Man had seen many events through the ages, but never again would he witness an event of this nature. The room was packed with journalists and dignitaries from all over the world. Cameramen from across the world had gathered to capture this moment, a moment that would mark the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the planet, or perhaps a new ending.
A few minutes later everybody stopped their conversations and turned towards the stage. Four very well built men, followed by three armed guards marched on to the stage carrying a cage. The cage didn’t have a regular inmate; it was the last surviving tiger.
All the cameramen jostled for space, they all wanted to take the best shot possible. A couple of minutes later an unexpected man, wearing a white coat entered the room. He was the famous Dr Dolittle. Without wasting any time, he got hold of mike and spoke to the audience who were now left speechless because of the new development. “Ladies and gentlemen, as you know the tiger you see in this cage is the last surviving tiger on our planet. However, he is very ill and can leave us any moment. But, before that, he would like to say a few words to all of you and to the people watching this live on their television sets. As you can’t understand what he says, I’ll translate it for you.”
As the tiger spoke, Dr. Dolittle translated:
“I am supposed to be the most powerful and feared creature on this planet, and the fact that I am caged even though I am ill and not in a state to harm anyone, clearly shows that the fear still exists. When I was a kid, my father used to tell me that we were the strongest species on earth. He used to tell me stories about my grandfather and great grandfather. He used to tell me about how huge our community was once upon a time and how it started dwindling as man started to encroach upon our land. He always told me that we should be proud of who were and I grew up believing that.
The, one night when my mother went out to hunt for us, she never returned. The next morning we got the news that a poacher had killed her and ripped off her entire skin. I asked my father a few days later, “Dad, you said we were the most powerful species on the planet and nobody could harm us. Then why was mom so brutally killed? Don’t you wish we were humans?” My dad looked at me and said, “No my son, we are the most powerful race even today. Yes, it’s a fact that humans have been gifted with a better brain than us. But with that they have also been gifted with greed and arrogance. They believe they control the entire planet. They believe they can kill all life and still exist, little do they know, their existence is dependent on us. They have forgotten that we are at the top of the food chain and the day we get whipped out, mankind wouldn’t take too long either.” I wish he had told this to you people. But then, you people don’t listen to beings of your own type, what will you listen to us?
Anyway few years later my dad died the same way my mom did, except that this time they had taken the nails too. It made me sad and angry, but as always we had no choice to move on. What would you do if someone kills your mom and dad in such a brutal manner? I am sure you would want to kill that person in the same way too, wouldn’t you? But we have no options. We have to move ahead in life and forget the past.
A few years later I was taken away, locked in a cage and kept in the zoo. There I made many friends; many little kids would come and feel happy when they saw me. Today many of them must be sitting amongst you. I just want to ask them, ‘What are you going to tell your kids about me? How are you going to give them the same happiness that you got when you saw me? Tomorrow when they question you about your misdeeds, what will you tell them?’ By putting a full stop to our race, you have put their existence in danger.’
I want you all to do one thing for me today. Just close your eyes and go back into your childhood. Think of all the people who have been a part of your life, think about all the amazing time you must have had with them. Now, how would you feel if all this just vanishes one day and all the people you have grown up with had been killed? We were sent on this planet by the same god that sent you. We have the same emotions that you people do. I know I can’t change anything, but, I want you to understand that other species have a right to live too! You have managed to put our species in the list of extinct species, but, please don’t do this to any other species again. If not for them, do it for your future.”
This speech was published on the front page of every leading news paper, but below that was even bigger news – the last tiger was no more. The mighty animal was now officially wiped off the face of this planet.
The last surviving man dies. Mankind comes to an end.
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