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Monday, July 1, 2013

Call Of The Wild

Remember those three teenagers who were taunting and throwing things at the Siberian tiger at the San Francisco Zoo five years ago? Allegedly they even jumped inside the railing to taunt it, which enraged the tiger. The tiger jumped the twelve and a half foot wall and then gave them a good whooping, killing one and maiming the other two. The tiger was then shot by police and the families successfully sued the zoo. This cartoon idea was just a caption in my sketchbook from a long time ago, so I decided to finally draw it up today. At the same time it reminded me of that SF Zoo story, so I looked it up to read about it again. It's a shame what humans do to animals.

15 comments:

  1. This is a GREAT post! Nothing better than a few words of truth mixed with humor and art.

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    1. Thanks, Tom. It was supposed to be a light-hearted, funny cartoon but after I wrote the paragraph beneath it, it kind of took on a more serious tone. Odd when that happens.

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    1. Oh good! Gay laughed like a drain. That's a great compliment, I love it.
      But I don't know what it means. haha

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  3. Good one, Ted! BUT...she doesn't look very tasty.

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    1. Haha. Well, they thought about it, but she's sour-faced and smells like the Savannah.

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    2. You shoulda made her smell like a can of cat food--and given her a drop of eau de catnip behind each ear.

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  4. Next frame.....: Nine lions eaten by Angry social worker!

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  5. Send the social worker to sit with SF teenagers who think it's fun to taunt a tiger.

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  6. It's too bad the tiger didn't kill all 3 before he was taken out. Wait - did I actually type that? Yes, yes I did. People suck.
    Love the comic, though. Would love to see the next frame. I'd imagine you'd need a lot of red for that....

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  7. We are a sad and sorry lot. Those stories piss me off to no end. What a waste of a very good tiger. The ones circulating now are about people stealing puppies and horses from homes & pastures to sell.

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  8. hahahah, this is brilliant! Those lions look beautiful. In a please don't eat me kinda way!
    Barely a snack on that little lady. She's got a face like a slapped ass! haha. That story is mental!

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  9. "It's a shame what humans do to animals" very true, unfortunately. But not only to animals :(

    And Tom Sarmo said it very wel. Good piece here, Ted.

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  10. I love how you designed the social worker.
    She seems to radiate with joy! (on the inside)

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  11. This is an interesting one, particularly after you read your backstory for it. I'm on your side of the fence with this one - that animal was just doing what it was born to do, defend itself. It should not have been shot. Rather, it should have been tranquilized and moved to another zoo. And to think those families won in court? What a world!

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