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Fishing Cats for Binghampton

The Binghamton Zoo in New York unveiled to the public today two new fishing cats: adorable endangered felines native to southern Asia, in the hopes that they will help grow the fishing cat population.

(Source: http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/2016/03/18/new-species-zoo-unveils-endangered-cat/81965252/)

Hunter and Malikai, arrived in Binghamton earlier this week. Hunter, the male, was driven north from where he was raised at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington D.C.  Malikai, a female, was flown in from the Exotic Feline Breeding Compound in Rosamond, California.

“I’m hopeful everyone is really going to love them; they’re really lanky and really slick and they like to play a lot,” said Binghamton Zoo General Curator Nancy Kitchen. I have no doubt that everyone will really love them <3

(Source: http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/2016/03/18/new-species-zoo-unveils-endangered-cat/81965252/)

Fishing cats are aptly named after their feeding method of diving into the shallow waters of wetlands to snag fish and crustaceans. At the zoo they will be fed small rodents in addition to fish like herring and capelin. While fishing cats are larger than the typical household cat, they are considerably smaller than other wild felines like the Amur leopard, cougar, and snow leopard.

The potential mates are being held in separate enclosures while they adjust to their new homes but will soon be introduced, at first through a mesh barrier, and hopefully, they will eventually produce kittens.

(Source: http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Zoo-welcomes-fishing-cats-372550671.html)

Happy Caturday =^_^=

 

http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/2016/03/18/new-species-zoo-unveils-endangered-cat/81965252/

http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Zoo-welcomes-fishing-cats-372550671.html

 

 

Close Encounters of the Snow Leopard Kind

A few weeks ago, skiers on the Gulmarg slope in Kashmir, India, were stopped dead in their tracks, by a perfectly camouflaged snow leopard. This endangered cat is so rare, this kind of encounter is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for anyone. Luckily, they were filming their ski run, and were able to capture the chance meeting. They all stood slack-jawed, staring at the creature as it stared back at them, until 1:24 in the video, when the snow leopard breaks from his camouflage, and hurries away down the mountain. How exciting! …and luckily, no one got hurt, thank goodness.

Thank-you YouTube Channel Caters TV for this thrilling video

 

Happy Caturday =^_^=

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2r8yvyMSQU

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwF1euMcnj1jwHWzMIYBhpg

 

Japan’s Cat Island Finds Purr-fect Fix for Food Deficit

The cats that rule a remote island in Shikoku, Japan are licking their whiskers after a plea for food aid has triggered a flood of donations from across Japan.

(Source: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/02/26/national/shikokus-cat-island-finds-purr-fect-solution-to-food-crisis/#.VtHJ_fkrIdU)

More than 140 cats occupy the tiny island of Aoshima in Ehime Prefecture, which is playfully referred to as “Cat Island”, considering they outnumber humans 8 to 1. Unfortunately, the feral felines recently ran out of cat food, but a cry for help led to an extraordinary response.

“Food began pouring in from all over Japan,” says Kazuyuki Ono, whose tweet raised the alarm, said Friday, “there’s so much of it now we can’t store it,” he added. “We’re asking people to stop sending donations. But the cats couldn’t be happier.”

They look thrilled. (Source: http://aaj.tv/2016/02/japans-cat-island-finds-purr-fect-solution-to-food-crisis/)

Fittingly, hundreds of boxes of cat food arrived at Aoshima dock, a 30-minute boat ride from the mainland, in time for Feb. 22, which is unofficially known as Cat Day in Japan. The Japanese word ni means two and also sounds like the first part of nyanthe Japanese word for meow. This inspired a group of cat lovers to designate Cat Day as 2/22.

“The food started arriving right at that time,” Ono said. “In spring and summer, tourists bring food to feed the cats, but when it gets cold, the sea is rough and nobody comes,” he said. “Sometimes boats can’t cross in the rough seas. It’s a mysterious little island.”

(Source: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/03/05/national/felines-rule-on-ehimes-cat-island/#.VtHQB_krIdU)

Aoshima was once home to 1,000 people but today claims only 16 residents, mostly pensioners. The cats, originally brought to the island to kill the mice infesting fishermen’s boats, now rule the roost and draw curious visitors from across Asia and even Europe.

(Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/weird-news/cat-island-felines-outnumber-humans-japans-aoshima-island-n316331)

“It’s a cat paradise here,” said Ono, who took to Twitter at the request of Naoko Kamimoto, president of the Aoshima Cat Protection Society, after she found the cupboard bare.

“There are no crows, no dogs, no bikes, no cars,” Ono said. “They love nothing more than to just lie about in the street sunning themselves all day. Now their bellies are full. They’re purring happily.”

(Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japans-cat-island-finds-purr-fect-solution-to-food-crisis-as-donations-pour-in)

Happy Caturday =^_^=

 

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/02/26/national/shikokus-cat-island-finds-purr-fect-solution-to-food-crisis/#.VtHJ_fkrIdU

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/03/05/national/felines-rule-on-ehimes-cat-island/#.VtHQB_krIdU

 http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japans-cat-island-finds-purr-fect-solution-to-food-crisis-as-donations-pour-in

http://aaj.tv/2016/02/japans-cat-island-finds-purr-fect-solution-to-food-crisis/

 

Jesper the Skiing Cat from Norway

Jesper the Skiing Cat has taken the Interwebs by storm- or should I say snowstorm?

 

Jesper has already become a celebrity in his native Hedmark, Norway; he has his own blog in the Hamar Arbeiderblad (a local newspaper). But now, he is an international sensation and as of today, has more than 29,000 followers on his Facebook page, Jesperpus.

 

Jesper is a Norwegian Forest Cat, and behaves almost like a dog, loving to do outdoor sports all the while on a leash (was trained since 3 months old).  According to his owner, Jesper loves nothing more than fishing, but it’s a bit too cold for that right now. For February we’ll settle in for some cat sledding. Thank-you YouTube Channel Signals Daily for the great video. I watched many Jesper videos, and yours was my favorite!

 

Happy Caturday =^_^=

 

https://www.facebook.com/Jesperpus/timeline

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrc3RWQMi3e3x6vPKVqalSQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7ekWeSmWYQ

 

Ignoramusky & Chill

Ignoramusky’s Youtube channel has some of the best kitteh videos anywhere on ‘da interwebs.

The following video is one of my personal favorites. I had an insanely busy week, so this weekend, I plan to be this cat for as long as possible… complete with the squeetastic widdle kitty feeties. ^_^

 

Happy Caturday =^_^=

 

https://youtu.be/jWVW-Pa0Ohc
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkIAPBRr82MUFDiHHjw8JpQ

 

Kitty Vending Machine

Imagine you’re walking by one of those claw vending toy machines and you see this:

First Response? Best. Toy. Ever.

That’s exactly what happened in the well-known spa town of Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia. With snow and temperatures plunging to -2 degrees, the cat apparently had been looking for a way to get out of the cold when it spotted the vending machine outside a local cinema, so it snuck in and cozied up to the stuffed toys in the glass box.

Luckily, the cat was freed after movie-goers alerted police, who contacted the machine’s operator, who unlocked it and rescued the cat.

Happy Caturday =^_^=

 

http://nypost.com/2016/01/26/cat-warms-itself-up-inside-toy-vending-machine/

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11581534

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/home/pets/cat-stuck-inside-toy-vending-machine/news-story/65569d8cbf8635308c2b10b3ec00f138