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In Life of Pi, we see Pi's father put a live goat at the gate of Richard Parker's cage.

In one shot, the goat is tied standing outside the confinement that holds Richard Parker. We see the tiger approaching slowly before jumping onto the prey.

The the camera cuts to let us see the expressions of Pi's family.

Then the camera goes back to Richard Parker holding the goat in his teeth, without any evidence that the gate was opened and closed.

Is it possible that the goat was squeezed in between metal bars of the cage?

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    "Is it possible that the goat was squeezed in between metal bars of the cage?" Yes, Tiger is a strong and powerful animal and the bars are wide enough for the tiger to make the goat squeeze between the bars. My guess for not showing it in the movie is, It's a "PG" rated movie, so, no violence. – chaitanya89 Mar 17 '15 at 11:03
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After rewatching the clip, it looks like the goat's shoulders are more narrow than the bars of the cage. Richard Parker would have easily been able to drag the goat through.

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