In cases like this, is it okay to shoot a rare tiger to save a human life?

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6th January 2022

A RARE Malayan tiger was shot and killed at Naples Zoo in Florida, after he bit a man’s arm and wouldn’t let go.

Police were called when a security guard found River Rosenquist, 26, screaming. He had climbed a barrier then put his arm through the tiger’s cage, possibly to feed or stroke it, when eight-year-old male tiger Eko (above) grabbed his arm. The zoo was closed and, although Rosenquist works there as a cleaner, he had no business being in the area, the zoo said. Since the zoo was closed, there were no staff available who could have tranquillised the tiger, and the sheriff’s office said that the deputy sheriff had “made the only possible decision he could in order to save this man’s life”.

The zoo was closed and, although Rosenquist works there as a cleaner, he had no business being in the area, the zoo said. Since the zoo was closed, there were no staff available who could have tranquillised the tiger, and the sheriff’s office said that the deputy sheriff had “made the only possible decision he could in order to save this man’s life”.

Most online comments didn’t support the decision to shoot the tiger, although the man could have bled to death otherwise. Do you think the police made the right decision? Take part in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments below.

Is it okay to shoot a rare tiger to save a human life?

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charlieee7 · 2 weeks ago

All animals have the right to life, and shouldn't be killed, especially if they are just acting on their natural instincts. Humans are aware of how tigers can behave, so shouldn't take rash actions like sticking their arm in a cage. The tiger shouldn't have to die because of someone else's error.

superpug27 · 2 weeks ago

In this situation, he broke the law and entered through closing times. But in a regular situation where someone is just near an enclosure and the tiger starts attacking their arm, then yes. Shoot it.

simbasimba · 2 weeks ago

Do not shoot the Tiger. Seriously. Don't even consider it.

sailor31 · 1 week ago

The person had no right to be there and it wasn't a very clever idea to stick their arm through the cage in any case. The tiger shouldn't have been killed. Anyway what I want to know is why the tiger was in the captivity of a zoo in the first place?

firestar26 · 1 week ago

Killing a rare tiger is wrong. Tigers deserve to live as much as humans do.

snoopy15 · 1 week ago

The animals are ok its the man's falt for going in the tigers pen!

candyflos · 1 week ago

I don’t think it’s right as the tiger’s instinct was to attack human and the man shouldn’t have gone so close to the tiger anyways. However I don’t think the man should die either so the zoo should have tranquillised the tiger instead.

biggestbro · 1 week ago

I think they should have shot the tiger with a tazer it would have paralyzed i'm but not killed him.

candyapple · 1 week ago

No it is absolutely not ok because the tiger is a living creature. Also, the man was in after closing times, and he was being really stupid. What do you expect a tiger to do if an arm is poking through the bars?

scarlet10 · 1 week ago

why has a nosy man got more right to live then a rare tiger following his natural instinct?

scarlet10 · 1 week ago

free the tiger not shoot it

buzzard86 · 6 days ago

It was the man's fault he got bitten.