Oh Dog! It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for another visit with me- DeDe!
We’ve been talking feral kittens this week. As you know, we found no rescue group or person willing to take in these little guys, so they will live a feral life. It got me to thinking- how is it that no one wants to take on 4 little feral kittens, but people are intent on interacting with (and owning) animals that were never domesticated?
Last weekend a British woman was injured by “tame” cheetahs in a cage at the Kragga Kamma Game Park in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Violet D’Mello has injuries all over her body caused by two hand-reared cheetahs. (you can read the story from BBC news here).
We hear these stories over and over again- people injured or killed by undomesticated animals that were supposedly tame. One of the most famous being that of Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy being mauled by one of the tigers in their show (CNN story here).
And yet, people want to own these animals as pets? And can do so with relative ease. Here’s a link to the story published in Time after the Zanesville tragedy about how easy it is to buy a tiger here in the US.
Ya know, those little kittens were cautious but curious when I was in the yard with Jen. But if Jen was out there without one of us dogs? The kittens hid. They’ve already learned the truth about humans- they’re not to be trusted.
So take a little advice from DeDe- let wild animals be wild, and quit thinking that you gotta own everything you like.
See ya next week!