Posts Tagged ‘Leopards’

Mystery of the missing zoo animals still unsolved

March 28, 2008

The Berlin zoo is under pressure to explain the fate of hundreds of animals which have vanished amid claims they were slaughtered and in some cases turned into potency-boosting drugs.

Claudia Hammerling, a Green party politician, backed by several animal rights organisations, alleges the zoo’s director, Bernhard Blaszkiewitz, sold the animals.

She claims to have evidence that four Asian black bears and a hippopotamus were transported to the Belgian town of Wortel, which has no zoo, but which does have an abattoir.

According to Ms Hammerling these animals were slaughtered. She said the systematic “overproduction of animals” at zoos, designed to attract more visitors, was to blame.

Ms Hammerling said she also knew of several tigers and leopards from Berlin that ended up in a tiger breeding farm in China that promoted itself as a purveyor of traditional potency-boosting medicines made from big cats. She alleges the animals’ remains were turned into drugs.

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How much is the kitty in the window? $22,000

March 18, 2008

 I bet a ton of unwanted kittens have to die in the process of breeding these cats.  After all, if they aren’t perfect and capable of bringing in $22,000, who needs ’em?

Kitty Mowmow does not approve.

-Kitty Mowmow

Goodbye Goldendoodle. Designer dogs are so last season. Now animal lovers are clamoring for cat crossbreeds – and they are sparing no expense on the latest “it” pet.

Hybrid house pets were originally developed to create well-behaved companions that don’t shed. But with unmatched cuteness and likeability, crossbreeds like Puggles, Labradoodles, Yorkipoos, and Schnoodles drove demand among the dog-loving set.

Now mixed-breed cats, with their beauty and stature, are causing a craze for those with a fondness for felines.

And for some, no price is too high for a designer kitten.

“For our customers, money is no object,” said breeder Simon Brodie.

Brodie used a “secret recipe” to mix an African serval

and Asian leopard cat

with a domestic cat,

to create the world’s most expensive feline hybrid.

The Ashera, an exclusive product of Brodie’s firm, Lifestyle Pets, resembles a little leopard and can weigh up to 30 pounds. But it’s more suited for lounging than stalking prey.

“They are very friendly, very affectionate,” Brodie said.

Although an Ashera costs $22,000 (plus $6,000 for the premium placement option, which will expedite kitten delivery by about six months) Lifestyle Pets has already sold several cats to customers around the world since the pricey pet was unveiled last May.

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New Delhi gets quarantine facility for wild animals

March 7, 2008

Leopards, jackals, snakes and other wild animals straying into human habitations in states neighbouring the capital will now be kept at a special quarantine facility being constructed in the Delhi Zoo.

The quarantine, being set up adjacent to the wildlife hospital in the zoo, will cater to rescued and displaced wild animals, an official said.

The facility will also be used for animals that need to be kept in isolation, including animals brought from foreign countries, or other Indian zoos, and as a transit point for rescued and displaced wild animals.

Wild animals rescued by forest officials from neighbouring areas will be housed here for relief and medical aid.

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Columbia picks up ‘Animals’

March 7, 2008

I really, really hope this horror movie doesn’t leave generations of people frightened to death of animals, the way “Jaws” made people even more afraid of sharks.

-Kitty Mowmow

Columbia has picked up “Animals,” a high-concept spec script by newcomer Mike Sobel. Neal Moritz is producing via his Original Films banner.

The horror thriller’s central idea is that all the planet’s animals turn on humans, from wild creatures to pets.

Trevor Engelson and Nick Osborne, who are executive producing, discovered Sobel, a former New York assistant district attorney who ditched his job and moved to Los Angeles a year ago to pursue a writing career. Engelson and Osborne helped Sobel develop the script and then brought it to Moritz.

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Un-bear-able

January 2, 2008

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Throughout most of the world humans have exterminated carnivores in order to keep their places of habitation safe, and while large carnivores still exist in patches we have a sort of “You keep to your side, I’ll keep to my side,” sort of attitude towards them. The problem, however, is that we keep expanding our towns and villages out into areas where large carnivores live, some areas experiencing an increased level of conflict. Leopards eat stray dogs in the slums of Mumbai, wolves kill dogs left outside in Alaska, black bears raid trash cans in New Jersey suburbs, and even polar bears are starting to head into towns with a greater frequency as the local ecology changes. I don’t list such incidents to say that we’re experiencing some sort of epidemic and that carnivores should again be killed without mercy, but rather that we are changing ecology on local and global scales that can often bring large carnivores into contact with people. Sadly, human deaths do sometimes result due to this close proximity, but carnivores are an essential part of many ecologies and tragedy can often be avoided with proper education and management.

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