Shakespeare’s Tiger: Extinct

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Behold the Caspian tiger–known to Shakespeare as the Hyrcanian tiger (mentioned in Macbeth, Act 3, Sc. 4)–shown here in a European zoo, in the 19th century.

Once upon a time the Caspian tiger roamed Asia from Turkey to China. Its closest relative, the Siberian tiger, was only a little larger. This magnificent beast was wiped out just before the end of the 20th century–yet another example of how poorly communist countries served as stewards of the natural world. The Soviet Union finished them off.

Tigers in Turkey? Well, yeah. And a lot longer ago than that, the favorite sport of the kings of Assyria, in what is now Iraq, was lion-hunting. No more lions around there now, either.

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Seems a pity, doesn’t it?

This is Mr. Nature, waiting for God’s restoration and regeneration of the world.

5 comments on “Shakespeare’s Tiger: Extinct

  1. Such a gorgeous animal – and even more so to a cat person. We can’t begin to fathom the imagination of God even when we see the diversity of animals, birds, fish, plants – all the beauty He gave us to grace our lives.

  2. Sad to see when animals go extinct. How I would love to see a Saber-toothed tiger and Woolly Mammoth.

  3. The News Media mourned the death of Stephen Hawkins. I didn’t, he was an antichrist promoting atheism. What do godless communists care about preserving animal life? They believe man is the measure of all things and the State is god walking on the earth.

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