Cheetah which entered mosque is harmless & loving, says owner

file-02-1446494513250316900.jpgJEDDAH: The owner of the cheetah which had strayed into a mosque in Buraidah recently has defended his big cat as “harmless and loving.”
Abdullah Al-Nagshimi, the owner of the animal, was quoted as saying by that his children play with the animal without fear and that his neighbors also love it.
Worshippers were shocked when the cheetah walked into the mosque and sat comfortably, looking at them. The video of the scene soon went viral on social media, raising questions as to where the animal came from.
“I received a phone call stating that a security patrol was guarding the mosque. I immediately went there and saw the animal sitting quietly even amid the security men and citizens and it did not hurt anyone. It came to me as soon as it saw me. This assured everybody inside the mosque that it is a peaceful pet and there was no need to be afraid of it.”
“I have been breeding big cats for

The Biggest Trend In Safaris Tigers

Bengal tiger in India.The classic African safari features a huge variety of wildlife on land, water and sky, but the main attractions for most travelers are the big cats: the lion, cheetah and leopard. It is very easy to see lions on safari and possible to view all three species in a single trip. Each has its fans, and all are beautiful and compelling, but none can match the grandeur of the biggest of the big cats, the tiger, which you will never see on an African safari. You have to make a special trip to see the tiger, but it’s worth it, because the tiger is that special. The King of the Jungle moniker bestowed on lions is more a case of good marketing than reality – the tiger is not just the king of the jungle, it is the king of pretty much everything.

While the lion sits atop its regional food chain as the apex predator, its place in the natural order is far from carefree, with lions being driven off their own kills by hyena packs, and occasionally being chased away by elephants. The tiger, on the other hand, is a true

Help Name Indianapolis Zoo’s Lion Cub Trio

4_Cub-Jackie CurtsThe Zoo is now asking for help selecting names for the feisty cubs. The public can cast their vote in a Facebook poll. Zookeepers originally preselected nine names, but they have narrowed that list to six for the public vote. The three most popular names will become the names for the cubs.


The selected names, along with their pronunciation and meaning, are:

Enzi (ehn-ZEE), “powerful”

Mashaka (mash-AH-kah), “troublemaker”

Zuberi (zuw-BEH-ree), “strong”

Leland (LEE-lahnd), “meadowland”

Sukari (sue-CAR-ee), “sweet”

Niara (nee-AH-rah), “one with high purpose”


The poll opened at 5am on November 3rd, and voting will close at 11:59pm on Monday, November 30th. The results will be announced on December 1st.

Voting is taking place on the Indianapolis Zoo’s Facebook page:

Facebook users who “like” the Indianapolis Zoo’s page can vote once per day. Additionally, one lucky fan will be chosen at random to receive an Indianapolis Zoo prize pack, which includes a lion plush and a family four-pack of Zoo tickets.

First-time mother Zuri and her trio of cubs continue to do well. They will remain in a private indoor area to protect the newborns’ health. Zoo veterinarians and keepers are pleased with the cubs’

Top Health Problems Associated with Giant Dogs

If you love these giant poodles such as Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds, and Saint Bernard’s you know that they are fun to be around, with their polite character, docile demeanor, and big hearts! What you may be oblivious to is that their immense size is a curse in disguise. It leaves them susceptible to myriad health complications that, unfortunately, cut their lives short.

Although great man dog storage locker have been made in vet science to curb these health problems, all dog owners should be aware of them to care better for their pets. Here are the top 5 health concerns that affect giant dog breeds.

  1. Elbow Dysplasia

Many giant breed dogs have faced their untimely demise because of hip dysplasia. Perhaps Great Dane is most prone to this health complication. Though many dog lovers aren’t aware of elbow dysplasia, it’s the chief culprit in many dog lameness cases. In essence, constant wear and tear in the malfunctioned elbow joint causes eventual joint osteoarthritis and infection. According to recent research finding, abnormally rapid growth and hereditary agents are the primary determinants whether a dog gets elbow dysplasia or not. Consult with your

Was early animal evolution co-operative?

The fossil group called the Ediacaran biota have been troubling researchers for a long time. How do these peculiar organisms relate to modern organisms? In a new study, published in Biological Reviews, researchers from Sweden and Spain suggest the Ediacarans reveal previously unexplored pathways taken by animal evolution. They also propose a new way of looking at the effect the Ediacarans might have had on the evolution of other animals.

The fossil record of animals starts for sure by about 540 million years ago, but their origins before this point have remained obscure. Darwin himself worried about this problem at length in the “Origin of species.” But after Darwin was writing, a famous group of fossils were discovered called the Ediacaran biota, named after a remote mine in South Australia where many were found. They are now known to be widespread around the globe from the interval of time just before the animal fossil record starts.

But what are these peculiar organisms? Their very strange morphology has made relating them to modern organisms very difficult, and they have been suggested to be related to anything from plants, fungi and lichens through to recognisable animals such as worms and arthropods.


Using Animal Control To Get Rid Of Unwanted Critters

Animal Control in Carlsbad, CA is responsible for dealing with most of the animal related disturbances for San Diego County, including all of the incorporated and unincorporated areas within. But you may be at a loss if you should contact the City of Carlsbad, who contracts with the County of San Diego for animal control services, or if you should contact the county itself. Here are a few guidelines you can follow to make sure that you are contacting the right department, as well as ensuring that you are not putting yourself in any unnecessary risk.

If you are just looking to adopt a pet, license one you have already, or any other pet matter that is unrelated to a disturbance you should contact the County of San Diego directly. They operate three shelters, including the one in Carlsbad, so you should not have to contact animal control in Carlsbad at all for any peaceful inquiries. Carlsbad animal control is mostly responsible for dealing with animal disturbances that pose an immediate threat to people or animals. So be sure to ask yourself how urgent your inquiry is, and that should help guide you to the correct organization.

A situation requiring animal control

Animal Spirit Wisdom

Animal Spirit Wisdom

To our past ancestors, the animal held great spiritual power and symbolic meaning. In Native American culture, mythology and ancient civilizations, each animal is embodied with its own symbolic meaning and held its own unique spiritual power.
A particular animal crossing your path had deep significance to your life and indeed a strong message to impart. The presence of animal wisdom may appear to you in a dream, on the physical plane or intuitively.

The Butterfly

The butterfly is the symbol of metamorphosis and transformation.
The symbol of new life, letting go of old cycles and finding your true inner expression.
The butterfly calls you to expand your awareness, spread your wings and call forth your inner joy.
Let go of limitations, and free yourself to express your own beauty within.

It is the time of spiritual transitions. Symbolic of moving from one phase of life to the next reaching higher, reaching outward, leaving the safety of the cocoon and finding your own place among the flowers of life.
Allowing the wind to carry you forward to your goals and dreams.
A time of self-discovery rebirth. The butterfly shows you the beauty within.
Go forth with joy.

I recognize my true

Five Safety Tips for Avoiding a Collision With an Animal

Collisions with animals are a serious problem across the United States. The Insurance Information Institute estimates that there are more than 1.6 million vehicle collisions with deer each year, resulting in over $4.6 billion in vehicle damage, medical costs and other expenses.

See also: Aggressive Drivers — What Can You Do?

Knowing the following information about animal collisions can help you reduce your risk.

  1. If an animal jumps out in front of you, do not swerve, but brake quickly.
  2. In most cases, hitting the animal will cause less damage than hitting another vehicle or tree.
  3. Be especially alert at dusk and dawn when visibility can be reduced; 90 percent of collisions with animals occur at these times.
  4. Deer activity peaks from October to December; nearly half of deer collisions happen during these months.
  5. Wooded areas are likely crossing spots for animals, and many, like deer, travel together, so expect more than one animal to cross the road.

What if I hit an animal?

  • Call local law enforcement if you have a

Lions are rapidly losing ground in Africa

A new study confirms that lions are rapidly and literally losing ground across Africa’s once-thriving savannahs due to burgeoning human population growth and subsequent, massive land-use conversion. Representing the most comprehensive assessment of the state and vitality of African savannah habitat to date, the report maintains that the lion has lost 75% of its original natural habitat in Africa — a reduction that has devastated lion populations across the continent.

Co-authored by Panthera’s Lion Program Survey Coordinator, Dr. Philipp Henschel, and a team of researchers coordinated by Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, this report, entitled “The size of savannah Africa: A lion’s (Panthera leo) view,” was published online this week in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation.

Using Google Earth’s high-resolution satellite imagery, the study examined savannah habitat across Africa, which comprises the majority of the lion’s current range, and also analyzed human population density data to identify areas of suitable habitat currently occupied by lions. Incredibly, the analysis identified only 67 isolated regions across the continent where significant lion populations may persist. Of these areas, just 15 were estimated to maintain a population of at least 500 lions.

“The reality is that from an original area a third

Where Did All the Lions Go

Lions, that symbol of Africa’s wild beauty, power and freedom, no longer roam in Mali. Or in Ivory Coast or Ghana or war-shattered eastern Congo. Or most of the rest of West Africa.

Three years of searching and no sight of a lion for Philipp Henschel, lion survey coordinator for the New York-based Panthera conservation group.

Then he saw it, his first lion in West Africa. And in of all places, Nigeria.

“It came as a big surprise because Nigeria has by far the biggest human population on the continent, and the national parks are fairly small compared to others in West Africa that already have lost their lions,” Henschel told The Associated Press.

“Everyone was excited, including rangers from Nigeria’s National Park Service — it was the first time they had seen one too.”

That was in 2009. The count was depressing: 25 to 30 lions left in Kainji Lake National Park in west-central Nigeria and only about five in the east-central Yankari National Park. Three years earlier, Nigerian conservationists had reported lions present in six protected areas, but they had apparently disappeared in four of them, Henschel said.

Henschel has gone on to survey all 21 protected areas believed to harbor lions in West

10,000 year old lion cubs found in cave

One of Earth’s long-extinct and ancient predators has been found — wholly intact for the first time — in a cave in eastern Russia, the Siberian Times reports. According to the Academy of Sciences of Yakutia, two cave lion cubs were discovered this summer almost totally preserved by permafrost in the Sakha Republic of Siberia. “The find is sensational, no doubt,” says a source linked to the discovery. The Academy plans to present the lions along with other high-profile, Pleistocene-era finds (like the Kolyma woolly rhinoceros and a woolly mammoth nicknamed Yuka) to the media in November. Scientists involved promise the cubs have no scary infections, like anthrax, but little else is known — including whether high-quality DNA was obtained from them, the Mirror reports.

Closely related to today’s Afro-Asiatic lion, cave lions (Panthera spelaea) apparently roamed from Russia’s far east to the British Isles, as well as northwestern Canada and Alaska. They were big, with a shoulder height of nearly four feet, and stalked horses, reindeer, and maybe young mammoths, IFL Science reports. It’s unclear why they went extinct, but human hunting and climate change may have robbed them of prey. Only individual bones, parts of teeth, and carcass fragments have been found of cave lions

Lion populations in Africa could halve in 20 years

The number of lions in Africa is rapidly dropping, except in highly-managed areas in the south of the continent, a study has found.

It suggests that lion populations in unprotected areas could be cut in half over the next two decades.

The paper’s authors say lions should now be upgraded to an endangered species in Central and West Africa.

The loss of habitat, hunting, and a demand for traditional medicine have all contributed to population decline.

Lions are currently considered “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, but endangered status means they would be considered at “a very high risk of extinction in the wild”.

The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, says “many lion populations are either now gone or expected to disappear within the next few decades”.

Image caption The study predicts a 67% chance that lions in West and Central Africa will decline by half.

African lion populations are declining everywhere on the continent, with the exception of Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, which are having success with what the paper calls “small, fenced, intensively managed,

Ringling Big Cat Trainer Sheds Light on Circus Life

While many kids dream of running away to join the circus, Alexander Lacey actually did.

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus big cat trainer takes to the spotlight on a regular basis to awe crowds with his animal training abilities. And, while a cuddle from a lion is most certainly a thrill of a lifetime, Lacey said the job isn’t as glamorous as star-struck children might believe.

“It’s a lot of work,” Lacey told Patch. “What a lot of people don’t realize is it is a 24-hour a day, 365-day-a-year job. The animals rely on you entirely.”

Lacey comes by his passion for animals naturally. His parents, he explained, owned two zoos in England and he began helping with animal care when he was about the age of 4.

“I went to boarding school and when I came back on holiday I would spend my time looking after all the animals, but especially the big cats,” he said.

By the time Lacey was 17, his mind was made up: He wanted to work with big cats full time.

That decision, he said, is one he’s glad he made.

“It’s a way of life,” he admits.

For others considering a similar path, Lacey reminds that the job

Extinct cave lion cubs found frozen but remarkably intact

The fortuitous bounty of cyclic glacial thaws is perhaps most stunningly revealed to us in the occasional cache of well-preserved ice age mega-fauna. The latest care package hailing through deep time is a pair of extinct cave lion cubs found in the Sakha Republic of Yakutia. Believed to be at least 10,000 years old, the Siberian lions will soon be the subjects of an intense analysis aimed at reconstructing the curious Pleistocene world from which we ourselves quickened into modern form.

Full media fanfare will have to wait until the Academy of Sciences of Yakutia presents their finds at a meeting in late November. From what we can see now, the perfectly preserved cubs look fairly similar to their modern (though slightly smaller) lion counterparts. Previous finds, genetic analysis, and various cave art depictions have suggested to some that these lions may have a slightly more “tigerish” look. If sufficiently intact DNA can be extracted from the cubs, we might probe this question in more depth by engineering a modern lion egg with a reconstructed cave lion nucleus, and bringing it to full term.

To really produce an authentic cave lion — a la Jurassic park — one probably has to include

Photos of scrawny looking lion and tiger raise concerns for Beijing Zoo’s big cats

Zoos bring the thrill of being able to observe wild, exotic animals up close that we normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to see. For young and old alike, seeing one’s favorite animal just a few meters away can be a magical experience, but sadly for the animal involved, the experience may not be a happy one.

With news like the deer who died from plastic consumption and the lonely “headbanging” bear, it seems that recently there are an increasing number of sad stories coming from zoos. Unfortunately we have yet another to add to the list, as photographs of a couple of Beijing Zoo’s big cats surfaced on the internet this past week that beg the question of how well these animals are being taken care of.

On the 22nd of October, a photo surfaced on Weibo, essentially China’s version of Twitter, of a lion from the Beijing Zoo that raised a lot of concern over the health of the animal. The lion, standing alone in a rather barren enclosure, looked to be nothing but skin and bones, far skinnier than any healthy lion should be. The photo was uploaded by an apparent animal activist, who in addition uploaded another photo of a tiger from the same zoo who also

A bear a lion and a tiger are a family at Noah’s Ark in Locust Grove

LOCUST GROVE — In a three-acre enclosure at Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, a bear, a lion and a tiger live as brothers.

The trio of unlikely friends, called “the BLT,” have been together for 14 years, bonded from a shared horror as cubs.

Allison Hedgecoth, the sanctuary’s animal husbandry manager, said it’s the only place in the world where those three species live together.

At first, Hedgecoth said, the sanctuary staff didn’t see the arrangement as unique because they usually try to keep animals together that come there together.

But they later realized how unusual it was — and that something about it resonated with visitors. People have come from around the world to see the animals.

The lion is native to Africa, the black bear to North America and the Bengal tiger to India, so the three species would never meet in the wild, Hedgecoth said.

“I think the main thing that the BLT teaches is really just loving each other despite our differences,” Hedgecoth said. “They don’t see that one is brown and one is striped and one is tan. They just know each other as their family and that they are brothers.”

In 2001, they were cubs found in the basement of an Atlanta

Lion Kills Illegal Game Hunter And His Dogs Near Kruger National Park

In what might be perceived as karma, an illegal game hunter and his two dogs were mauled to death by a lion at a private game farm in Limpopo near Kruger National Park, South Africa on Thursday. The hunter will get no sympathy from lovers of the famous Cecil the Lion, who was killed just over the border from the game farm by an American dentist.

According to authorities in the Limpopo Province, Matome Mahlale, 24, was one of a group of five illegal game hunters, hunting without a license on a private game farm close to Kruger National Park. While they were hunting, two lions charged at the group. Mahlale was mauled to death in the attack with his two hunting dogs, who accompanied the men on the illegal game hunt.

The Daily Express quoted Colonel Ronel Otto of the Limpopo Province police as saying three of the men had managed to climb into a tree and a fourth had escaped the scene when one of the lions attacked, “but the deceased and two dogs were mauled to death.”

Otto went on to say they have a big problem in the area with illegal game hunters, saying it makes huge

Lion mauls hunter to death

Johannesburg – An illegal hunting trip in Limpopo has ended with a villager and his two dogs being mauled to death by a lion on a private game farm near the Kruger National Park.

Two lions charged Matome Mahlale, 24, and four fellow hunters on Thursday, according to Limpopo police spokeswoman Colonel Ronel Otto.

Three of the men managed to climb up a tree and a fourth escaped.

Mahlale’s two dogs also died.

Otto said illegal hunting was a common problem.

The illegal hunters created a huge problem for the police, she said.

“It’s difficult from the police’s side because the problem is vast.

“We do work together with the rural communities.

“If we learn that there is a problem, we get there as soon as we can.”

However, while police were able to respond quickly to an incident, they could not prevent the illegal hunting from taking place in the first place, Otto said.

The Limpopo police say they are continuing to investigate the incident in which Mahlale died.

The owners of the private game farm have not laid charges against the surviving illegal game hunters for trespassing.

It is also understood that because the hunt was illegal, Mahlale’s family are not considering filing a complaint against the owners of the

Lions and tigers at the fair but why, Group plans to protest wild animal shows

One of the first things fairgoers might notice on Saturday at the 61st annual Greater Gulf State Fair is a tiger in a cage at the corner of Zeigler Boulevard and Cody Road at The Grounds in west Mobile. But if they’ll look a little closer, they’ll see that it’s not a tiger at all, but a woman in a tiger costume, with a chain around her neck, protesting the fact that tigers are part of the entertainment at this year’s event.

She’ll be joined by other protesters with the nonprofit group ARC (Awakening Respect and Compassion for All Sentient Beings) holding signs to express their unhappiness over the fact that the fair will host two different wild animal acts as entertainment.

Along with rides and corn dogs, the fair, which opened today, is offering the Bengal Tiger Encounter and the Predators Unlimited Wildlife Show. The shows, which will be staged two or three times per day for the fair’s 10-day duration, illustrate the “Wizard of Oz” theme, emphasized on billboards and other advertisements with the tagline “Lions, tigers, the fair… oh, my!”

It’s not the first time wild animals have been featured at the fair, said Scott Tindle, executive director at The Grounds, who was aware that a

Frenchman fights to keep 300lb pet male lion in his back garden

French authorities were due to decide on Monday whether a man in southern France can keep a 300lb (150kg) lion as a “pet”, with the owner insisting he is in no danger and treats the animal better than travelling circuses.

Ciam, a 14-month male, has for the past seven months been in the illegal care of Anthony Crapet, a 36-year old builder, and his wife, at their home in Poussan in the Hérault department of southern France. The couple has two children.

The beast, which Mr Crapet says was a present from a circus director friend, is for now kept in a small cage and, according to visitors is of a very “calm” disposition.

The owner insists that he can handle the fearsome wild cat. “Does he look aggressive to you?,” he asked France Info. “Not at all. I play with him, I stroke him, he’s mine.

“I bought all the equipment. Ciam was given to me. Ciam is well fed.,” he went on, saying he feeds him 350lb (160kg) of meat per month.

The lion remained hidden for the past seven months on his land in a temporary cage made of wire fencing. “It’s all safe,” insisted

Lions, symbol of pride, vanishing in West Africa

LAGOS (AP) — Lions, that symbol of Africa’s wild beauty, power and freedom, no longer roam in Mali. Or in Cote d’Ivoire or Ghana or war-shattered eastern Congo. Or most of the rest of West Africa.

Three years of searching and no sight of a lion for Philipp Henschel, lion survey coordinator for the New York-based Panthera conservation group.

Then he saw it, his first lion in West Africa. And in of all places, Nigeria.

“It came as a big surprise because Nigeria has by far the biggest human population on the continent, and the national parks are fairly small compared to others in West Africa that already have lost their lions,” Henschel told The Associated Press.

“Everyone was excited, including rangers from Nigeria’s National Park Service — it was the first time they had seen one too.”

That was in 2009. The count was depressing: 25 to 30 lions left in Kainji Lake National Park in west-central Nigeria and only about five in the east-central Yankari National Park. Three years earlier, Nigerian conservationists had reported lions present in six protected areas, but they had apparently disappeared in four of them, Henschel said.

His research, published last year, reported that lions no longer exist

Importing lion trophies to the US could be outlawed as Cecil backlash continues

Big game hunters face a ban on importing trophies into the US as American politicians back a bill designed to prevent another lion suffering the same fate as Cecil.

The measure, which has been passed by the US House of Representatives, which requires the backing of the Senate, would also impose similar penalties on wildlife traffickers to those meted out to illegal arms and drug dealers.

Even its title, The Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large (CECIL) Animal Trophies Act, was inspired by the much-loved lion killed in Zimbabwe in July by Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist, whose identity was exclusively disclosed by the Telegraph.

A bill, which had bipartisan support, was introduced in August by Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democratic congressman from New Jersey.

In addition to banning the import of lion trophies and imposing tougher penalties on traffickers, the measure is also intended to enable action to be taken against countries which fail to tackle big game poaching within their own boundaries.

Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minneapolis, Minnesota, who admitted shooting and killing Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe  Photo: Tim Stewart News Limited

Mr Palmer went into hiding for several

Activists say escaped tigers highlight Mexico’s need for a wild animal sanctuary

Police in Mexico are on the lookout for two tigers that escaped from a ranch in the western state of Michoacán on Sunday afternoon.

Backed by local zookeepers, police officers have been patrolling the surrounding area in car and on foot in a bid to capture the felines that are considered a risk to the population.

It is unclear who the owners are or whether they had the appropriate permits to keep the animals.

Such incidents are a regular occurrence in Mexico, where ownership of big cats is not uncommon.

Just two days earlier, another tiger escaped from a hotel where it was kept as an attraction in the neighboring state of Guerrero.

In September, authorities in Jalisco state captured yet another tiger that had escaped from a gated community in the city of Guadalajara.

In that case, the eight-month-old feline was returned to its owners, who had the documents to prove their legal ownership of the animal.

Activists criticize current laws

Animal rights activists say such incidents highlight the need to not only outlaw ownership of such animals in Mexico, but also to create a wildlife sanctuary capable of providing rescued animals with an appropriate environment.

María García Domínguez runs Libero Santuario Silvestre, a non-governmental organization that rescues