As fans of the Life of Pi know, the above question’s answer is, “The story with animals is the better story.” The quotation’s featured animal is a Bengal Tiger, named Richard Parker, which is more than a bit out of place in the story’s marine setting. Our ocean story, too, raises Pi’s question. In 1996, Paradise Village accepted a rescued tiger from the Mexican government. Another followed. During the next 14 years, 76 tigers were born through 9 different females and 3 different males. These tigers are now in zoos through out Mexico and South America. As a 23 year volunteer of the Seattle Aquarium, Eulalie is very familiar with the different perspectives regarding captive animals. Her work included carrying for marine mammals born at the Aquarium to rescued animals and their offspring. We anticipate comments on this post that reflect these varied perspectives. That said, we have appreciated the opportunity to view these spectacular creatures at such close quarters (although not as close as Pi to Richard Parker).
Paradise Village Marina and Resort’s tigers.
Up close and personal.
These two were not present during our stay. Photo courtesy of Paradise Village.