Killer tiger lured with scent of 'Obsession' cologne

Lynne Adkins
November 11, 2018 - 12:09 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Hunters in India recently lured a killer tiger into the open with just the scent of cologne. 

A sniff of Calvin Klein's 'Obsession for Men' was a female tiger's downfall. It could be a lure for humans too, according to Dr. Pamela Dalton, of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia.

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She says fragrances are enticing because they mimic the scent of another person, or, in this case, another animal.

"Many of the compounds that are used in fragrance materials, although they're no longer natural, they do represent compounds that people naturally emit under emotional conditions like stress, fear or relaxation," Dalton said, "so we may be responding to those fragrances on that basis."

She says odors are the oldest sensory cues alerting us to stay or go.