Cat Videos: June 2008 Archives

I've been following the growth of the 3 Sumatran Tiger Cubs born at the Auckland Zoo. Yesterday, I posted a video of the cubs at 10 days old. This video is of the cubs at 12 days old by themselves in the den while the mommy, Molek is in another den. They are getting so chubby, their little bellies look very full as they nap and wait for Molek to return.

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Recently, I blogged about the 3 Sumatran Tiger Cubs born at the Auckland Zoo. That video showed the cubs when they were 6 days old. Now they are two weeks old and looking plump and cute. Still no word as to the sex of the cubs. Here is a video of the cubs at 10 days old with their mom, Molek.

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Christian_WithGeorge_Color.jpgThese two guys, Ace and John bought a lion cub from Herod's of London in the 1960's and named him Christian. But Christian, although quite tame, got too big and British officials would not allow them to keep him. So with the help of George Adamson, the first human to establish the idea of wildlife conservations, they took him to Africa to learn how to live in the wild at Kora National Park.

Now this story is already pretty interesting, in the 60's apparently you could buy a wild animal at a department store and take him home with you. But the story gets even better, after this lion was taken out to Africa, and was taught how to be a wild cat, Ace and John went back to Africa to see him. They were told by George, the man who trained him to be wild, that he had not been seen for 9 months. Which means that Christian has fully adapted to life in the wild. They were told that Christian won't remember the two men because it had been so long since he saw them last.

reunion1_t.jpgHere is where it gets really interesting. The night before John and Ace were to arrive at the camp out side the conservation area where Christian now lived, Christian, his lionesses and their cubs all showed up at the camp. Christian was waiting for John and Ace on top of a rock! According to George Adamson, who spent significant time with lions in the wild, he believed that lions have a mysterious, telepathic communication ability with humans. This was proof of that, Christian, who had no reason to come back to camp, returned with his pride to meet with his human friends.

This video shows Ace and John meeting with Christian and you can actually see Christians face change when he sees his old friends, then he runs to them and embraces them. This video shows the human like emotions that a lion is capable of feeling. Apparently, after the video, the three friends hung out at camp until the middle of the night when Christian returned to his pride leaving Ace and John exhausted.

Read the full story, complete with quotes and facts Christian, the lion who lived in my London living room. I'm trying to get a copy of the full length DVD - but for now, I've found video clips of the movie. Christian, the lion who thought he was people.

Look for the part when the lion first spots them at 0:35 secs. He recognizes Ace and John immediately! Then as he runs to them, you can almost feel Christian's excitement!

Other posts about Christian the Lion:

Christian playing with Ace and John (video)

Interview with Ace and John, July 31, 2008

Christian the Lion: The Movie Parts 1 and 2

Christian the Lion: The Movie Parts 3 and 4

Christian the Lion: The Movie Parts 5 and 6

Christian the Lion: The Movie Parts 7 and 8

Christian the Lion: The Movie Parts 9 and 10

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Figuring out if it makes sense to give your cat cantip or not? Here's a couple of factors to consider:

  • Catnip has a chemical compound that is thought to mimic the effects of a pheromone.
  • The effect catnip has on cats is similar to what LSD does to humans. (without the harmful effects)
  • Catnip is a perennial herb that is now native (originally from the Mediterranean region) to Canada and America.
  • If you live in certain climates, you can actually grow cat nip in your garden. Like Mint, if you're not careful, it will take over your garden.
  • Up to 30% of cats feel no effect from the plant. Some young kittens and senior kittens do not respond to it at all.
  • Although it is said that catnip is chemically related to the cannabis plant, your cats will not be harmed by it and will not become addicted to it.
  • So if you have a young kitten or an older cat, there's a chance that your cat may not feel the effects. The bottom line is that catnip is not harmful to your cat in any way. I'll actually be giving my cat catnip for the first time next week, I'll post the video for you guys to see its effects. In the mean time, check out this YouTube video showing cats on catnip. It's pretty funny actually.

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    It's a good week for tigers in the news! Yesterday, it was revealed that three Sumatran tiger cubs were born at the Auckland Zoo. Today, the Alaska Zoo announced the arrival of two Amur Tigers. They had three Amur tigers that died of old age and received these two 4 year old brothers Korol and Kunali yesterday. Amur Tigers or Siberian Tigers are one of the 12 endangered big cats.

    They were on the "red-eye" from New York to Alaska and arrived in a bit of a grumpy mood as you'll see in the video below. But the zookeepers are confident they will like their new home because it more closely resembles their natural environment of the Russian Far East. Amur or Siberian Tigers are the largest of the wild cats at up to 500 pounds and they live 15 - 20 years. Here's to the long life of Korol and Kunali! Read the full story about Alaska Zoo gets 2 new rare Amur tigers from N.Y.

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    You may have heard that the Sumatran Tiger is on the endangered species list and is expected to become extinct by 2020. But thanks to Molek, the female Sumatran tiger at the Auckland Zoo, the Sumatran Tiger Population increased by 3 cubs less than a week ago. The zoo had 2 Sumatran tigers, Molek and a male named Oz who is the father of the cubs. Now they have 5 healthy and happy Sumatran tigers.

    The keepers have stayed away from Molek and her cubs for the past week so that they will have a chance to bond. But yesterday, the keepers went inside the tiger enclosure to get the first footage of the tiger cubs. Molek is a very confident and content mom as you can see in this video.

    The Auckland Zoo has a Web Camera they call a CubCam so you can watch them grow and interact with each other and their mom. Read more about New Zealand zoo reports birth of 3 rare Sumatran tiger cubs.

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    No animal should be part of a show, I disagree with circuses, and anything where the animal is made to perform unnatural acts for human entertainment. So when Siegfried and Roy stopped performing I thought that was a good thing. And I still do.

    But now that they are in the news again, I did a little digging, I thought I would find evidence that Siegfried and Roy abused their cats, but I could not find one bit, even though PETA claims they abused the tiger that attacked Roy. I couldn't find the evidence they refer to.

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    Attack, that's an interesting word. I believe that if a tiger really wants to attack, the victim would be dead. Tigers are big, strong and have jaws that can crush bones. If Roy was attacked, he would be dead. I have to side with Siegfried on this one, in a CNN interview, he says the cat was moving him like a mother tiger picks up her cub to protect him. Maybe the tiger sensed he was having a stroke and was trying to protect him, I don't know.

    But what I do know is that these guys let tigers walk freely in and out of their homes. Roy kisses these cats on the mouth, cuddles them, rides them, and the cats seem completely fine with it. Apparently, the pregnant tigers let Roy stay with them while they give birth and even drop the cubs in his lap! These cats are so well taken care of that they put some house cat owners to shame. They have a huge yard to play and relax in and they are also welcome inside the home.

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    Siegfried and Roy even have their own breeding program so these cats survive extinction. That's why they are in the news again. They've acquired five new cubs that the duo will hand raise to become part of their breeding program. So far they've increased the world wide Royal White Tiger population to 200 and 38 of them live in Las Vegas.

    So whatever might be said about Siegfried and Roy, you can't dispute the fact that they are helping to preserve the dwindling wild cat populations of the world. The video is a slide show of their 5 new cubs. So cute.

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    The Wild Sand Cat is found in the deserts of North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. They prefer to live in sand dunes but have been spotted in mountainous regions too.

    During the heat of the day, Sand Cats burrow in sand dunes and come out at night to hunt smaller mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. Because they are slightly smaller than a housecat, they stalk their pray and get in really close before striking.

    With their round little heads, large ears and pointy little noses, they look like a cartoon drawing of a cat. They have furry feet to protect against the hot sand and they have thick, dense fur to protect against the blazing sun. I was mesmerized when I saw this video. Check out the very tiny little hiss. Make sure your speakers are on for it!


    CUTEST CAT IN THE WORLD!!! - These bloopers are hilarious
    This cat loves boxing, gizmo starts boxing when there is a fight on TV. Very funny.
    According to YouTube, this video has been viewed over ten millino times. It's a funny video and I can see why. Enjoy.

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