Guard at Wildlife Sanctuary Kills Tiger For Its Whiskers


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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W. C
W. Cabout a year ago


William C
William Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

Susan O.
Susan O\\\'Toole5 years ago

Just kill him all so.

Tammy P.
Tammy P5 years ago

I am sickened by this story. This beautiful tiger didn't deserve to die. This man needs to die too.

sarah t.
sarah t5 years ago

signed and agree with the idea that this man deserves to be tortured like the tiger he killed SLOWLY POISON HIM LIKE HE DID THE TIGER! Whatever the strongest punishment he can receive he should get.Idiot!

Paul S.
Paul S5 years ago

Again with the putting the tiny brained example into a uniform and giving it responsibility? Another dumb-ass (impotent) proverbial cat put in charge of the cream. People - please! Who hired this oik? I hope to hear an update on this murderer's fate.

STEVEN SPARKS5 years ago

Maybe the poor guy did not grind the whiskers up but instead implanted ONE into his tiny little appendage thinking he would become a great treat for any near blind gal he met. He saved the rest of the whiskers for when the implant wore out or broke. Imagine how inadequate the little man felt before he inserted that ONE whisker. If he truly felt king of the world with the one implant such a person should not be allowed to pass along his genes and and be fed slowly to the earthworms. Who knows an earthworm may find the implanted appendage appealing.

Hope S.
Hope S5 years ago

Viagra should be extensively advertising in the Asian Countries.
They could save many of these endangered animals if they could convince these backward people that Viagra actually works while
animal parts only work in their mind.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

gladly signed

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago