So stupidity seems to be a never-ending resource, doesn't it? I wasn't surprised to read that two men were mauled by a tiger in the Calgary zoo. They apparently climbed over a fence topped with barbed wire and got too close to the interior fence. This was the middle of the night, mind you, but one of the tigers, Vitali, was out walking off his insomnia (or something) and attacked. They think the man must have got snagged by a claw and then his arm was pulled in and mangled. They figure the man must have been right up against the fence for the tiger to get him since their paws are too big to fit through the fence and their claws, while razor sharp, aren't all that long, certainly not of Edward Scissorhands proportions. I figure they might have been about to climb the interior fence. Tigers can be pretty damn quick and the one guy didn't get off the fence in time. The article goes on to say
The animal was very unsettled when keepers first saw him after the attack, but didn’t appear hurt.
Keepers don’t know "whether Vitali was acting out of aggression or kind of a sense of protecting himself — it’s very unusual for him to have to deal with anyone in the middle of the night," Black added.
Now I don't know about you, but if there were intruders busting into my house in the middle of the night, i would probably be feeling threatened, too. And if i was a tiger, how do you defend yourself? Outright aggression, that's how. Buddy got what he deserved. They don't know if alcohol was involved and are only "considering" pressing charges. I damn well would and wouldn't care if he was going to lose his arm. And let that be a lesson.
From the "Now that's what i call a protest" files: Apparently farmers in Belgium are pretty pissed that the price of milk has gone down. They blocked traffic going in to Brussels and marched into the city centre to EU headquarters. They burned tires, hay, tossed manure and milk and chickens and generally made a mess of things. The cow they brought into the city got spooked and chased someone down the road. The farmers want more regulation to farm goods as they're losing a lot of money. The EU says sod you, it's a free market out there.