Big kittehs vs. the evil pumpkins!

October 24, 2010

A bit of fun for your Sunday morning: watch as tigers, leopards, and other great cats play with (and destroy) leftover pumpkins:

(via The Jawa Report)

The organization is Big Cat Rescue. As they explain:

Each year we are lucky enough to receive left over pumpkins from stores after halloween, pumpkins are a great source of enrichment for our cats, as well as a great source of entertainment for the staff and volunteers at Big Cat Rescue! All the cats love to play, eat and generally demolish the pumpkins, providing them with hours of entertainment, watch as we show you what they get up to when they are given one of their favourite treats!

Just goes to show that the only difference between a tiger and a house cat is size.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

The lady was right

November 12, 2008

The environmental Left had a hissy fit when Sarah Palin ordered the hunting of wolves from helicopter to protect the dying caribou herds of the Alaska peninsula, which were threatened with extinction.

Turns out the Governor knew what she was talking about:

Slaughtering wolves on the Alaska Peninsula appears to have had the desired effect — more caribou got a chance to live, according to biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

As ugly and as politically incorrect as the wolf killing might seem to some, they said, the helicopter gunning that took place earlier this year saved caribou, especially young caribou, from being eaten alive.

Fall surveys of the Southern Alaska Peninsula caribou herd completed in October found an average of 39 calves per 100 cows. That’s a dramatic improvement from fall counts of only 1 calf per 100 cows in 2006 and 2007.

The success of past wolf-control programs, and of some of those still under way elsewhere in the state, has varied significantly, depending on what predators were involved. In some cases, bears, eagles and climate have proved to have more influence on calf survival than wolves.

In this case, however, even some groups staunchly opposed to Alaska wolf-control efforts are conceding the removal of 28 wolves appears to have played a major role in caribou calf survival.

The shortsighted arrogance of so-called "environmentalist" and "animal rights" groups never fails to amaze me. As much as they might desire it, it’s impossible to return to a pre-Human state of nature that’s perfectly balanced — if such a balance ever existed. The fact is that Alaskans depend on caribou for a major source of their meat, and the uncontrolled growth of the wolf pack threatened that. Far from being cruel, this was an example of responsible wildlife management: not only did it restore the caribou herd, but it prevented starvation among the wolves due to a failure of the caribou herd, or their turning to other prey, such as humans, out of desperation.

Life isn’t a Disney movie, and sometimes the greatest threat to animals comes from those who think they’re saving them.

(hat tip: Ed Morrissey)


At the Mountains of Madness

April 11, 2007

It’s no secret that I’m a great fan of the horror fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. So, when I saw these photos of the eerily beautiful dry valleys of Antarctica, my first thought was "Where’s the Elder Thing?"

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(hat tip: PJM)