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Saturday, February 3, 2024

Tiger ! ~ புலி உறுமுது புலி உறுமுது !

When a man kills a Tiger – it is called Sport; when Tiger kills a man, it is ferocity – a quote attributed to George Bernard Shaw.  

புலி உறுமுது புலி உறுமுது !   இடி இடிக்குது இடி இடிக்குது

கொடிப் பறக்குது கொடிப் பறக்குது!  வேட்டைக்காரன் வரதப்பாத்து

கொல நடுங்குது கொல நடுங்குது 

தெலுங்கு மொழியில் 'எத்துக்கு பை எத்து' எனும் பெயரில் வெளிவந்த படம் சிலருக்கு ஞாபகம் இருக்கலாம். இது தமிழில் ரஜினி, கமல் ஸ்ரீப்ரியா நடித்து 1977ல் வெளிவந்த  "ஆடு புலி ஆட்டம் (Aadu Puli Attam)"  தமிழ் படத்தின் தழுவல்.  The film is remembered for Rajinikanth's famous punch dialogue  "Idhu thaan Rajini style"  , which he says several times in the film. 

In every Zoo they would be the prime attraction – the  largest of all the Asian big cats, ‘Tigers’ -  rely primarily on sight and sound rather than smell. They typically hunt alone and stalk prey. A tiger can consume up to 88 pounds of meat at one time. The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest cat species, most recognisable for their pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with a lighter underside.  Tigers are predators, territorial and generally solitary but social animals, often requiring large contiguous areas of habitat that support their prey requirements.  Their areas have been shrinking. Tigers lost 93% of their natural habitat due to the expansion of cities and agriculture by humans.  

The lambs and tigers game locally referred as the game of goats and tigers (Tamil: Āu-puli āṭṭam, Telugu: Mē̃ka-puli āa, Kannada: Āu-huli āa) is a strategic, two-player (or 2 teams) Tiger  hunt game that is played in south India. The game is asymmetric in that one player controls three tigers and the other player controls up to 15 lambs/goats. The tigers 'hunt' the goats while the goats attempt to block the tigers' movements.


Here is a Tiger pictured by me at Bannerghatta zoo Bengaluru recently

With regards – S Sampathkumar

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