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Outdoor Safety Tips: Mountain Lions

by on Jul.24, 2014, under Animals, Education, Environment, Health, Nature

The mountain lion, also known as the cougar, puma, and panther isn't especially large, but they can bound up to 40 feet and leap 15 feet up to a tree. Typically found in the West, mountain lions have been sighted in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, and even Connecticut. cougar_young What should you do if you encounter one? Avoid it if at all possible. Otherwise, follow these handy safety tips. mlhabitat Frankly, we'd rather take our chances with the mountain lion rather than giving a cat a bath. cattack02 cattack01 If you have to fight, here's are some strategies you can try. mountain_lion_safety  
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Call Of The Wild

by on Feb.24, 2013, under Animals, Crime, Food, Nature

Natalie Armitage said that she went to Crewe for dental treatment, but her son was sick so she was away longer than planned. The said that she thought she was away for around six nights. jeffcat1 But when RSPCA inspectors could not gain admittance to the house after several attempts out of animal welfare concern, they called the police. When they gained entrance, they found the house in darkness. Eventually Armitage came to the door. jeffcat2   The RSPCA officers asked where the hamster was. "I think the cat has eaten it." was her reply. Jeffrey the cat was only allowed to drink water from the toilet and eat stale dog biscuits so in desperation he mauled the rodent, a court heard. Prosecutor Tanya Forrest described the scene. "In the living room the hamster cage was broken into pieces and there was no sign of the hamster... I think that is evidenced by the cage - the cat broke into it... Regrettably, the consequence was the hamster met its fate." jeffcat3 Natalie Armitage was fined £50 with £200 costs and a £15 pounds victim surcharge, and was disqualified from keeping animals for five years. A deprivation order was made to take Jeffrey out of her custody. jeffcat4 After the case, an RSPCA spokesperson said, "This is a very sad situation for  both the cat and the hamster. Both were left to fend for themselves for nearly  a whole week. It is not the cat's fault that he found himself drawn, through hunger, to seek out his only option for sustenance. But on the other hand, one can only imagine the hamster's terror as his cage was broken apart. It is an offence to leave your pets without arranging for their basic welfare needs to be taken care of."
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