  The whole thing is rather sick to me. Correction: very sick, sad and pathetic. I feel for the tiger. The tiger used as a prop is sick. The tiger is prodded to animate him, which is also sick.  Please can people stop doing this kind of exploitative behavior? Can humans please stop exploiting tigers and just give them enough space and then leave them alone. For Pete's sake.

How do tigers kill big prey animals?

They suffocate them after knocking them to the ground with their considerable bulk and the strength in their forelegs. They grab the animal with both their massive front paws. The claws sink into the animal's flesh. They are gripped tightly. The tiger then clamps his/her jaws around the prey's windpipe. The tiger then squeezes the victim's throat and holds on until it is suffocated. Unable to breathe in the vice-like grip they animal passes away quietly and quickly. The tiger will often keep its jaws around the neck for several minutes to make sure it is dead. They've experienced prey surviving and racing off in the past. The tiger pulls its prey into bushes. Tigers have enormous strength and can pull huge prey animals considerable distances over rough terrain. Tigers sometimes kill fellow big felines such as the leopard. The latter avoids the tiger! Legendary tiger strength on show as tiger pulls SUV backwards with its teeth clamped on bumper . Image: in public domain.

Do tigers hunt in packs?

The way of life of the tiger is built around hunting. And each tiger lives alone and they hunt alone. In the forests of Asia where nearly all tigers live (except the Siberian tiger in the Far East of Russia) the world's biggest and greatest hunter has no choice but to hunt alone because of the dense vegetation which is their habitat.  Tiger kills a deer. They hunt alone. Image in the public domain. Hunting in a group would not be successful. Apparently, very rarely, they might hunt in a group under certain favourable circumstances but this is essentially a solitary hunter. Their method of killing is to get near as possible to the prey animal using cover from their habitat and their camouflaged coat. They approach prey downwind from the prey animal. This means that their body odour is not carried towards the prey animal which might alert them. The tiger has to get as close as possible to the targeted prey animal because they cannot sprint for great distances. They have to approach t