Written by Stephen Messenger
Working security at a preserve for big cats might seem like a pretty easy job, considering how well-equipped the animals are in fending for themselves. But for one guard at a tiger sanctuary in India, it wasn’t some outside mischief that posed the biggest challenge on the job — it was his own feelings of sexual inadequacy. According to officials, the 48-year-old guard charged with protecting a group of endangered Bengal tigers poisoned an adult female to death before removing several of its body parts, including the cat’s whiskers which he somehow believed would enhance his sexual prowess.
The Malaysian Sun Daily reports that the security guard admitted to authorities that he killed the six-year-old tigress, whose body was found mutilated last week at a sanctuary in Chhattisgarh, central India. After being arrested, the guard told authorities that he removed the cat’s claws, teeth, and whiskers, because he believes them to have magical medicinal properties — particularly in the bedroom.
Unfortunately, the guard’s cruelty and misguidedness couldn’t have come at a worse time for Bengal tigers. The big cats, native to India, are one of the most rapidly declining species on the planet; wildlife experts say there are only around 1,700 of the tigers left in existence — and the future doesn’t look promising. Threats from human activities, such as encroaching development in tiger habitats and poaching, continue to push tigers to the brink of extinction.
And evidently, not even the guards hired to protect them can be trusted.
This post was originally published by Treehugger.
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