Let’s be honest – Captivity Sucks!
While in Chang Mai in Thailand, my then girlfriend now wife and I, went to the Tiger Kingdom park. I’m not a big fan of zoos and seeing animals behind cages but this was a chance to interact with some tigers.
I couldn’t pass up on it.
To be honest, the whole experience was a fantastic one. However, the entire experience took a bit of a nose dive when I saw this lion in the cage. It looked so forlorn and lonely. It spent its time with its head against the wire cage staring blankly outwards.
I’m not sure why I felt sorrier about the lion than I did for the tigers who were also in cages. Perhaps it was because the tigers had other tigers to play with; or maybe is was because being from Africa myself I related more to the lions as one of my own than I did with the tigers.
Either way, the feeling I got watching this lion can be summed up simply in the quote below:
“I’d rather be a free man in my grave, than to live life as a puppet or a slave” – Jimmy Cliff