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Another true story from Kenya, might bring a few smiles to a dull day.

I got opportunity of a really cheap run up to the Mara for a few days. Stayed in a 'tourist lodge'. Some years previous lions had killed a zebra at the entrance. The staff rescued it's baby.

Baby hung around and got relatively tame, and most definitely bigger and bigger. It's quite something being 'greeted' by a fully grown zebra ( they are huge up close) when you're checking in. 

Couple of days in, I was waiting for the safari Jeep and decided to dash back to my little hut/room for a tinkle. Didn't shut the 'front door'. Emerged from loo to find said enormous zebra in hut/ room having a good old nosey/ sniff around. Couldn't persuade it to go out; managed to get passed it ( in one piece, their kicks can kill you). So I live to tell the tale of someone who has asked housekeeping to remove a zebra from my 'hotel' room, whilst I was out for the day. 

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Hi Delly, that is conscientious. Can't say I ever done it, but. When I was a little girl (approx 250 years ago) I loved pinching win a lot dog biscuits from the dogs bowl. Delicious, but needless to say not encouraged by my mother. The dog didn't seem to mind though -lol. 

I agree zoos ( well run ones) are becoming a necessary evil. In contrast to see lions, giraffes and nellythumps roaming free in Africa, they make me sad, but I suppose these days nearly zoo animals are born in captivity and don't really know any difference. 

So much cruelty in the world though, what The Born Free Foundation did and continues to do, is simply wonderful, if heart-wrenching to read about. 

 

 

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Wonky - Perhaps you should put him in a jumper until his hair's regrown! Cat LOL A definite photo to post if you find out how to.

I have a confession - I DID used to taste test my cat's dried food and treats if I was trying a different one. Well I was just being conscientious wasn't I! Checking they tasted okay. No, not a whole bowlful, just one or two. And no, not the moist food. The "Dreamies" with the cheesy centre were definitely the tastiest (to a human (and cat))!!! 

Hope your boy's still doing well.

Ref disappearing and declining animals - Yeh, I'm so with you. Sadly we can't do an awful lot to halt it when it's down to mans progress and utilising more and more of the planet. But it especially breaks my heart when it's through needless slaughtering, as I mentioned (more like spitting venom about Cat Mad !) on "Pet Lovers". Our zoos have now become more and more important as sanctuaries and for breeding in an attempt to maintain numbers and existence, rather than just the "fun novelty" they used to be.

 

Hope you're all doing well. Lots of love to everyone. xxxx

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Mummy why are my knees cold? Well, for those who are familiar with Wonky & Co, you'll know one half of the 'gruesome twosome' spent Christmas in the vets, fighting for his life. Now.... I would never (EVER! ) 'dis' anyone who has gone through chemo, but weirdly he is maybe unwittingly the 'poster boy' on your side guys, having had his legs and belly shaved, but still 'rockin it'. If I could only work out how to post a photo.....he's still gorgeous. And so are you!!! 

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Love this story!

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A true story. Some years ago I was staying on the Kenya Coast. A very elderly (frail) couple were guests at the hotel and seemed rather 'lost'. They had come out to "see the Masai Mara and especially to see a real Masai warrior". Problem was they were hundreds of miles from the Mara, with no money to get there, no suitable clothing etc. They were very vulnerable. But they were poppets.

Mr, really knew his stuff about the Masai, he had read books etc, so he was very upset that the so-called Masai on the coast, weren't ' the real McCoy'. ( They can be, but they wear facsimiles of traditional dress, not the authentic stuff). 

It was heartbreaking, seeing his disappointment. 

The Masai venerate the elderly; so to cut a long story short, come the 'standard Masai dancing display'  at the hotel one night, the hotel manager made sure the poppets had a front row seat and were 'made a fuss of'. Next day, no sign of the old couple. 

The 'local' Masai chief, had arranged to have them picked up in 4WD, taken to a boma and given the Full Monty experience. Mr returned to the hotel the happiest old man I have ever seen, accompanied by two (real) Moran escorts, to show his importance. The Masai didn't take a penny off the poppets. The chief did swap shoes with Mr though. So somewhere in Kenya is a pair of Oxford brogues, and Mr went home in traditional Masai 'sandles'. 

What does this have to do with animals? Well in the midst of all this, I volunteered to take the poppets to Heller Park. It's more a zoo than the real thing, but nice for them. Heller was famous at the time because it had a baby hippo which had been rescued and had been befriended by a baby zebra ( from memory it was a zebra). Off we went. Back we came. The poppets then told everyone about the lovely day they had had, looking at a "pig and a pony". 

 

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Conjures up a wonderful image- the advent calendar - lol. I have Nepita ( cat mint) planted in my garden. Pretty purple flowers. My two love to lay amongst it on sunny days. Guess its a spa treatment! 

 I've just come across 'Mountain Lion In My Fridge' on here, in Hope & Inspiration. It's worth a read, I shrieked with laughter at the bit about rubbing Kale on the lion 🙂 x

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When my two cats were kittens a friend got them an advent calender. Each day had a little bag of treats - about 6 different types. Each day around the same time we would open the door for them and share the bag between them. They loved all the treats, except the catnip ones! The final door had a little material mouse with a bell in it and despite the fact it has lost its tail and eyes and I think now both ears it is still their most favourite toy 🙂

 

I'm not sure they are especially brand loyal to treats. We usually get them Felix ones from habit but they will accept own brand versions. They also like a cat stick on occasion. And the female would like yoghurt but Iit doesn't end well!

 

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Hmmm, wonder what they taste like- lol.

If you ever get the opportunity to go on safari, you'll love it; it is incredible! Agree as regards dwindling numbers, alas it looks like Australia has the risk of many of its species being lost forever, heart breaking.

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Hi Wonky. Yeh "Dreamies". I'm thinking about eating them myself Smiley LOL See if they have the same affect as in the adverts!! Give "me" some vim and vigour !

I envy you on the safari experience. Something I'd love, and still have hopes, to do, before all the "big ones" (and the not so big but diminishing in number ones) disappear xxx

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Hi. I posted under Coping with fear and anxiety: "Pet Lovers", at Christmas and had such lovely and heartwarming replies, I thought I would post this as a potential 'chat place' for anyone who fancies joining.

It's kind of hard to know how to start and I don't want to be prescriptive, but here goes.

I've been an animal-lover all my life ( tbh I sometimes think I get on better with them, than I do humans -lol). I've been very lucky in that I have always had the opportunity to have pets, so have. Also I live in a rural setting so have a constant parade of wildlife through the garden, and at the other extreme I have had the priviledge of seeing wild animals on safari, in Africa, which was mind-blowing!.

That's just a bit of background......

So, Dreamies " the treats cats crave". Crave (! ?) my two understand the word and come running if say it and even if I don't seem to be able to tell the noise of the Dreamies-packet, from the noise of ( say) a crisp packet. What is in this stuff - lol. Still, it's handy that if they are out galavanting and I want them in, I just shout "Dreamies" at the back door and, hey presto! Neighbours must think I'm crazy - lol.

Other than that pretty normal food-wise with exception of the old-girl's 'thing' about yoghurt. She seems to have a built-in yoghurt sensor. The deal is I eat the yoghurt ( unnerving as she watches intently) and then she licks the pot clean. If you are a vet, please have mercy; I don't eat much yoghurt, lol. Anyhow that's the deal and has been for a decade; she's not an affectionate cat, but she makes an exception for yoghurt.

Well, I'll close now and wait to see if this 'has legs' by way of others fancying some light relief chatting about 'all creatures great & small'.