Last week, we found out that a real-life tiger almost drowned on the set of Life of Pi, and the film still was allowed a "no animals were harmed" certification. Ang Lee, the film's director, confirmed the almost-drowning but also defended the film's trainers, saying that the tiger received "five-star treatment" and received "as much [care] as we possibly could."
"It was an accident," Lee told reporters in Taiwan. "The crew worked hard to rescue the tiger and then showed him a lot of care, giving him five-star treatment ..." He added, "We gave a lot of care to the tiger, as much as we possibly could."
Lee's explanation for the care that the tiger received after almost drowning is comforting. But the care that the tiger received happened after the fact. And Lee still doesn't answer whether or not his film, like others, deserved to receive the "no animals were harmed during the making of this film" certification. And Lee still doesn't explain why that same amount of attention wasn't given to the tiger before its stunt or why one American Humane Association monitor monitor reportedly tried to "down-play the f--- out" of the incident.
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