wendell: May 2008 Archives

Did you know that over 2.4 million cats are born ever year due to cats not being neutered? If you think neutering may effect your cat, read this post for more information.

Yield to the cats! Have you ever seen a sign like this before? I sure haven't. Apparently in Turin Italy cats have their own street sign. This image was taken by Alex Lirus and shows the special status cats given to cats in the Italian city. I wonder if the nutoriosly fast drivers in Italy actually pay attention to the sign? The funny thing is that there isn't one cat in the picture!

If anyone has any comments or background information on this sign, feel free to comment below.

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This is the amazing story of Charley the domestic cat with Cerebellar Hypoplasia. Cerebellar Hypoplasia is a development disorder that effects Charley's motor skills. While he may not move like a normal cat, he lives a normal life and seems to be an absolutely fun loving cat. Go Charley!

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This picture gained international exposure in February of 2007. It was taken at the Taman Safari Indonesia Animal Hospital. Both animals were abandoned by their mothers but they are no worse for wear according to the public relations officer at the Taman Safari Indonesia Animal Hospital. The Sumatran Tiger is named Dema and the Orangutan is Irma.

According to Mr. Humas at the hospital, both animals are doing fine. Due to the fact that both animals started to exhibit their natural behaviors, the animals were separated and Dema now lives in the large natural habitat at the hospital.

The Sumatran Tiger is endangered and according to a previous post we wrote, there are only 350 to 500 of them left. You can read more about other endangered cats here.

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jari-cat-collar.jpgIs your cat special enough to spend 10,000 British Pounds on a cat collar? The people at Jari Jewellery are certainly hoping so.

Jari Jewellery is designed for the distinguished cat that must have it all. The collars are all custom made and are of the finest materials. To be honest, I can't believe the level of detail that claim to have. According to their website, you will consult with an award winning jewllery designer that will help you design a custom collar for your special feline. My only question is, how do you ask your cat what he or she likes? What happens if your cat doesn't like the collar? Can you return it? At 10,000 British Pounds or more, I'm sure even the most picky cat will like their custom made collar.

Do you think your cat has model material? If you do, why not enter your cat in the Face of Jari Competition? It's quite simple, your cat must have the looks that compliment an incredibly expensive diamond studded collar in a photo shoot. If I just described your cat, visit here to suibmit your cat. The winner will receive a one year model contract! Hurry, you only have until May 31st, 2008. Good luck!

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toronto_adopt_cat.jpgWell as a proud Torontonian, I have to salute the good people at the Toronto Humane Society. Throughout the month of May(May 10th to May 21), the Humane Society will be trying to find permanent homes for 100 dogs and 300 cats.

Lee Olver of the Toronto Humane Society said, "Imagine your in your dentist's waiting room for six months, that is the life they have. Everything is there but they are not getting love and affection."

The Toronto Humane Society can be found on 11 River Street (map) in Toronto and they can be reached by dialing (416) 392-2273. Their normal hours of operation are between 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM. All fees related to the adoption of these cats and dogs are waived during this period.

As someone who has adopted a cat from the Toronto Humane Society, I can tell you that all of their cats are incredibly well taken care of. C'mon, go ahead and do it! I know you want to. Start living the life that others dream of. A cat changes everything!

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This video has been making the rounds online over the last few days. I thought you would find this really funny because I sure did. What's hillarious about this video is the way the lighter coloured cat (the Calico) is able to keep pace with the treadmill!


Cats On A Treadmill - The funniest videos clips are here

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lion_tackles_woman_video.jpgI've been meaning to write this post for sometime now. As someone that takes an active interest in animals and animal rights, Bowmanville Zoo seems to be an organization that I keep reading about for the wrong reasons. Before you read further, you should know that I'm not an "anti-zoo" person. I believe that zoos can encourage respect of our natural world and improve our understanding of our place within this world. At a time when certain species of animals are disappearing every day, zoos may represent the last hope for many critically endangered species.

While researching another post about animal cruelty, I started to realize a very disturbing pattern with regards to the Bowmanville Zoo. The Bowmanville Zoo has been cited on numerous occasions for animal abuse; these are claims that Bowmanville Zoo officials continually deny. At some point, you have to wonder if there is any truth to the allegations.

Here are six issues I have with the Bowmanville Zoo:

In what is a truly remarkable story. A Japanese Zoo in Yokohma has bread a rare sub-species of lion. As mentioned earlier in a previous post (12 cats that will be extinct by 2020), the Asiatic Lion is known to have only 350 individuals left.

The Asiatic Lion only exists in a remote forest in the state of Gujarat, India. According Kishore Kotecha of the Wildlife Conservation Trust, "The Asiatic Lion faces many threats like genetic bottle neck, loss of habitat, forest land encroachment, maldharis inside the park, religious places in the middle of the park, roads through protected areas, man-animal conflict etc. But the biggest threat is Open Wells surrounding Gir forest. In about five years time, 25 lions died by accidentaly falling in such open wells. (Open wells are 60 -100 feet deep dug by farmers for water for irrigation and cattle.)" Clearly the odds are against this beautiful animal.

Hopefully this story demonstrates what will be a hopeful future for the Asiatic Lion.

For more information about the Asiatic Lion, please visit asiaticlion.org.

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scuba-cat-picture.jpgI've got to thank my good buddy Peter for this one. I had never heard of this cat before but when I saw the video for the first time, I couldn't believe my eyes. Hawkeye is the only cat I know that enjoys scuba diving!

Hawkeye's owner Gene Alba, from California has managed to combine his two passions, his cat and scuba diving. I'm not sure about your cat but my cat Maddy wouldn't be caught within a mile of a swimming pool. What a great unique story. Check it out.

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boomer-maniwaki-cat-caged.jpgJust when you thought this interesting story was done, a new development emerges. For those of you who may have missed it, a wild africa lion cub named Boomer went missing from a First Nation reserve near Maniwaki Quebec. It turns out that the cub was fairly domesticated and the cat was easily recaptured within a day of being missing.

boomer-wild-african-lion-cub.jpgBoomer was transferred from the provincial police to the Quebec Natural Resources Ministry. The ministry decided that the best place for the lion cub was at the Granby Zoo just east of Montreal. According to Mr. Dennis Day of Cobden, ON (about a 100 kms west of Ottawa) the cat technically belongs to him and he will fight to get him back. “Boomer’s not going to a zoo. They’ve got to come through me before they do that,” he said and he also indicated that he's speaking to a lawyer to get some more advice on the situation. “I still own this cat. This cat was only being babysat."

Mr. Day indicated that the reason why Boomer was in Maniwaki was because of an incident in his home involving the lion. Boomer scratched the daughter of a woman that was staying at Mr. Day's home which prompted the girl's father to call the Ontario health officials. Fearing that his children might be taken away (gee, I wonder why?) from him by Child Protection Services, Mr. Day logically gave the lion to his friend Stanley Whiteduck who has never dealt with a lion before and has no formal training to deal with this type of animal. Make sense? Mr. Day probably should have given Mr. Whiteduck a proper restraint to hold the cub because the arrangement obviously didn't work very well! My question is, how exactly do you compensate a friend for taking care of a wild african lion? Is it like $25 a day? Is there danger pay? Better yet, how do you ask your friend to take care of your wild lion?!boomer-at-home.jpg

All joking aside, how are private individuals obtaining animals like wild lions that pose a significant danger to our communities? We can all laugh about it now, but for a little over a day, this lion cub had the whole community of Maniwaki captive.

This story isn't over yet, Mr. Day appears to be ready to have his day in court to fight for his lion back. Stay tuned.

source: CBC News

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lion-found-maniwaki.jpgWell an incredible story comes to a happy end. The lost wild African Lion named Boomer was found today by the Quebec Provincial police. Apparently the six month old lion was found near the the highway. A lady luckily saw him and called in the sighting. Great news.

One spokesperson for the Quebec Provincial Policed said, "We're really glad he didn't eat anyone. That would have changed everything." No seriously, all officials were glad that the situation ended well.

According to the officers, the lion was not aggressive. No one was injured during the retrieval process. Apparently the lion was easily coaxed into a the back of the police officer's car. Boomer caused some slight damage to the upholstery in police officer's truck.

Boomer was tired and scared. Chief McGregor provided dinner (four steaks) for Boomer.

The lion was in police custody this morning and had his paw prints taken. Another lame joke, sorry. Boomer is now in the custody of the Quebec Natural Resources Ministry and they have already started the process of finding a new home for him. We'll keep you updated on the situation.

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