How Did Ahsoka Tame The Tiger?

Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi allowed us to see a tale of two Jedi, as Ahsoka Tano’s origins were explored in this storyline. In episode 1, we saw how she was raised by her Togruta tribe on the planet of Shili, as they followed a more traditional way of living that relied on hunting and what the land had to offer. Ahsoka’s mother took her hunting while she was just a year old, and that was when she was abducted by a tiger-like beast that nearly ate her before she was able to tame it. So, how did Ahsoka tame the tiger?

Ahsoka tamed the tiger through her natural abilities with the Force because Force users can mentally and emotionally connect with animals using the Force. This is called beast control or animal kinship, which is an innate ability among Force users, as it is one of the most common skills learned at a young age.

The fact that Ahsoka was able to mentally and emotionally connect with a beast at such an early age was amazing to see, as that was proof of the fact that she was indeed stronger in the Force than most other Force users. It was also how the members of her village discovered that her ultimate calling was to be a Jedi. That said, let’s look at how Ahsoka tamed the tiger in Tales of the Jedi.

How Did Ahsoka Tame The Tiger?

Episode 1 of Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi allowed us to see the origins of one of our favorite Jedi as it explored the time when Ahsoka Tano was still just a baby. She was living with a somewhat traditional family in a close-knit village on the planet of Shili. And it was clear that they still followed the old ways when Ashoka’s birth was such a big event for the entire village.

When Ahsoka was a year old, her mother took her to the forest so that she would understand the meaning of life and death in nature. They went hunting together, and her mother was able to kill a deer-like animal that they were supposed to bring back home to the village to feed the people. However, what they didn’t know was that a tiger-like creature was stalking them.

The tiger attacked Ahsoka’s mom, who fought back as hard as she could to protect her child. Backup came in the form of the villagers that were able to chase the tiger off. However, the beast took off with Ahsoka so that it could bring her to its lair and eat it there.

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In the lair, Ahsoka was seemingly unaware of what was happening due to her innocence and youth. The tiger was about to eat her, but she reached her hand out to it, as the beast stopped and seemingly understood that it wasn’t supposed to it Ahsoka. This beast brought Ahsoka back to the village in one peace, as the village elder realized that Ahsoka was a Jedi. But how was Ahsoka able to tame the tiger?

The Jedi are capable of connecting with animals and beasts using the Force. This is called beast control or animal kinship, which is something that we’ve seen time and time again in the Star Wars continuity. That means that this isn’t something that’s entirely new to the Star Wars galaxy, as several Jedi have displayed this ability.

It was the fact that Ahsoka was able to use beast control on the tiger that made it clear that she was exceptionally gifted with the Force, as the village elder was quick to conclude that she was a Jedi and that her ultimate fate was to become a Jedi. But the fact that she was able to use this skill innately at such a young age means that her gifts with the Force were already great at the time of her childhood.

What Is Beast Control?

Now that you know that Ahsoka Tano used beast control to tame the tiger in episode 1 of Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi, let’s take a closer look at what beast control or animal kinship really is, as this is something that we’ve seen quite a lot of times in the continuity.

Basically, beast control is the ability of a Force user to connect mentally and emotionally with an animal to the point that it allows the user to actually control it without even saying anything. This has been seen in the fact that anyone who has ever used it didn’t even need to say anything to the animal or use violence to tame it.

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For example, in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Anakin Skywalker was able to tame and ride a reek during the First Battle of Geonosis. Another example is the fact that Grogu, during the events of The Book of Boba Fett, was able to tame and put to sleep Boba Fett’s rampaging Rancor. Grogu’s ability to use beast control on such a huge creature is not only a testament to his gifts with the Force but also to the fact that this Force ability seems to be something that is innate within all Force users and does not need a lot of training to master.

However, Obi-Wan Kenobi proved that beast control isn’t as easy as it looks, especially when it comes to controlling multiple animals. On the planet of Ryloth, Obi-Wan used that ability to tame and control a pack of gutkurrs to lure them into a trap. However, it was clear that it took a lot of effort for him to influence multiple creatures at once, even though this skill isn’t necessarily one that only the best Jedi can use.

As such, when Ahsoka Tano displayed her abilities when she was just a baby, that means that she was already quite gifted with the Force. It is also possible that her Togruta tribe’s innate connection with nature was one of the things that allowed her to become gifted in using this Force ability.

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