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Why am I here?

Why am I here?
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Copyright: Roy Fallon (Roynsam) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 125] (451)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Fuji Finepix S3 pro, Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Natural stripes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-26 11:19
Viewed: 3358
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is one of the Sumatran Tigers that lives at the South Lakes Animal Park, in the Cumbrian Lake District of England.
She took a very close interest in me and followed me along the whole perimeter of her compound.
If I could explain to you how I feel about Tigers, you would understand how sad I became when this beautiful lady wanted to spend some time in my company.
I felt like ripping those bars away from between us and damn the consequences, whatever they may be.
The Tiger has done nothing to deserve the persecution that it has received at the hands of man.
Like many other species of animal, it pays for its beauty by being slaughtered because of man's ugliness, jealousy and ignorance.
Is this to be the only way to see a tiger in the future?
Through mesh fencing and steel bars?
I have travelled to India and been among wild tigers without any bars or fences between us and I can assure you that there is no other experience in life that will ever come close to the emotion that such meetings generate within me.
Tigers love nothing more and ask for nothing more than their freedom to roam their territory.
The caged Tigers must be screaming why am I here?
Give me my freedom.
I actually feel physical pain when I see Tigers confined to a cage without any chance of ever having the freedom that should, so rightly, be theirs.
I know the bars can be edited down in this photo but their presence is an essential part of the theme of this shot.
Believe me, I would prefer it if they were not there at all.



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To valy67: Hi ValerieRoynsam 2 06-27 09:31
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Hi Roy ! I like this shot very much, not because of it's technical quality - focus is very soft, but for the emotion I felt by looking at it and by reading your note. The tiger has got very expressive eyes. I really feel sorry for this poor caged animal. We all want to live free, humans and animals. Well done !

PS : Must be a fantastic moment when you meet a tiger in the wild !

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