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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I love the City. At some point, I am going to live in San Francisco. When my kids are grown and gone...someday. Anyway, we were up there this weekend, and in the Bay Area right now, all the talk is on the tiger, Tatiana, who killed that teenager. The general consensus is that this boy deserved to die, but the tiger didn't.

I'm a practical girl. Tigers out of their cages need to be killed, and this one (we go to the zoo about once a month) she looked mean, so personally, I don't want her out and about. But whatever. Let's say these boys did taunt her. I've seen them. They looked like troublemakers, there is no question. It's odd that three young men would be at the zoo at closing time on Christmas Day, isn't it? That sounds like mischief in the making.

Either way, I don't think the boy deserved to die for his stupidity-- if he and his friends were taunting the tiger. My son's environmental teacher told him otherwise. Which didn't surprise me, but last night at church, I heard the Christians saying the same thing!

Gosh, don't we all deserve to die for our sins? What is it about this one that gets people so deeply and where is our compassion for parents -- who perhaps weren't the most responsible -- but still, they lost their son. Isn't that heartbreaking? I'm sorry, but a tiger can be replaced. Their son can't. People love to watch vindication, don't they? It's our nature, but as the mother of three sons...boys do stupid things. I've done stupid things. I've gotten a pass so far, and it just saddens me that this kid didn't, I guess.
posted at 10:56 AM  
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At 11:33 AM, Blogger Kay said...

The value of human life is on such a decline in our culture as the value of animals increases. And it is sad to see those changes in the Christian culture as well.

No matter what kind of person he was, he was created in the image of God and he had incredible, irreplacable value.
As you said, we all deserve death. Thank God, most of us don't get what we deserve most of the time. That's His rich mercy.
We as His children should be quick to show the same mercy.

At 11:45 AM, Blogger Tina said...

THANK YOU for saying this. Someone needed to. I am so glad God has more mercy than humans do.

At 3:38 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

See, Kris, that's why I'm going to stay on this side of the country. If that would have happened over here, men with beer bellies and a chaw of tobacco would have gone to shoot the tiger themselves.


At 4:43 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

LOL Kayla! Did any of you read the Glass Castle? Man, those kids should have been dead several times over. If God's grace isn't seen in that book, I don't know where it is. KB

At 8:01 PM, Blogger Sister Honey Bunch said...

I loved Glass Castle!

Thanks for speaking the truth sister!

At 8:48 PM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

We heard about the boy being killed and then the tiger.
As I love Tigers it was sad to see the tiger put down considering there were other incidents its seems there was something wrong with its security for it to get out and whatever that is was part of the problem.
I dont agree the Boy deserved to die.
If he and his friends were taunting the Tiger yes he should have been held accountable but giving his life for it was extreme.
I feel for the family who have lost a son. He wouldn't be the first to taunt the tiger just the last.

At 8:53 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

How did the tiger get out? That is my question. Even with stupid people taunting this wild animal that can kill with a swat of his paw, he shouldn't have escaped. They are still responsible, even if the boy did something stupid. We had a shooting right here in Indiana. The boy (well, he was over 21 but still in college) got into a verbal exchange in a bar/restaurant with a much older man and when he went to his car, the man killed him. That boy/man shouldn't have messed with a stranger who was drunk, but he didn't deserve to die for it! We don't let humans get away with murder, even if the one who died didn't live an exemplary life, and neither should we let an animal kill humans. Sheesh.

Nicely said, Kristin. I feel so sorry for that boy's parents.

At 9:23 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Crystal, when that tiger first came to the zoo, there was this zoo docent standing in front of her telling us about her. And I looked at that tiger, and just felt she was too close, and she looked too mean. I told my husband, "let's go. I don't want the kids here."

We did not go back to that section and we go to that zoo monthly. We're members. I mean, I'm not good at math, but I didn't like how big that tiger looked, how pissed off it looked, and how small the space between us felt.

I sort of get how animals are by looking them in the eyes. It's how I picked my dog, and it's the reason I would not be taunting that tiger. I wouldn't have trusted that wall if it was pissed off, that's where the boys were tempting fate, I would think.

At 8:50 AM, Blogger Sally said...

I just got your newsletter!! An Ashley movie is coming?!! I'm so excited!! Keep us posted!

At 11:36 AM, Blogger Becky said...

You are so right...3 boys there (breaching the enclosure) on Christmas day?

But...there but for the Grace of God go I. You're so right...we Christians, of all people, should be the first to extend that same Grace and Mercy that was extended to us.

LOL, Kayla! So true.

We have an animal sanctuary in our town that had a tiger escape a couple of years ago. They were able to tranquilize it, but for a while there, things were pretty dicey. Local neighbors had their guns out ready to take it out if it got near their property.

What is this about an Ashley movie?!!

At 1:41 AM, Blogger Steph said...

I agree Kristin. The boy didn't deserve to die and I'm sad for his family. I'm not sure how this happened. Seems like there should be way to keep animals and people apart. Not too mention, my local mall is covered with cops... surely this zoo could hire enough cops to parole the area and make kids move along before it came to this.

On a happier note, I got so excited about a potential Ashley movie. I've been saying for a long time it needed to be made into a movie! Keep us updated!


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