It is no surprise to those who know me that my favorite animal is the tiger — all cats are amazing, but tigers are something really special. Yesterday, we took a break from all sorts of moving chores and had a look at the Downtown Aquarium here in Denver. One of the highlights for me was the rain forest exhibit, which features an amazing tiger enclosure … complete with running water, mist, and Sumatran tigers! On our visit yesterday, we were lucky enough to have one of them patrolling his enclosure. It was absolutely breathtaking to see him walking around.
Then, to my dismay, I woke up to this article on the BBC news website, reporting a dramatic decline in the tiger population of India. I don’t normally get all misty eyed about animal conservation, but the prospect of a world without tigers is heartbreaking. My husband would say that ‘the tiger has been going extinct for as long as he can remember, and it hasn’t happened yet’ — and my rational mind agrees with him, but when it comes to tigers I am not rational, but emotional. I’m even considering adopting a tiger from the World Wildlife Fund … or making a donation to the Save the Tiger Fund. If I could only be sure that my money would actually help …..