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Biiiig Kitties!

Have a pair of your basic Alley Cats from Animal Rescue. Little fellas love it when I troll the string or one of the cat toys around the living room.

Didn’t really thing lions would like the same thing!

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Nawwwwww!

 

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The Man Who Killed Simba

Fury Erupts After Walter Palmer Is Named As Cecil The Lion’s Killer

Outcries could be heard around the globe after a Minnesota dentist was identified as the man who killed Zimbabwe’s beloved Cecil the Lion.

Dr. Walter Palmer was named by the Telegraph as the man who paid $55,000 to hunt the famous 13-year-old animal, luring him out of Hwange National Park with dead meat, piercing him with a bow and arrow, and then following him for 40 hours before shooting him dead with a rifle. Cecil was ultimately skinned and beheaded.

Outrage ensued. People tweeted death threats directed at Palmer and posted contact information for his Bloomington, Minnesota, dental practice, BuzzFeed wrote. The Yelp page for his practice was flooded with over 6,000 reviews, lambasting Palmer for his actions and resulting in a one-star rating.

He closed his dental practice and shut the blinds at the office, but that did not stop people from leaving stuffed animals and notes outside the building in memory of Cecil, Fox’s Minneapolis station KMSP reported.

Cecil was wearing a GPS collar as part of an ongoing research project with the University of Oxford, according to the Guardian. After he was killed, the collar was removed.

“Palmer shot Cecil with a bow and arrow, but this shot didn’t kill him,” Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said. “They tracked him down and found him 40 hours later when they shot him with a gun. The hunters then found that the dead lion was wearing a tracking collar, which they unsuccessfully tried to hide.”

Palmer released a statement to the media, claiming he thought his hunt was legal:

I hired several professional guides, and they secured all proper permits. To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled. I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt. Again, I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion.

In 2006, Palmer pleaded guilty to killing a black bear in Wisconsin outside a permitted zone, NBC noted. He was given three years’ probation and a $3,000 fine.

Almost 400,000 people have a signed a petition on Care2 demanding justice for Cecil.

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2015 in Africa, American Greed

 

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Animal Slaughter in Zanesville, Ohio

Damn, this one gives me a lot of heartburn. I really question the need to kill the animals. First off, they list among the animal they “had to put down” 6 black bears. Black bears? They are native to North America – and I dare say that in a rural area like Zanesville there is a native population of black bears living in the woods. It also wouldn’t surprise me, that if you had someone who knew where (and how) to look – that there aren’t at least a few Mountain Lion…which the cops also killed. I’ve seen Mountain Lion in the mountains and forests of West Virginia and Kentucky, and a heck of a lot of black bear – one or two not very far from the big city. I’ve also seen wolves in Wyoming and Montana, along with Grizzly. And while it can be a heart thumping experience – I have never heard of wolves attacking humans except in adventure and horror stories – although a Grizzly does consider you a nice between meal snack if he is in the mood.

So I don’t see any need to have killed the black bear, mountain lion, or wolves as “threats to the population”. Wolves will kill sheep, I don’t know why, but sheep apparently look like filet mignon coming off the grill to a wolf. However, my family raised pedigree Boxer dogs – and one of the things you never wanted to do was get them in sight of a sheep. Apparently they share the same mental wiring as wolves. And for the truly stupid out there, yes wolves are gorgeous big cuddly looking dogs… And they can be successfully domesticated if you start from puppies…But sticking your hand out to pet a wild wolf is a really bad idea.

So…That leaves the Lions, Tigers, and Monkey. You can’t convince me that in an age of night vision goggles, thermal imagers, and helicopters that there was any threat of these animals going too far. Further, in 4 hours or less – that sheriff could have had a team of 50 or more Animal Welfare, and Zoo professionals onsite armed to the teeth with tranquilizer guns. The story about the guy with the tranquilizer gun having to get 10 feet away from the lion to zap it is utter bullshit.

So is the story about having to kill the animals. This was really an unnecessary, and tragic slaughter.

Add this one to “Domestic Terrorism”.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in Domestic terrorism

 

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Bi-racial… Y’er A**

Playa Play-on… Indeed.

Nature’s Latest Creation – the Zedonk

This week, the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve in north Georgia, United States, welcomed the first zebra-donkey hybrid in America. The “zedonk” has a donkey for a mother and a zebra stallion for a father and it is quite a rare animal.

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The animal is a mix between a zebra and donkey. With black stripes prominently displayed on her legs and face, her zebra heritage is readily apparent, but her slender face and spindly legs are more donkey-like.

Preserve keepers were rather surprised when the new “baby” was born. But contrary to what people might think, this is not the first time this has happened in the world. Apparently in 2005, a zebra gave birth to a zedonk in Barbados, and three zedonks were born in a European zoo, back in the 1970s, from a female donkey.

White tigers are more of our calling card, but this is one of the most unique animals that has ever been born here,” C.W. Wathen, the preserve’s general manager and founder said. “The animals have been running (in the fields) together for more than 40 years, but this is the first time that this has happened here. We never suspected that they (had mated), so it was quite a surprise when the zedonk was born.”

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2010 in Nawwwwww!

 

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