Wild Cats: May 2008 Archives

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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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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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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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