Calvin Klein cologne may be a solution to India’s man-eating tiger problem. Tiger attack over the years have escalated specially with the habitat of the big cats being intruded and taken over by modernisation and development. With the geography plagued by illegal cattle grazing, encroachment, and expansion of a large private cement factory there is constant man-animal conflicts happening.
The 2014 wildlife report shows that there are just over 1,700 tigers left in the country. While India’s strong animal welfare lobby insists on capturing “man-eaters” alive, rather than shooting them down, this policy don’t always go as planned for the fearful villagers who either kill the animal or get killed. For this dilemma both for the big cats and the attacked, there could be a probable solution-Calvin Klein cologne.
Wildlife officials have said that they are willing to try this unconventional weapon of men’s fragrance as an option.
The Ck cologne was first experimented at Bronx Zoo
This experiment to lure the man-eating tigers was first experimented at Bronx Zoo in New York in 2003. The key ingredient is a synthetic version of the musk secreted by the civet, a small nocturnal mammal whose glandular liquid is prized for its powerful aroma.
And with animal rights activists losing their bid to kill the tigers even in cases of self-protection, this men’s fragrance seems a safe and viable option. Calvin Klein’s cologne, Obsession has been used to catch at least two other tigers in India. The perfume was first used in the tiger-preying region by HS Prayag, a senior veterinarian who studies large carnivores.
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“In 2015, there was a man-eater in Tamil Nadu, and so I requested CK Obsession to lure the animal,” he said. “I also tried using tiger urine but CK gave me better results.”
Chanel No 5 was also known to work, he said, “but because it is costly, I use CK Obsession”.
The Big cats are also obesessed with Obsession
It hence looks like Obsession is working its whiffs even with the big cats. Miguel Ordeñana, a biologist with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, said that the Calvin Klein Obsession for Men cologne is attractive to some big cats such as jaguars because it has “civetone.”
According to The Scientific American, “What we think is that the civetone resembles some sort of territorial marking to the jaguar,” he told the outlet, “and so it responds by rubbing its own scent on it.”