Truth is, it really just doesn’t matter. My soapbox. The more I think about it, the more I realize that there are very few acceptable solutions for this type of situation. What good is it going to do for me to rant? To nitpick? To pull it apart? It won’t. It will not change what is, because like many causes…there are pros and cons.
Last Saturday, I went to a fundraiser at this wildlife refuge center thing. The money is all supposed to go towards the taking care of the animals. I’ll reserve my opinions and assumptions. All, I do know for sure is that it was $27.50 a ticket, a way longer drive than Google maps led me to believe that it was, and filled with rude-selfish people. People….I cannot really blame them. It wasn’t really their fault.
We were in a not-near-big-enough room and there were only four cubs. We were all there for one reason and one reason only…to see baby tiger cubs. So what are you going to do? Make sure that happens. Some of us hung back and let the cubbies come to us while the others swarmed and encircled them. They were aggressive and go-getters, but it made sense. Playing with baby tigers could be equivalent to being in a money tube. You’ve got to be aggressive and selfish. Maybe that says more about me than it does about them…that I just can’t seem to do that. I’m a persistent go-getter, but getting aggressive and closing people out to get what I want isn’t really in my nature.
As far as this wildlife refuge center….I get it. These wildlife refuge, preserve type places. These babies have to have somewhere to go.
Okay..yes, ideally, these guys would be released back into the wild, but sadly the truth is….the animals in these centers cannot be released back into the wild. That is also no fault of the center.
They’re a rescue, which means that the animal…that baby, was already in a situation that they should not have been in, because someone else was selfish. So, what do you do? We could say that a zoo is better. We could, but zoos are also not without criticisms. There is a no win-win situations. Rescues have to be licensed and their establishments have to be approved. So despite our opinions, they have obviously met state regulations and in some cases they really are better than the alternative. Not always, I won’t say that, but sometimes.
My opinions aside about things that should have been changed, and I do have a soapbox filled, I know that this was an opportunity that most will never have and I’m a little selfish. I mean after all, I got to pet a baby tiger. Who wouldn’t love to do that at least once? Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.
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