Tiger Tests Life in Captivity, Chooses Freedom

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A tiger walks into a zoo.

That may sound like the beginning of a joke, but in this case, it’s just the start of an fascinating story. Cats are known for their innate curiosity, and an endangered Bengal tiger in India proved to be no exception.

In April, keepers at India’s Nandankanan Zoo discovered that the wild male tiger had left the forest and — somehow — entered the zoo’s enclosed grounds. The zoo staff had no ideahow the tiger had gotten in, but it didn’t take long to figure out why. By all indications, the lovestruck kitty was attracted to the zoo’s female tiger, which, unsurprisingly, lives in an enclosure.

Concerned by the presence of a dangerous animal wandering the grounds, the zoo prepared a twenty-person team to capture the wild cat before he could attack anyone. However, before the plan was implemented, zookeepers tried a wild idea: opening the female’s cage door.

Amazingly, the wild tiger strolled right in, happy to meet his potential new mate. The zoo staff then found themselves with a new problem on their hands: what to do with the second tiger. The cat, however, had no such worry.

For a month, he made himself at home, availing himself to the free food, shade and sedentary lifestyle that comes with being a captive animal.

But then he apparently got bored.

Tired of life in a cage, the tiger opted to leave the zoo as suddenly as he arrived. Using the same ninja skills that got him into the zoo, he broke out — a feat that should have been impossible. The cat escaped by scaling the zoo’s two-story security wall, an exit that was mostly caught on video, until, like any good escape artist, the tiger severed the camera’s wiring.

“The Central Zoo Authority guidelines prescribe a 16-foot height for enclosure wall, but this enclosure wall was higher,” Chief Wildlife Warden, J D Sharma, told the New Indian Express. “The tiger apparently climbed the walls using the angle irons fitted at 8 feet and 16 feet height to support the structure. There is enough evidence of it walking on top of the wall.”

As for the animal’s current whereabouts, locals say the tiger hasn’t been seen since its prison break, although they believe he may still be in the nearby forests.

Smart kitty.

News Link:http://www.ecorazzi.com/2013/06/07/tiger-tests-life-in-captivity-chooses-freedom/

 

Charles Town exotic cat owner charged with animal cruelty for abandonment

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Charles Town Police Department on Friday announced thatRyan Houde, the owner of ten exotic cats found in a vacant home at 51 Shutt Court in Charles Town, W. Va. has been charged with ten counts of animal cruelty. Nine Savannah cats and one Serval were living in filth and excrement.

Owner and breeder of exotic cats Ryan Houde was charged with animal cruelty for abandoning 10 cats in his home.

The neglected animals were found in May when a man who was checking on the house went into the basement and thought he spotted either a cheetah or a leopard. The house was reported to be in the process of foreclosure and appeared to have been abandoned.

Houde, 28 turned himself into authorities on June 5 and was released in lieu of $7500 bond.

According to a Google website Houde, 28 owns Shutt Court Savannahs, and sells kittens and breeder cats for prices ranging from $750 to $1500. It appears several kittens were recently sold.

Servals are medium-sized African wild cats often recognized by their boldly spotted coats. Females can range in weight from 15 to 26 pounds while males can weigh from 20 to 40 pounds. According to Wikipedia, the cats are nocturnal, solitary and can leap up to 12 feet horizontally from a stationary position to precisely land on their prey.

Servals are commonly used to breed with domestic cats to produce Savannah cats.

One Savannah cat was euthanized because it bit one of the officers. The rest have been turned over to the East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue in southern Pennsylvania. The organization is a sanctuary for displaced exotic animals. You can follow the organization on their Facebook page by clicking here.

Video & News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/charles-town-exotic-cat-owner-charged-with-animal-cruelty-for-abandonment

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