Eye of the Tiger? Try Face of the Tiger


Jocelyn Wildenstein: Eat your heart out.

When I first saw this guy (Dennis Avner) a few years ago, I was speechless. To read his story check it out here:  Cat Man – the human ‘tiger’ who enjoys climbing trees and eats raw meat every day

While this post is not an attempt to psychoanalyze this gentleman, I thought Mr. Avner’s reasoning interesting,

‘I am Huron and following a very old tradition have transformed myself into a tiger’

The Huron are Native Americans, that I knew. What I didn’t know was that they had an old tradition of transforming themselves into an animal native to Asia, and thus in all probability completely unknown to them.

Whatever the case, Mr. Avner puts Tygra the Thundercat (below) to shame.

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Evolution: The Evidence

It seems that some Chinese cats have taken the next step in their evolution.

Here’s one of the transitional animals (obviously this is punctuated equilibrium not gradualism, so take that Dr. Dawkins):

Either that or Fluffy has been putting away Red Bull at prodigious rates.

This is the story:
Ready for take-off, Tiddles? Meet the cats which have sprouted wings

Kids don’t know their Animals Anymore

Ar at least if we are to believe the following story,
Attenborough alarmed as children are left flummoxed by test on the natural world

This is a caracal (a wildcat found in Africa and Asia),

and I’m guessing (if the story is accurate)that most children don’t know that, to be fair though, most adults probably don’t know that either.

The only reason I know it is because of this book I was given as a child, a book on African wildlife. I spent many hours poring over the pages of this book, so much so that eventually the binding gave out.

I found this bit from the story interesting,

Sir David Attenborough warned that children who lack any understanding of the natural world would not grow into adults who cared about the environment. “The wild world is becoming so remote to children that they miss out,” he said, “and an interest in the natural world doesn’t grow as it should. Nobody is going protect the natural world unless they understand it.”

Not sure how accurate this is since I grew up with perhaps an unhealthy understanding of the natural world and upon entering adulthood didn’t give a rip about the environment (this has since then changed though I don’t intend to start worshiping “Mother Nature” anytime soon). Perhaps they’re not as related as Attenborough seems to think?

Leopard takes out Crocodile

Ever since I can remember I’ve been a big fan of African wildlife. The love affair probably started with a book given to me at a very young age by my parents. The book was about the African Savannah and was chock full of pictures detailing the daily life and death struggle between predator and prey.

I perused through images of lions with bloodied muzzles feasting on zebra and antelope until the binding gave out.

Years later I’m still fascinated by big cats and their habits, for example check out this vid of lions taking down an elephant:

Recently however I came across something that might even top that. The star of this story is a leopard who decided that it’d be good exercise to take on a croc.

And he won…

Click on the link to see the sequence of pics from the confrontation. Also at the bottom of the story is a vid depicting a battle between a few lions, a herd of cape buffalo and a couple of crocs.

Yet another reminder that no matter what pipe dreams politicians (or Mr. Lennon) promise us, only God can (and will) bring about the renewal of all things, including His creation.

Cruelty to Animals: Cat Wigs

I have always liked cats (it doesn’t mean I think they’re people though), maybe it’s their independence and the fact that unlike dogs, they don’t grovel and bend over backwards to seek the attention of their owners.

Maybe it’s the lithe agility that a “common” house cat has in gobs.

Then one runs across sites like these,
Kitty Wigs!, which seem to rob the cat of his dignity. A sample,

Isn’t it great how the company assures owners that 20% of the proceeds from the wigs go to ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals) when the wigs are cruelty incarnate?

Maybe their donation is akin to carbon credits…

H/t : Geekologie

Pet Funerals: a Sign of Confused Times

Most everyone has had a pet at some point in their lives, thus most everyone has had to deal with the death of a pet.

Growing up we had cats, and we lost a couple of them. We did what most people out in the sticks do: you dig a hole, put the carcass in a shoebox, say a few words and bury it.

Apparently things have progressed way beyond that, at least according to this,
Pet-Only Funeral Home Opens In Fla.

Not surprising given the confusion of many a pet owner (some would never call themselves ‘owners’) regarding the fact that pets are not people.

I know an owner who has said that she cares more about her dogs than others care about their children, her reasoning? She spends more money on her dogs than people do on her children.

Yes, because money is ultimately what determines value.

Back to the story, this quote needs no further commentary,

“We started the business because I don’t have two-legged children,” Pet Angel Memorial owner Colleen Ellis said. “All I have is four-legged children and I wanted her treated in the same way as the human funeral business, which is the business I come from.”

The Pampered American Pet

During his August 2 radio show, “What Our Pets Say About Us: The Big Business Of The American Pet Industry”, Dr. Albert Mohler highlights the cover story of the August 9 issue of Business Week, “The Pet Economy”, and explores the significance behind America’s love affair with pets.

Mohler was his usual insightful self during the show, and his words led me to read the story in Business Week.

Of course, I did not need to read it to know that pet owners in this country absolutely love their pets, particularly dogs. I would say not only owners but Americans in general cherish dogs. This is evidenced by the backlash towards Michael Vick’s criminal activities.

Here are some of the quotes from said article,

“Americans spend $41 billion a year on their pets…” — The article points out that this is more than the GNP of all but 64 countries. Not only that but this figure is more than Americans spend on the movies, video games, and recorded music COMBINED.

“Pet owners are now less driven by price than ’emotion and passion'” — NO!

“‘Many of us consider pets as the new babies'” — I think this gentleman’s words speak for themselves

“Americans now spend $9.8 billion a year on vet services. That doesn’t include the over-the-counter drugs and other supplies, which add $9.9 billion in costs.” — This makes me wonder, how many of the folks who are dropping this cash on pet healthcare are upset that there are many Americans without health insurance?

Seriously though, what’s next? Civil unions? Sex between consenting “partners”?*

Thoughts?

*Though this has allegedly been going on in certain parts of rural America, it won’t be normalized until ‘enlightened’ urbanites deem it acceptable.