I just don’t get it. While my heart goes out to the poor women’s family, I can’t understand how anyone could be shocked over the tragic death of the female trainer at Sea World because she was killed by Shamu the Killer Whale. Shocking because her life was taken from her too soon, yes. But when it comes to ‘wild’ animals how could anyone be shocked when the animals don’t act how we think they should. Sure wild animals we have in captivity are trained to some extent, but an animal’s instinct and behavior always prevails.
Take for example that horrible incident in Connecticut where the owner of a 200 pound chimpanzee attacked and mauled her friend who was visiting. It is only shocking because we don’t hear of such stories. The monkey was stabbed by its owner and finally shot by police, which was necessary and appalling at the same time. Why appalling…because it is not the moneky’s fault for being aggressive (the animal had recently been given Xanax due to aggitation prior to the incident), and it shouldn’t have had to die because it acted like, well, an aggressive monkey. The question I’d like to know is “why was it out of it’s cage to begin with?”
The most well known ‘trained’ wild animal versus man tragedy happened in Las Vegas when after having 30,000 perfectly timed shows, Seigfried and Roy were once again performing and one of the tigers decided it was in a bad mood and attacked Roy Horn. While it is no laughing matter whatsoever, I do jest when I say the tiger was in a bad mood, because here is a clip from a recent news article on the Killer Whale Incident at Sea world that I came across in a Sydney paper with a comment about Shamu’s mood:
Animals do not need to cooperate with humans. They do it to humor us and for a treat. Their moods are just as erratic as humans and one they sometimes cannot articulate in a manner in which we understand.
Another strange comment I came across in the same news article highlighted below:
How do you investigate an animal? Will they sweat them out in an interrogation room and question each and every aquatic creature to get to the bottom of this?
It is plain and simple. Anything could have struck Shamu’s proverbial mood. Wild animals are wild animals. I think the problem is that we become used to only certain animals being capable of injury and death, such as the shark or a bear. We become complacent around ‘domesticated’ or trained animals. If you put it all into perspective, it is sad and tragic when animals hurt humans, but it is not something that should surprise anyone.