Accounts of Big Cat Attacks
What happens when big cats attack? You will be surprised just how many big cat attacks there have been.
The book is a partial listing (741) of incidents in the U.S. involving captive exotic cats since 1990. The U.S. incidents have resulted in the deaths of 23 humans, 16 adults and 5 children, the additional mauling of 252 more adults and children, 266 escapes, the killing of 146 big cats, and 133 confiscations.
There have also been 248 big cat incidents outside the U.S. that have resulted in the deaths of 85 humans and the mauling of 134 humans by captive big cats. These figures only represent the headlines that Big Cat Rescue has been able to track.
Because there is no reporting agency that keeps such records the actual numbers are certainly much higher.
I went into this book knowing full well what this book entails. It is a collection of accounts of big cat–lion, tigers, leopard, etc–attacks. The listing of attacks is only a partial listing, and the figure only represents headlines that the Sanctuary was able to track. Unfortunately, there is no agency to keep records of such attacks. Common sense must lead us to assume that the number is much higher than what is reported in the novel.
It is already the middle of February 2017. There have already been four big cat attacks in January. The frequency of these attacks is alarming to me.
While the subject matter is about animal attacks, there was at least one time that an entry was about a big cat and her kittens were videotaped. There was no attack, and I was a bit confused as for why it would be listed with the others. It was obvious that the cat was treated as a pet. While I understand the reasoning why an escaped exotic cat threatens local wild cats, I feel that this makes Chapter One of the book go off on a tangent. It would be better to place it in Chapter Two.
Chapter Two of Big Cat Attacks: Accounts of Big Cats focused on keeping an exotic cat as a pet.
Baskins gives excellent detail as for why these magnificent creatures would be horrible pets. For example, big cats are twelve times stronger than people. If you ever own a domesticated cat, then you know that scratches come with the partnership between your cat and yourself. Now, imagine the carnage that a big cat can inflict even if he or she were playing.
I would recommend this novel to anyone who is curious on how many animal attacks that there are during a particular time frame, as well as animal rights advocates.