The first time we gave someone a Darwin Award was here. Before then we always avoided announcing such awards because the Darwin Award is a misuse of Darwin’s name. According to Wikipedia, the Darwin award is:
a tongue-in-cheek honor … to recognize individuals who contribute to human evolution by self-selecting themselves out of the gene pool through putting themselves (unnecessarily) in life-threatening situations
But as before, today’s news is just too good to ignore. You’ve probably already heard about it. According to NBC’s Channel 4 in New York: Man Who Jumped into Tiger Den at Bronx Zoo Charged. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Before his now-infamous tangle with a Bronx Zoo tiger, David Villalobos adorned his Facebook page with New Age odes to Mother Earth and affirmations like, “Be love and fearless.”
Police said Saturday that Villalobos had told detectives that it was without fear that he leaped from an elevated train into the animal’s den. His reason, they said, was that “he wanted to be one with the tiger.”
We know — the man’s not dead yet, so technically he doesn’t qualify for the award. Nevertheless, we judge him worthy because he certainly has what it takes to remove himself from the gene pool, and he’s likely to achieve that status before too long. Therefore, even though it’s a bit premature, we’re giving him the award anyway. On with the story:
Despite serious injuries, he [Villalobos] claimed he was able to get his wish and pet the tiger — a male Siberian named Bashuta — before his rescue, the spokesman added.
But that’s not being “one with the tiger.” Villalobos didn’t get his wish at all. Let’s read on:
Police had said earlier that Villalobos admitted to a police officer at the scene that he made a conscious decision to jump — “Everyone has a reason for what they do in life,” he was quoted as saying — but that his motives were murky and an arrest uncertain.
His motives were murky? Not to us! He wanted our award and he’s got it. We continue:
Villalobos remained hospitalized with bites and punctures on his arms, legs, shoulders and back, as well as a broken right shoulder, right rib, right ankle and pelvis and a collapsed lung. Police said there was no indication he was intoxicated.
He was alone with Bashuta for about 10 minutes before he was rescued by zoo officials, who used a fire extinguisher to chase the animal away.
The man knew what he was doing. The zoo people shouldn’t have interfered! Here’s one more excerpt:
“When someone is determined to do something harmful to themselves, it’s very hard to stop that,” said [zoo director Jim] Breheny. “The tiger did nothing wrong.”
So there you are. We congratulate David Villalobos, and we wish him well in the pursuit of his ultimate goal.
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