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Newsletter 63
10/01/13

The Rumble in the Jungle


The male tigers rear up, boxing and throwing the claws forward to protect the throat and spine (Yvette van Bommel)

I recently watched on TV a rerun of the boxing match between George Foreman and Mohammed Ali in Kinshasa. 

This is perhaps the most famous fight in the history of boxing and was called "The Rumble in the Jungle". 

George Foreman towered over Ali and was a clear favourite to win the fight by a knockout. 

If ever a fight was won with intelligence, strategy and instinct, it was this one. 

Ali, in 40 degree heat and high humidity, employed the now famous "rope a dope", causing Foreman to punch himself out and become exhausted. Sensing that Foreman was a spent force, Ali turned the tables on Foreman and knocked him out in the 8th round. 

Recently I  witnessed a similar "Rumble in the Jungle" at Tiger Canyons between "Shy Boy" and "Mahindra", two big male tigers. 

The boxers have padded gloves on their hands. The tigers have 5 curved sharp, vicious meat hooks, which extend when fighting.  

Boxers have been known to use their teeth, witness when Mike Tyson bit off Holyfield's ear. Tigers have long upper and lower canines and if they can get the opponent by the throat, they will use those canines to suffocate him to death. 


If the tiger can get the opponent onto the ground, he will use the interlocking canines to suffocate his rival (Yvette van Bommel)

When boxers feel they are losing a round, they will often go down on one knee in a submissive position and simulate a knock down to buy time. "Mahindra" when he felt he was losing, went down onto the ground in a submissive position. As soon as "Mahindra" submitted "Shy Boy" called off the attack. A boxer is not allowed to punch an opponent when he's down.


"Mahindra" submits to "Shy Boy" by rolling on his back (Yvette van Bommel)

Before a fight, boxers will try to stare down an opponent to intimidate them. Both tigers during the fight went nose to nose, staring into each others eyes for several minutes. 


The male tigers stare each other down in an attempt to intimidate the opposition (Yvette van Bommel)

During the "Rumble in the Jungle", Ali continued to talk to Foreman, trying to intimidate him verbally. Throughout the tiger fight, both tigers growled continuously trying to intimate the opponent. 

To prevent "Shy Boy" getting behind him to inflict a spine bite, "Mahindra" backed into a thorn bush which provided protection behind him. In the Rumble in the Jungle, Ali would back into the corner of the ring, forcing Foreman to approach him from the front. 

Angela Dundee, Ali's trainer, claimed that Foreman became fatigued because he missed with so many punches. A missed punch takes more out of a boxer than one that lands. In the tiger fight, swiping paws took tremendous energy from the cats. 

"Shy Boy" and "Mahindra's" paw speed defied the human eye, considerably faster than any human being can throw 


The paw speed defies the human eye, faster than any human boxer can throw (John Varty)

By mutual agreement, the cats stop to rest during the fight. In boxing, it's more formalized and after 3 minutes of boxing, a bell is rung and the boxers rest for 2 minutes.

"Mahindra" now employs another strategy. He gets onto an outcrop of rocks to get above his opponent. Now "Shy Boy" must fight from below. "Shy Boy" counters by getting onto higher rocks above "Mahindra". On the sharp rocks, it is too dangerous for the two tigers to fight. It's a stalemate! 

From the higher rocks, "Shy Boy" proclaims himself the winner. He struts back and forth marking his territory. "Mahindra" remains below in a submissive posture.

In the "Rumble in the Jungle", Ali's hand raised high and his supporters lift him in triumph and Ali jumps onto the ropes, while Foreman sits dejected on his stool, head bowed in a defeated  posture. 

Therefore, like the "Rumble in the Jungle" the two male tigers employed, intimidation, communication, ritual and strategy. There is virtually no difference between 2 heavyweight boxers and 2 male tigers fighting, except that in boxing the fighting has been formalized. 

In the case of the boxers, the loser loses his title and in the case of the tigers, the defeated tiger can lose his life. 

The tiger fight is raw, brutal and primal and death for one or both tigers is never far away. 

However, in battle once again the similarities between tigers and humans are exposed. Both are predators, both have forward facing eyes and both species are aggressive. The only difference is, humans spend $10 million a minute on fighting, war and destruction. Tiger spend just their energy. 

The war between humans and tigers is "one sided" to say the least. There are around 1000 wild tigers left, at a loss of a tiger per day (45,000 tigers are incarcerated in cages by human beings).

The human population now exceeds 7 billion. 

Let me thank you all for the wonderful support you gave me during 2012, especially during and after the tiger attack. 

Wishing you all the very best health and happiness for the New Year and many successful tiger and leopard pictures. 


JV Image Library 

The best of JV's images have been placed in a library.
www.jvbigcats.co.za/imagelibrary/imagelibrary.htm

All images are shot on a Nikon D4 and are in raw and jpeg format. No images have been photoshopped and are produced as they were shot. 

The images can be purchased individually or companies can select 12 images and we will but them into a calendar with your company logo on it. 

All income will go to Tiger Conservation. 

For details and prices, contact Sunette at info@jvbigcats.co.za


Photo Competition 

Remember closing date for the photo competition is  30th September. You should submit 3 leopard and 3 tigers pictures. 

The prize is a Big Cat Safari, 3 nights at Londolozi, 3 nights at Tiger Canyons for 2 people. 

Rules are on the website
www.jvbigcats.co.za/gamedrives.htm


Wanted 

An experienced editor to cut programmes for broadcasters and YouTube. Must be trained on Final Cut Pro and be able to photoshop. Contact Sunette info@jvbigcats.co.za

Tread Lightly on the Earth
JV

Tread lightly on the Earth

info@jvbigcats.co.za
Copyright 2007 @jvbigcats  All rights reserved


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