May 12th, 2008

smiley cat

Huh.

There are thought to be 4,000 tigers living in captivity in Texas alone, up to 12,000 tigers being kept as private pets in the United States (Mike Tyson owns four of them).  In contrast, it is estimated that there are between 5,100 and 7,500 wild tigers left on the planet.  Despite the efforts of conservationists, all species of tigers are expected to be extinct in the wild by the end of this century. 
Tigers can't stand the smell of alcohol.  They'll savage anyone who has been drinking.  (Doesn't sound like my sort of pet.)

-quoted nearly verbatim from Book of General Ignorance, by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson
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