Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution says:
Sunday cat blogging
Where do most tigers live?
In the United States it turns out. There are 4,000 tigers residing in captivity in Texas alone, where private ownership of tigers is legal. The number of tigers left in the wild is perhaps no more than 5,100-7,500.
A tiger cub costs about $1,000 while the more exotic blue-eyed white tiger costs $15,000.
Ooh, tigers. Lions, too. Cats, all of them, who are just as fierce but they’re littler so we can risk keeping them.
I went to an antique-car show in Texas years ago, and a PR person showed up with a lion cub on a leash, promoting a local safari park. A friend of mine sidled over, and petted the cub.
It bit him.
Not seriously, and I’m in no doubt that he thinks a loss of blood from a lion bite was a price worth paying for the story value.
So he went into the hotel’s restroom to wash off the blood and the guy at the next sink over asked, “Hey, what happened to you?”
Truthful response: “I was just bitten by a lion.”
Rapid evasive behavior ensued.