Saturday, July 25, 2009
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.