Tiger Loose on the Freeway Is the Worst Possible Time to Own a Convertible

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When you have more money than you can count, life can sometimes seem a bit boring. I know, it's tough being born on top of huge oil reservoirs, but somebody's got to do it.
That's how you get gold-plated cars, station wagon Ferraris and the highest density of the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 behemoth than anywhere on the planet. People are in constant competition with each other to own the weirdest things possible. But if splashing out some poorer country's yearly budget on an unusable supercar is out of your reach, you can always buy a tiger. Yes, you heard that right. After all, it's nothing but a bigger pussycat.

It's enough to read the news to see how these attempts to domesticate big cats usually end, or just follow a big cat sanctuary on Facebook and they'll tell you why adopting a fluffy little lion because your daughter loved Simba in The Lion King is a certain recipe for disaster. It's how people get mauled or killed. Just think of all the times your cat pawed you, and then imagine that paw had steak knife claws and weighed as much as a sledgehammer.

And yet some see no harm done in putting a collar on a wild animal and pretend like it's their pet. They probably got so carried away thinking little Shere Khan here was a dog, that they even cracked open the window to let him get some air. Only they cracked it a little too much, and the striped feline jumped out of the car and in the middle of a busy highway in Doha, Qatar. Actually, it fell out of a truck, but I like my story better.

Luckily, the owner was able to catch the tiger before anyone got hurt, but he seemed completely unphased by the fact he almost caused a monster crash, or that his scared tiger could have attacked somebody. Just imagine you were enjoying the warm air and overcast weather in a convertible car, when Felix here went by. Sure, he seems to be still a cub, but that's a 150-pound tiger no matter how you look at it.

So, no matter how bored you are, try to stick to the usual species when choosing a pet animal, and also make sure it won't fall out of the car on a busy highway, regardless whether it's a bull mastiff or a hamster. Or in case this was a circus tiger, just say "no" to shows that use wild animals: they are always mistreated and abused, and you don't want to encourage that by giving the abusers your money.

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"Boy meets car, boy loves car, boy gets journalism degree and starts job writing and editing at a car magazine" - 5/5. (Vlad Mitrache if he was a movie)
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