Saturday, July 25, 2009

Have Litter Box, Will Travel

Just when you start to think there's hope for us, the human race does it again.

This Clouded Leopard cub was captured in Bangladesh while eating a dead monkey with its mother and sibling. The species had not been sighted in over twenty years and was considered extinct, so this discovery means that there may be a small but healthy breeding population surviving in the wild. The mother and other cub managed to escape.

The villagers intended to cage and sell the animal to the highest bidder, but conservationists pressured them to release it back into the wild. Unfortunately, the cub is probably too young to survive on its own, and realistically there is no chance that its mother will be able to find it again. So a beautiful animal which is so endangered that it was thought to be gone forever has been dealt yet another blow by human stupidity and greed.

Besides, if they were going to tear it away from its mother and screw with its survival, they should have let me adopt it. All they had to do was ask. I know many humans who would qualify as food for a creature that eats monkey meat. It probably all tastes like chicken anyway.


thailandchani said...

Human beings and their assumption of dominion... yeah.

The animal probably wouldn't like human meat too much. It's probably rather bitter.


Warty Mammal said...

I echo thailandchani's comment.

Poor little cub.

Cecilieaux said...

Hey, we almost annihilated ourselves with the atomic bomb. And we're on a collision course with the climate that I'm beginning to think is irreversible. One leopard cub is a mere curlicue in the human march of folly.

yinyang said...

Aww. Animals in cages always make me sad. And it sucks that the best choice after taking it away from its mother would have been keeping it in captivity.

nick said...

The urge to grab and exploit anything and everything around us has unfortunately become so well-established it's hard to reverse. But if we don't return to the principle of protecting and nurturing the planet and its creatures we're heading for a sticky end.

secret agent woman said...

My God, that's a gorgeous creature. What a bloody shame.

Al said...

why the hell are we so stupid?

heartinsanfrancisco said...


Tough and stringy too, no doubt.


We are not the most appealing species, as a rule.


I bet the leopard cub doesn't think so.


It's pretty sad when that's the best choice. I wish they had just observed it and left it with its mother because it will probably end up as a larger animal's meal.


I couldn't agree more. The first lesson would be that humans do not have the right to destroy other species for our own amusement.


He is gorgeous, and look how sad his eyes are - he knows his mother is gone and he's in deep trouble.


It's in our nature.

Bob said...

I sometimes wonder if we will survive as a species in spite of ourselves.

Been missing you. Hope all is well with you & Flip.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful creature. What a sad tale. Morons around here do the same thing with fawns and seal pups. Leave the damn things along!

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

I think we should fund a trip to send you over there to kick everyone's ass and save the little guys.

Hope you and Flip are doing well. Thinking of you often and hoping that you are okay.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Jocelyn said...

Oy. What a conundrum. I, too, would vote for you raising it. You'd keep it in touch with its feral self, that's for sure. Fierceness would RULE!

Meggie said...

I am sure most humans would taste leathery & fatty to wild animals.
Poor little creature, what a shame it was captured.

the walking man said...

Kill the entire eco-system and then there will be no more concerns for any creature.

meno said...

Way to rip my heart right out of my chest, looking at that picture.

We suck.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

We do suck, Meno.
Well said.


Scarlett & Viaggiatore

heartinsanfrancisco said...


If we do, it will assuredly be in spite of ourselves.

Thank you for the kind inquiry. You are missed, too.


Enslaving animals is sadly not illegal in many places. Or killing them. You would think that a species as ignorant as ours would be endangered, no?


I can be packed in ten minutes.

Thank you for your good thoughts. Hugs back.


I think I might still be in touch with my inner feral self, actually. Misery inflicted on helpless animals never fails to trigger fierce rage.


Fatty or stringy but definitely bitter, as Chani mentioned. I would not want to partake of us broiled, roasted or frito.


Brilliant solution! I knew we could count on you.




Meno does have an elegant way with words, as do you.

Stinkypaw said...

Man at his best, once again...

heartinsanfrancisco said...


Sometimes it's embarrassing to be human.

LittlePea said...

I cry at Sea World. Honestly. I'm sure I've already posted about this but since you just broke my heart I felt I needed to get that out too. (deep breath) Ok I feel better now.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Sweet Pea,

Me, too. I don't go to zoos. When I was 18, I saw a gorilla in a small cage at the Crandon Park Zoo in Miami. The plaque said he had been there for 43 years, and he was sitting with his back to the bars, completely and irreversibly depressed while vile people threw things at him, laughing. I cannot abide seeing animals in such circumstances and would like to do serious bodily harm to those who abuse them.

Maria said...

It's always a given with us that we are the top of the food chain...

And how silly is that?

heartinsanfrancisco said...


Exactly! Where did we get such appallingly self-serving information and actually believe it? (Just ask Socks.)

Mariposa said...

How sad.

On a limb with Claudia said...

So sad. Even when we try to do our best, we still fail miserably. It's just sad.

heartinsanfrancisco said...




It doesn't sound as if anyone was trying to do their best in this case.

secret agent woman said...

Hey, you - just stopping in to say hi!

Jocelyn said...

Hi, Poodle--Popped over to say, re: the need for a cathartic cry but not wanting a calculated effort at one: perhaps I can still recommend you into into such gratification. Here is my tip: rent and watch SLINGS & ARROWS (Candian tv show about a Shakespearean theatre company). First few episodes are quiet and very Canadian, but then it gains momentum and is just damn enjoyable. As you follow it into the third season, though, when the company does LEAR, you might find your eyes leaking--and not because the show is trying to wring tears from you. Rather, I wept from the joy and heart-fulledness of being able to see such amazing acting. I mean it: amazing stuff. Thus, because it's not trying to be a weeper, necessarily, it succeeds brilliantly.

heartinsanfrancisco said...


HI back!!! It's always great to see you.


I've heard of this show but haven't seen it. Thanks for the tip. If the acting is that good, I'll need several boxes of tissue because they're in it and I'm not.

TaraDharma said...

we are, the world over, stupid stupid creatures.

heartinsanfrancisco said...


I couldn't agree more. Who went away and left us in charge, anyway? The average horse or baboon could do a much better job, I'm sure.