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Michael Jamison and his girlfriend Jackie Smith brought home a kitten.They eat with him at the table and sleep in one bed. Well, let’s wish them good luck.
I WANT ONE!!!!!!
me too :)
This is exactly what i wanted in my life too :)
I work with animals.
This will end up B.A.D ..
(ever seen a child playing with a gun ?)
I love wildlife and animals and nature. But making a wild animal a ‘housepet’ is pathetic and so unnatural. yes, it might run well for a while, but at some stage something is going to go awry and then? Who will be blamed? How is it possible to go and buy a wild Tiger cub to ‘take home’ anyway? It shouldn’t be allowed. Especially small children are in real danger, because that wild hunting instinct does not just vanish because a ‘big’ cat grew up as pet in human house.
What WERE they thinking? It’s wrong! It’s also no way to help this species to get off the endangered list. John Varty in South Africa is actively working on a program to help increase the Tiger population (far from their natural habitat, but nevertheless in the wild) with a view to releasing back into the wild in suitable locations of their natural born habitat. We call people like this couple ‘bunnyhuggers’. If you want a big pet, get an Irish Wolfhound!
I agree, but then again I disagree. Remember that the dogs and cats, once were wild animals, and we managed to make them a “housepet”.
Yes and that took thousands of years. Also notice how domestic cats still have a very, very strong hunting instinct? And how cats of any kind are more prone to follow instincts and are trickier to train because they’re solitary animals?
I’m not saying that the tiger can’t be domesticated in a far off future (if there’s enough left of them to do so), but right now it’s a wild animal, with wild instincts and should be treated as such.
But yes, some people can handle big, wild animals. Those also tend to have enough training and experience to know exactly why you don’t bring them into your home.
Ummm.. humans created dogs, they were derived from wolves and other wild canidae species, dogs were never wild animals. Domestic cats were once wild, but they could never tear your head off like a tiger can. I’m completely against anyone owning wildlife. These animals deserve to be free.
Totally agree. When this poor creature becomes an adult it will vent its frustration on the nearest thing it can. Its a wild animal designed by nature for a certain environment, not drinking from a baby bottle on a kitchen table. When adult, this tiger could rip your face off with one blow. Bear in mind that it will be two, if not three, times bigger than it is now.
I absolutely agree. I love tigers so much, and really any big cat. But it’s not a house cat. I play with my little house cats quite a bit, and when they scratch, it hurts. You get to playing with a tiger, and you might lose a limb. Tigers don’t screw around. They have a natural, very wild instinct that does not just go away, and they will hunt other small animals, including those adorable dogs and any children you may have. It’s in their nature. Tigers belong in the wild, not in your house, as beautiful as they are.
yo TINA BAER why would somebody in South Africa be trying to conserve tigers. Tigers are mostly found in asia there are none in Africa . . . maybe your thinking of Lions or Leopards or maybe even Cheetahs but no they aint got no tigers in South Africa
Uhh, why are people trying to take measures to help Tigers in America? It doesn’t matter where you’re from, people want to make differences from all different places. She’s correct, John Varty is working to help conserve Tigers in South Africa for various reasons, just like we’re trying to conserve in
America in zoos and wildlife preservation areas. Just because its not in their natural habitat doesn’t mean Tina is thinking of a different animal, quit trying to bring people down and argue for the sake of arguing.
Yes, I agree with Tina. What will they do if their pet attacks and kills one of their dogs? or, worse, what if it attacks one of the owners? Wild animals were born to be wild.
I agree….though cute now, well…..let’s just say, ever watch FATAL ATTRACTIONS on Animal Planet?
Beautiful! Gorgeous Kitty.
Isn’t this highly illegal?
Beautiful animal, beautiful pictures, but I have to say this…what you have is not a pet. A tiger is a wild animal and I hope that you realize that a wild animal who is treated as a pet, or a member of the family, will still be a wild animal. Don’t forget the incident of the tiger in Las Vegas who attacked his “owner”. He had also been well-treated all his life. Having said this, I realize that this is not the first time you’ve heard this…please take care and watch for any signs that things are not going as you might wish. There are sanctuaries in which there are others of his kind who will make him feel more comfortable.
I couldn’t of said this better myself! I love animals and having a tiger at my house would defenitly be an adventure but the safety of those around me and myself are more important. I really hope they read your comment and take head to your adivce. It was very well put and you weren’t attacking them just offering friendly and wise advice and persepective of their living situation.
are you talking about what happened to Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy? because that tiger did not attack him. he raids the tiger from a cub, and the tiger thought Roy was in danger. so the tiger would do what any tiger would have done to a cub in that situation which would be to grab there neck and carry them to safety the tiger did not know Roy was not a cub and as Roy has said. if the tiger wanted to kill him he would have.
but yes tigers should not be kept as pets. as they are very large and can accidentally hurt a family member without noticing it.
You two are great people for taking in this Tigar,most would say your wrong,butnow they’re are so few left I hope that more people can do as you did and breed them also.
Everyone needs love and care in this world.
Cute, sure we’ll be hearing about the imminent tiger attack in a couple months.
its not fair to the tiger!… i think its high time we leave him where he is meant to be …
WoW you guys have such a Awesome Pet…
Sad to see such a magnificent beast being teated like a baby. You know he could kill you instantly one day.
WOW! Big kitty!
This shit never ends well. I don’t think wild cats should be kept as pets OR in captivity unless absolutely necessary. I pray that they do not get harmed by the wild nature of this animal. I pray that the animal is in good hands.
Their house and furniture is really, really ugly. Also, what’s up with the nanofeet in picture #5?
stumbled upon this. When my kids bring home kittens, they are usually just too numerous; this would give me pause (pun intended). You must really go through the furniture! :D
I’m sure there’s a part to this story we don’t know, and it’s not my business, BUT… I feel like this is a bad idea from the small bit I have seen. But all of the safety concerns and unfair treatment of the tiger comments and stuff like that aside, pretty tiger. Be careful.
You DO realize that in the wild they’re either hunted by poachers, or being slowly wiped out by us destroying their habitat right? While yes captivity may not be natural for the animal (unless they were raised in a circus, as a pet or in a zoo then it’s necessary) it gives the endangered species the chance to build in numbers without being hunted and slaughtered horribly as they often are in the wild.
But yeah they should never be kept as pets.
i love cats fav. animal and seince tigers are part cat i love tigers too and i would love to be in your shoes and have a pet tiger and i wold treat it as if it was my own kid too with much love, sk8ergrl
I want a white tiger so bad!!! You guys are so lucky!!!!
I understand the desire to want to own and live along side such a beautiful animal. That said, please consider using your money to protect tigers in the wild and/or start a sanctuary. The safety of your other pets, your neighbors, the tiger,… are all in jeapordy. You made the choice, now make the ethical one.
The only difference between a tiger raised in captivity and a cat raised in captivity is size. This tiger is no more a “wild animal” than a house cat, it’s just much much bigger.
So, how many tigers have you had?
Actually, raising tigers and raising cats in your home is not the same thing. Cats have been domesticated many many years ago. The species itself has adapted to human presence. While tigers, like this one, have just been tamed so they’re used to being around people.
This is a magnificently beautiful animal. That being said, tigers do not belong in homes. They are wild animals that belong in the wild or in wild animal sanctuaries. The state of your furniture is a good indication of what this animal could do to you someday. Considering that a full grown tiger weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 700 pounds, he could seriously injure someone just by rolling over in his sleep. I know you love him, but placing him in a sanctuary would be safer for you and him.
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This is going to end badly for the tiger. It is not a matter of if, it is when.
I feel so sad for the tiger…The people are ridiculously stupid.
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OMG ! Tigers are NOT the same as domestic cats, only bigger. They are still WILD animals, no matter how they’re raised and most states don’t allow individual ownership of exotic cats, as well it should be.
I am one of the biggest Tiger lovers there is, but I would NEVER own one, esp. in my home. That tiger is young yet, and can reach up to 800 # when full grown. Conservancy of tigers is not best placed in the hands of individuals, no matter how extinct they’re becoming. I’ve worked with big cats (35 tigers, 6 lions, 4 cougars and 3 leopards) for the past six years and would never condone what’s shown in these pictures.
They ARE AWESOME and beautiful, though.
Just a matter of time.
Yeah they are all smiles now, wait till one of their dogs goes missing.
This is terrible! Do they even have permits for the poor animal? Why would you want to have that in your house?
This actually made me very angry. Tigers don’t belong in homes or confined to cages unless they are unable to make it in the wild. Even if they are unable to fend for themselves, they still don’t belong in a home. They can be very dangerous, and surely can’t be happy for long.
For all of you arguing that owning a Tiger isn’t “safe”, how do you think modern domestic pets got to where they are now? SOMEONE had to domesticate them. I’m sure that there were bad outcomes for some of them, but why make such a big deal about this? The tiger certainly doesn’t look like it’s starving, and if these people choose to run the risks of taming this animal and its possible offspring, let them. This doesn’t effect any of you; why worry?
Tell you what. If you think owning a tiger is awesome, why don’t you first try owning a Huskie. It’s a domesticated dog, right? Do you think you could handle it trashing your whole garage, tearing up the house, needing a 2 mile walk every day? Then what would you do with a tiger, that probably has at least a 300 mile radius territory, who never quits roaming. Donate to a sanctuary. Write them letters and ask for pictures. Go visit a sanctuary, they have them in the states.
Yes, having a wild animal as a pet is unethical, however; consider the tiger population. With the steady and rapid decrease in the tiger species, it is relieving to see one with a loving home. Better living a domestic life in someone’s home than a fur coat or rug. This tiger is lucky to have its life in the hands of caring humans than disgusting poachers! Let’s help conserve this beautiful creature! :)
my grandmother had a tiger named Lilith for 19 years in her house she never hurt anyone, she loved her life happy as can be, they live longer in captivity as well.
I live in Las Vegas, and we have all seen the news updates of the famous accident of Roy (siegfried and Roy) and this will not end well, regardless of the pictures of the household now. Someone should really encourage them to give up this animal, and soon.
hope that couch is ok jk jk hope this end’s well!!
Tigers are cool. But this is an unhealthy and unsafe environment for a tiger. If you like tigers it’s best to enjoy them at a distance.
This is the dumbest thing those people could have ever done. Meanwhile, that tiger could have been a child in the wild, helping its population increase the little chance it could. Yet they ruined that option by turning it into a house pet. One day, the tiger will get pissed off and attack someone and it will be the one who gets blamed. It’s people like them who give animals such bad reputations.
It’s all fun and games until someone loses an arm. Or leg. Or head.
Seriously, people… not good
This is sickening. Sure the tiger will survive in a home. But it would sure survive better in a sanctuary, where the people are actually TRYING to increase the dwindling tiger population and breed happy tigers with lots of room to roam and act NATURALLY. For those of you who say that raising a tiger is like raising a cat, that would be instant death if that were true. Cats scratch. Cats bite. Therefore tigers scratch and tigers bite. The difference? Size and strength. That couple is endangering the lives of countless people and animals.
well, when the other pets start to disappear…well…
Lets see how long it takes for that cat to rip one of then of not all apart.
this is not good…
Although beautiful, this tiger isn’t full grown yet and from the damage it’s already done to the furniture one can tell that it’s not getting enough exercise/stimulation and that’s not a good thing for a big animal like that. It’s nice to want to have a pet like that (I LOVE BIG CATS)but unless one has somewhat of a compound where they can run, scratch trees, etc… it won’t have any way to get rid of all that pent up energy. It’s enough of a problem with big dogs and cat claws, but this thing has BOTH big claws and big teeth. This is not fair to the tiger at all. It’s selfish for humans to bring these up in a house.
Wow, and I thought my cat was big!
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