Sunday, May 17, 2009

Weekly Feline News

Been busy this past week but fortunately found time enough to post the feline news today. So, here they go...

Bengal TigerFirst tigers and there's report of a very disturbing incident here. Naval officers in Thailand were shocked when they found grisly animal remains after making a recent smuggling bust. According to details a gang of eight was trying to illegally transport animals across the border into neighboring Laos when it was apprehended by the Thai Navy. The authorities found carcasses of two dead tigers and pangolins as well as forty three live pangolins - who were undoubtedly destined for a terrible fate had they not been rescued. So a very sad incident which highlights the continuing menace of poaching and illegal animal trade in Southeast Asia that is threatening the endangered species of cats and other mammals. You can find more about this and other similar incidents in the past by going to the website of TRAFFIC, the organization that monitors wildlife trade, but be warned of the graphic nature of images there.

Staying with tigers - there is good news too. Two of the states in India have reported a rise in the number of their bengal tigers. In Jaipur, there has been an overall increase in the number of wild animals including tigers, leopards and sloth bears. And in Kerala, ten new tigers have been sighted in the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Positive signs amid desperate times for the tiger. More on the above here and here. And for an interesting and realistic look at the state of tiger conservation in India, go here.

To the mangrove forest in Sunderban, Bangladesh. Two separate attacks on people by tigers. Whilst in one account the tiger was able to make away with a fisherman who was collecting firewood deep in the forest, in the other case a father and son bravely fought off a maneating tiger - a very rare and fortunate occurrence indeed. More on the two attacks here and here. And to learn more about the tigers of Sunderban and an analysis of the ongoing conflict between them and people, go here.

In Kaziranga National Park a boat has been donated by David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation to combat wildlife poaching and smuggling. Kaziranga has been recently hit by a spate of tiger and rhino poaching incidents. The provision of this new boat, which will patrol the adjoining river in search of poachers, is set to aid the authorities there in helping wildlife. The full report here.

Asiatic LionLions. And the news is good here. The Asiatic Lions in Gir, India, are set to benefit from over a hundred water holes that have been dug there by the local authorities. It's summer there and the lions are increasingly venturing outside the park to establish new territories. The water holes will help the big cats in sustaining themselves. More on this here.

And the Asiatic Lions will now be tracked through modern GPS collars in India. This has been recommended by a task force there. The tracking system is to receive a general overhaul that will help in the study of lions as well as minimize conflict with people. The full recommendations of the task force here.

JaguarFor Jaguars - there is both good and bad news, relating to their habitat. While the US government has approved the funding of over one hundred million dollars for the rain forests that make up the home of these great cats in South America, the government in Brazil is taking steps that do not bode well for the Amazon, and the environment in general. Whereas the US law aims to check deforestation and climate change by providing debt relief to tropical nations in exchange for their commitment to conserve forests and coral reefs, the law proposed by Brazil will grant land rights for illegally occupied property in the Amazon. This will pave way for further clearing of the forests and irreparable damage to the ecosystem there. More on the two laws here and here.

LeopardTo the leopards. The Snow Leopard Trust is set to benefit from the sale of alcohol! This has come about after Whyte & Mackay, the Glasgow based makers of world's first 'ethically distilled' vodka decided to donate fifteen percent of their profits to the trust. More on the above here. And you can reach the website of the Trust here.

And a woman has been arrested and sentenced in Oregon over charges of violating the Endangered Species Act. The woman, a Ukrainian National, had imported three leopard skins from the Democratic Republic of Congo but unfortunately for her, an error by the shipping department resulted in her undoing! To read the interesting story behind her capture go here.

CheetahTo Cheetahs and there is good news here too. A Cheetah birth has been recorded in The Nairobi National Park in Kenya after many years. This after years of adverse climate and prey conditions in the park. The birth is a positive sign for the population of the beautiful felines there. More here.

And for the first time - the critically endangered Saharan Cheetah has been recently photographed by a camera trap. A remarkable event that will buoy the hopes of the scientists and conservationists working to protect these endangered cats. The full account here.

That's it. Hope you all have a good week. Below are couple of videos of some more 'cat burglars'. Enjoy :)

Images © William Dow - and Kishore Kotecha -


Anya said...

Wow !!
Beautiful tigers,
Grandfather from Kareltje .. LOL
Wonderful text, I'am still learning a lot here about tigers ;)

The video's are soooooo
cute & funny, you make me laugh behind my laptop ^____^

Have a great week :)

Dora said...

Ha ha! :)

BeadedTail said...

I always hate to hear about poaching and just don't understand how people continue to do it. Just looking at that photo of the tiger shows what gorgeous animals they are and they should stay alive and in the wild. Anyway, thanks on all the news this week and also the videos!

♥Da fambly kitties♥ said...

Tanks fur droppin' by our bloggy ta see Forrest da man-catty wif his doggy slave!☺

Our momma purr-ays fur da tigers and all da animals dat are hurted by mankind. Momma sayz dat animals are more human den da reel humanz.

D Swain said...

Love the pictures of the big cats. Enjoyed the video too.

Rajesh said...

Very nice. The range of information that has been covered by you so exhaustive.

Jans Funny Farm said...

You sure do keep up with the news. We never heard of pangolins so we learned something new.

Love the cat burglar videos.

Anonymous said...

We're so happy that the lions have more water holes now. Who doesn't love a nice cool drink?

Dana Fredsti said...

Heh. One of my cats, Tsavo, (a big orange long haired beast named after the killer lions of Tsavo) does that with the food dishes all the time. Never fails to crack me up!

I hate poachers. I really hope that the Chinese discover the use of viagra before the tiger populations are totally decimated for the sake of erections.

Black Cat said...

I hate poachers too. I'm glad there's some good news though! Lovely pictures. I love the tiger sitting with his arms folded and the jaguar looks like he's putting his paws together in prayer. As for the videos, my sides are aching from laughter! Great post as always dear Omer!

I finally got my mouse batteries changed, and thereby hangs a tail... :) xxx

P.S. I expect the meerkat and kitty photo was photoshopped but it's kinda cute I think!

Ellen Whyte said...

In countries like Malaysia and Indonesia they "protect" forests and then let contractors take out "special" trees. So they F%$%#$@Ck up the forest to get money and still claim to be green.

What delicate cat thieves you have! Target sneaks in right under Au's nose to steal. Most of the time Au lets him but sometimes he puts a big paw on Target's head to hold him off!

Happy COT.

Gattina said...

These animal trafficants should be all shot and eaten up by tigers !

Stranger Ling said...

Thanks for making a difference. Thanks for the pictures.

THE ZOO said...

whut beyootiful creatures. we hate poachers too.

The Cat Realm said...

All in all we will focus on the good news in there! But thank you so much for this wonderful compilation, as always you are a treasure chest of info about cats!
And maybe you might have watched the latest CCSI caper already (we are beyond being organized!) - but if you didn't - you got to check it out!!! It is done totally different than the others and just way cool!!!

Sasha said...

thank you for posting all the news about our wild feline friends. I have put myself down as a follower, so I won't miss your news in future.

zevo hussein calamari said...

Love the tigers and all the great info. So sorry we have not visited for awhile... things have been busy with the pet human and we are having mac issues while blogging!

hope all is well with you and the kitties

Kat Mortensen said...

You are doing great work here - keeping everyone aware of the horrid activities against some of the most beautiful animals in the natural kingdom.
This saddens me so much. I can't imagine how someone could kill or hurt such a beautiful beast for profit (or any other reason, for that matter).

I'm not sure whether you get the program or not, but look out for Jeff Corwin - a scientist/zoologist with some great programs for kids (we adults enjoy them too). He is devoted to the conservation of all wildlife.


Thanks for visiting "Keepsakes"!

Unknown said...

Thanks for coming by my spot!!
What beautiful and majestic pictures!

Jan Parrish said...

Cool cats!

Kitikata-san said...

Wow, you have a lot of news about giant kitties! Funny cat food thief video.

Anya said...

Have a puurfect weekend :))
Kareltje & Anya

Jena Isle said...

This is an awesome post. I pity these animals which some people don't respect at all. You write very well too and have good pictures to go with your excellent post.

Thanks for sharing.

Barbara Doduk said...

Wonderful site you have as well. Thanks for visiting and the kind comment on my blog. I enjoy the volunteer work I do with cats. :)

Barabara @ The Love Blog

Amy @ Six Flower Mom said...

What great news and some sad news, I am going to forward your blog to my daughter too -- she loves big cats!!!! What great information you have here!

We foster feral cats!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

quite an interesting blog you have here, thank you for your visit to my Magpie's Nest
I must share your link with a friend in NZ, she has a cat that could be friends with "Jack" the cat :)

caspersmom said...

Oh how I do love the good news about these beautiful animals. Love the picture of the Jaguar, it looks like he or she is praying about the bad news end. It is so sad but yet funny about the Oregon woman. Would have loved to have seen her face when she opened the package of the bottle caps. I agreed with all the comments on that article. The videos didn't come through for me though. Must be something wrong with my computer, some videos come through and some don't??? Keep up with the good work Omer.

Maria said...

What a wonderful informative post. I'm glad there is good news too. The bad news is quite disturbing. The cat burglars are a little scary lol - I love it!

Unknown said...

What detail and those are adorable videos! I can never resist a kitty!

j said...

Awesome that you shine the light on poaching and illegal animal trafficing. A terrible crime. I loved Gattina's comment - I've lost touch with her blog but I remember that she is an avid cat lover.

I'm completely charmed by Jack the cat burglar!

Jon said...

Love Tigers, actually I'm a big fan of all cats - large or small. I'm a regular visitor at our local Zoo, the Barbary Lions are of particular interest to me. Hard to believe they're extinct in the wild.

marina villatoro said...

What a great site!!!!!!!!! I showed it to my son, and he didn't know what to do with himself since he is sure he is a saber tooth tiger one day, or a cheetah the next day, or sometimes he's a mixture of both with a sprinkle of jaguar. Needless to say, he couldn't stop scrolling down from one cat to the next!!!!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Love those jaguars.. they're very beautiful..

Hootin' Anni said...

Cats....any kind, big or little are 'my cup of tea'...I so love 'em. But I read about the slaying of tigers and couldn't go further...I always get ticked off with the human smugglers and the inhumane treatment of such wonderful animals as cats.

Thanks for stopping by yesterday, for a visit. Loved having your company. Today, I posted some photos of our little yard project.

Have a terrific Tuesday.

Cat Illnesses said...

Great pictures and what a selection of cats you have on this site! It's awesome! You should post more often.

Cat Diseases said...

This is very interesting and positive news on this marvelous wild cats. I will forward this to my sister who has 2 cats and who is always eager to learn new things on cats. Bob from Cat Illnesses

Harshita Mengi said...

Very interesting and funny post. I like animals very much that is why i like it most.. :)
Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

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