Friday, December 30, 2011

Riding Tigers

My husband and I were having a very important conversation yesterday. It needs to be shared in order to speed up any current research, and possibly provide funding to said research.

Steven and I would like to live in a world where, one day, in our son's lifetime, he will have the option to ride a tiger... like a horse... without fear of being mauled. We have no idea where this idea came from...

The first step to doing this will be to domesticate the tigers. "Won't that take centuries of breeding?", you say. Hopefully not. This study, by researchers at the Russian Academy of Sciences and Cornell University has found it possible to domesticate wild foxes within 40 generations. This particular study began in 1959, and has produced a fox with similar behaviors to a dog. Considering that tigers reach breeding age at 3 years and advancements in human longevity, Quinn may indeed get the chance to ride a tiger.

Of course, creating a rideable tiger is more difficult that domesticating a fox, what with the endangeredness and likelihood of being mauled. This is why it is imperative to find your nearest Tiger Institute of Genetic Enhancement for Riding (TIGER) facility and donate money or volunteer your time to their research. Together, we can create a world where we can ride tigers.

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