Thanks, I hate dust mites and knowing there are about a million in my bed right now.
Yeah, it would be cool. But tigers range up to 400 sq miles. Even if you had that much land, you'd never likely see them. You'd also have to stock that land with plenty of deer and wild boar. A private owner or sanctuary could never provide for the needs of a tiger in anything remotely resembling their wild habitat. No matter how much you "love" them, even a 500' x 500' ft enclosure would not suffice. They are not meant to be contained, no matter how much you love them.
Those would be some interesting endeavors. But usually, animals are domesticated for a reason. Wolves, to help with hunting and herding and guarding. Horses, to help with farm work and transportation. Small cats, to help with rodent control. Cows, for milk and food. Chickens, for eggs and food. Etc. But they were all amenable to domestication and served a useful purpose. Big cats and alligators are neither amenable to domestication nor would they serve any useful purpose even if they were.
Zebras are interesting. Many, many attempts have been made to domesticate zebras but they simply are not amenable to such efforts and all efforts have failed thus far. They are just plain mean, will not work, and promptly roll over onto their backs, crushing anyone who attempts to ride them. Zebras are notorious for being the most difficult animals in zoos.
Some animals are just not suited to domestication and will let you know that every time you try.
IIRC, the alligator was kept in some kind of fiberglass enclosure. So I guess he just had to clean that??
He did apparently have a huge sand pile for the tiger to shit, but I can't find any info as to whether or not the tiger actually used it.
I don't know. The whole thing is batshit crazy.
There was another episode about a chimp who ripped the owner's friend's face off. Travis was his name. His owner (Sandra Herold) admitted that she slept with this chimp every night after her husband died. The victim needed a face transplant. The 911 call is horrific.
I've been terrified of chimps since I saw that episode. They are fucking crazy.
He said Ming was declawed, which is a whole other abusive can of worms.
I imagine it's the same method domestic cat owners use. My cats shit once a day, after breakfast. I scoop the boxes afterwards and throw the plastic bags into the trash bin. Of course, I use a little litter scooper. This guy probably had to use a shovel, but the principle is the same. That must have been some massive cat shit to deal with though.
I have no idea about alligator shit though.
I like the one where the lady kept a pack of wolf dogs in a pen in her back yard. And yeah, to no one's surprise, they killed her. And another one where a woman kept feeding bears that showed up on her property until one day they ate her.
That show is awesome.
I don't know about an actual "litter box" but Yates apparently built a sand pit in one of the bedrooms. I don't know that he could have trained Ming to use it though. Females with cubs will bury their feces so as not to attract predators, but other than that big cats leave their poop in the open at the edges to openly mark their territory.
I imagine Ming just shit and pissed wherever he wanted to. He probably sprayed every edge of that apartment, too.
This reminds me of the murder of Kitty Genovese. She was murdered in the street outside her apartment in Queens, NY and dozens of people heard her screams, yet no one called police.
I was at the Columbus Zoo years ago and a tiger came up and sprayed the viewing glass where we were standing. The stench just about knocked us over and we noped the fuck out of there immediately.
I read an interview where Yates said he only left the apartment for one hour a day - 7-8am - to get food for his animals. He said he spent the other 23 hours a day, every day, with Ming and the others. According to him, he did not work at all. So how was he paying his bills??? And all that animal food on top of it? This whole story is jacked as fuck.
I'm thinking that's could be accurate, but I don't know. Some articles said 350 and others said 425. The article I lifted the picture from said 350, so I went with that. The sanctuary Ming went to only said he was healthy, but didn't list a weight. On the other hand, bengal tigers are fully grown at about 5 years of age and ~500 pounds. Since Ming was only 3 years old, it's possible he was still in the 350-375 range.
He was tranquilized and transported to a wildlife refuge in Ohio, where he lived happily among other tigers for over 15 years. Well, as happily as any other captive wild animal can live. But at least he wasn't trapped in a dingy apartment in NYC.
As I understand it, the apartment was on the 5th floor. The officer repelled down from the 7th floor and shot the tiger through the window with a tranquilizer gun. The tiger went down after about 5 minutes. They then entered the apartment and a vet gave Ming another shot of sedative. 6 guys then took it down the elevator and it was transported to a wildlife sanctuary in Ohio.
A guy kept a tiger in a NYC housing authority apartment for 3 years, at which point the tiger attacked him. He called 911 claiming he'd been bitten by a pit bull, but the doctors figured out it was bullshit. The cops showed up at the apartment and found a tiger there.
I recall this incident from when it happened, and this iconic photo has been stuck in my head ever since. And I live a long way from NYC. This story was everywhere. If you're still in contact with Joh Roca, tell him he made the front page of reddit today. He might get a kick out of that.
Thanks everyone for the Happy Cake Day shout-outs. Lame I know, but I can't keep up with thanking everyone individually! I appreciate it!
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Nobody was hurt, thankfully. The police safely tranquilized Ming and he was taken to an animal sanctuary in Ohio.
S01 EP4, A Tiger Loose in Harlem
The apartment was on the 5th floor, so the guy had to rappel down from the roof.
How do you not smell the urine and feces a cat that size must have produced every day?
Here's an article about the whole story: https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-ming-harlem-tiger-dead-20191001-pep6h2tgmzfo3kzp2hf63nt5wm-story.html