TAMING THE TIGERS is a gripping one-hour documentary showing the unique
relationship between trainers and tigers in captivity.
The programme addresses the question of whether tigers can be tamed or
simply trained, with stories aplenty of tigers that have lost control and
attacked their keepers.
Tiger trainers around the world have been filmed for this special: from
legendary Russian entertainer Nickolai Pavlenko; to Hollywood tiger
specialist Rick Glassey, the man who teaches his tigers to perform for major
There are also moments of wonder as the cycle of tiger mating and birthing
is recorded at a facility in Thailand. Rare footage of a tiger giving birth
is shown, after which the new-born cub suckles from a large sow.
One sequence involves tigers swimming, others show tigers being trained for
public performances: leaping through hoops of fire, and walking on tight
In one dramatic scene, 10 tigers walk side by side around a ring, controlled
by one lone man and his baton.
These are evocative images of powerful and innately aggressive animals, as
they learn to trust and work with Man.
And while they first appear to be big harmless pussy cats, their behaviour
is anything but.
One of the keepers being filmed has to be hospitalised after a particularly
Four continents, four tiger experts... and their talent, the tigers. Tamed
or just trained?
Episodes : 1
Runtime : 60 mins
Definition : SD
Production Company : A Grainger Television production
YOP : 2001