Sir Philip Green stands out on his leopard-print boat

Sir Philip Green stands out on his leopard-print boat


His Topshop stores are awash with leopard print designs season in and season out.

So it is little surprise that Sir Philip Green favours the decidedly eye-catching motif for his boat.

The retail mogul was pictured boarding his speedboat ‘Lion Cub’ in Monaco yesterday en route to his super yacht ‘Lionheart’.

Animal instinct: Sir Philip Green is pictured on a leopard print boat in MonacoAnimal instinct: Sir Philip Green is pictured on a leopard print boat in Monaco

The spotty design is a little strange given the vessel’s name, but nevertheless the 60-year-old had no trouble standing out as he zoomed through the water.

The boat was used last year to transport former lovebirds Leonard DiCaprio and Blake Lively to the yacht when they were guests of Sir Philip during their short lived summer romance.

Green boarded his runabout alone yesterday with three immaculately-dressed crewmembers on hand to carry his belongings and drive the boat.

On the prowl: The Topshop mogul's runabout boat 'Lion cub', which ferries him to his super yacht 'Lion heart', is covered in leopard print and features a leopard on the sideOn the prowl: The Topshop mogul’s runabout boat ‘Lion Cub’, which ferries him to his super yacht ‘Lion Heart’, is covered in leopard print and features a leopard on the side

Looking relaxed, the Topshop owner reclined in a seat and chatted on his phone.

Sir Philip was not joined by daughter Chloe, who is busily preparing for her shoe collection, CJG, launch this week.

Chloe is unlikely to have been that impressed by her father’s decidedly flashy boat anyway, given her tendency to travel by private jet.

Entourage: Sir Philip was accompanied to the boat by the crewEntourage: Sir Philip was accompanied to the boat by the crew


The former Made In Chelsea star said in an interview last week that although she enjoys her A-list flights, she is also happy to travel on down to earth commercial airlines. 

Speaking to Elle magazine, Chloe said: ‘At no point in my life have I ever taken anything for granted.

‘I’m not saying to my dad, “Because we have a jet can I borrow it and fly down to France?”. If my dad says, “Would you like the plane?” then I’ll say, “Sure, if you don’t mind.” But if not, BA is fine.’

Flying solo: Green was not joined by any friends or family for the trip out to the yachtFlying solo: Green was not joined by any friends or family for the trip out to the yacht


A-list transport: the boat was used to ferry Leonardo DiCaprio and Blake Lively to Green's yacht during their short-lived romance last summerA-list transport: the boat was used to ferry Leonardo DiCaprio and Blake Lively to Green’s yacht during their short-lived romance last summer

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Inbred White tiger gives birth in Ukraine

Inbred White tiger gives birth in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine — A beautiful white tiger that became a symbol of Yulia Tymoshenko’s presidential campaign has returned to the spotlight by giving birth to four cubs, including a rare albino one.


Activists hope the birth of the cubs in a zoo on Sunday will lift the spirits of Tymoshenko since she is now in prison and she had used the tigress, Tigryulia, as a symbol of ferocious resolve.


For nearly three weeks, Tymoshenko was on a hunger strike after prison officials allegedly beat her, and she ended it on Wednesday when a German doctor was allowed to supervise her treatment for severe back pain at the clinic in the eastern city of Kharkiv, where her prison is located.


“These are really very rare tigers,” said Oleh Zubkov, head of Ukraine’s biggest zoo, where Tigryulia is kept in the Black Sea resort city Yalta. “All the zoos in Ukraine and in the world dream of having such tigers born.”


Since Tigryulia, a 3-year-old white Bengal tiger, successfully delivered the cubs she has been reluctant to nurse them, apparently distracted by zoo visitors and her partner, a 6-year-old tiger from France named Patrice. Zoo workers are helping out by nursing the cubs from bottles.


Zubkov, whose wife works at the zoo, said she “has completely disappeared from my life – she feeds them every two hours.”


Tigryulia’s path to fame started in the summer of 2009, when the then 4-month-old tiger was bought at a Swiss zoo and presented to Tymoshenko, the charismatic Orange Revolution heroine, at a children’s festival.


Tymoshenko, who then served as prime minister and was running for president, fell in love with the tiger and made the animal a key image of her campaign, with posters of Tymoshenko tenderly holding Tigryulia dotting the country. Afterward, Tigryulia was placed in the Yalta zoo and a Tymoshenko ally brought in the Bengal tiger, Patrice, from France to keep her company, but the two didn’t hit it off at first.


“Both Tigryulia and Patrice have very difficult personalities – to put it mildly,” Zubkov said. “At first we were afraid they would simply kill each other.”


I hope her entire campaign is not as misguided as inbreeding generic tigers to create color morphs.


Groups Fight Over Orphaned Cheetah Cubs

KWS, conservancy fight over cheetahs

Photo/CORRESPONDENT | NATION One of three cheetah cubs over whose custody the KWS and Mara Conservancy are fighting sniffs an impala carcass at the conservancy.


Posted  Saturday, May 12  2012 at  21:38


On the morning of March 1 a mother cheetah gracefully wandered into the lush golden savannah grassland of the western tip of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve with her three two-month-old cubs.

Pulled by the craving for food, she left them behind and hunted deep into lion territory. She never returned. It is possible she fell into the jaws of the lions.


A search by game rangers found only the destitute cubs, now shrivelled due to hunger and cold. They were transferred to the Mara Triangle headquarters.


A tussle


But the little cubs are now the subject of a dispute between the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Mara Conservancy, which manages the Mara Triangle on behalf of the Trans Mara County Council.


The triangle, known for its rich wildlife, was hived off the Narok County Council side of the world-famous reserve when Trans Mara district was carved out of the larger Narok district in 1994.


It is a centre of attraction for tourists who flock there to watch the wildebeest migration. It is also home to hippo, lions, cheetah and rhino.


While the conservancy wants to keep the cubs, KWS on Saturday moved them to the Animal Orphanage in Nairobi. Each party seemed eager to take care of the cubs, the contest being the best way to do so.


The conservancy wants to keep the cubs, arguing that they would find a better habitat in the Mara than being kept “in captivity at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage.”

“These cubs play an important role in the survival of their species. We are appealing to the Kenyan Wildlife Service to give these cheetahs a chance due to the critical situation.


“Everything is in place, the cubs are wild, experts in carnivore release have stepped up to help, everything is ready except the cooperation of the KWS,” said Ms Sybelle Foxcroft, wildlife biologist and cat specialist, who is also the founder of an Australian Conservation organisation Cee4life.


But KWS director Julius Kipng’etich says all wildlife are the property of the State and that it could not give licence to own an orphanage without a sustainability model.


The cheetah has lost 76 per cent of its historical range and has continued to be threatened by habitat loss, competition by rival carnivores and persecution by farmers. It is estimated that there are just about 300 cheetahs left in the Maasai Mara.


“The proposal for rehabilitation for the three cubs was sent to KWS on May 5, 2012. On the May 7 Kenya Wildlife Service informed MC that the proposal will apply for future incidents and not for the current three cubs,” the conservancy said in a statement.


Dr Kipng’etich told the conservancy in a letter that cheetah rehabilitation back to the wild is not scientifically proven to be successful, and the cheetahs would be kept at the orphanage for educational purposes.


In the last two years, there has not been a single surviving cheetah cub in the Mara Triangle. A total of 16 cubs have been killed by hyenas, leopard and tawny eagles.


The conservancy started a social media campaign mobilising animal lovers to join them in lobbying KWS to allow the cubs to enjoy their freedom.


But on Saturday, Mr Kipng’etich was adamant the animals had to be moved.

Pallas Cat Kittens

First Ever Birth of Pallas’ Kittens with the Help of Advanced Science


Three healthy Pallas’ Cat kittens (two males and one female) were born on June 8th, 2011 at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden following a laparoscopic oviductal artificial insemination (AI) procedure conducted by scientists from theCincinnati Zoo’s Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife(CREW).  This pregnancy and birth are the first ever in Pallas’ Cats from artificial insemination.


Photo credits: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens

The AI procedure was performed using laparoscopy or minimally invasive surgery combined with a new oviductal insemination technique for cats that was developed at CREW.  The Zoo’s female Pallas’ Cat, Sophia, was treated with two hormones to stimulate ovarian follicle growth and ovulation and then was inseminated in both oviducts with semen collected from the Zoo’s male Pallas’ Cat, Buster.  Three healthy kittens were born following a 69 day gestation.  The kittens, now 9 weeks of age, are being raised by their mother in an off-exhibit enclosure.


July 20, 2010

The Kitten Trilogy Finale!

Over the last few weeks we brought you installments number one and number two of the Pallas’ Cat kittens’ progress at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation. Now seven weeks old, today we bring you the third installment in the trilogy in which the kittens venture out of their den in earnest and start exploring.

Pallas cat kittens wildlife heritage foundation 1


Pallas cat kittens wildlife heritage foundation 3

Pallas cat kittens wildlife heritage foundation 4


Enjoy many more videos below the fold!



July 13, 2010

Bug-eyed Beauties! Pallas Kittens at 5-6 Weeks

Last week, we brought you the Wildlife Heritage Foundation’s cuddly baby Pallas Cats.  These tiny babies are growing up fast, so catch them while they’re in their full kittenly glory. The Pallas Cats, seen here at 5 and 6 weeks old, are doing well and keepers at WHF predict more hijinx in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!





June 30, 2010

Feisty Pallas’s Kittens at Wildlife Heritage Foundation

The UK’s Wildlife Heritage Foundation announced the birth of four Pallas’s Cat kittens on May 28th to proud parents Tula (F) and Wei Shand (M). Tula is doing a fabulous job of caring for all her new kittens and they are growing up very fast!  In the following videos the kittens can be seen at 5 days old and then 3 weeks old, which helps give you an idea of how quickly these kittens are developing.



Note that what appears to be hissing in the second video is actually the kittens smelling the keepers when they come to check-in. The WHF explains that they are actually quite relaxed and this open-mouthed smelling behavior dissipates as they get older.

Pallas's cat kittens whs 1

UPDATE: Just got this new video in along with new instructions – #1) Avoid bright light #2) Don’t get them wet and #3) NEVER feed them after midnight.



December 10, 2008

Bramble Park Zoo Has New Baby Pallas’ Cat Kittens

Topping off the trifecta of cute and cuddly kitty cats are the rare and spectacular Pallas’ Cats. These three were born in July at the Bramble Park Zooin Watertown, South Dakota. The Zoo is especially proud of these curious little creatures because it has been trying to breed them for years. Well, congratulations!  Can I have one?




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British tourist mauled by captive cheetahs

British tourist mauled by captive cheetahs

British tourist mauled by captive cheetahs



Violet D’Mello petting a cheetah before the attack.


PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa — Two excited, supposedly tame cheetahs mauled a Scottish tourist in a petting area at a South Africa game park, forcing her to play dead and turning her holiday into a “nightmare.”

The Port Elizabeth Herald reported the incident at the Kragga Kamma Game Park began last Saturday when Violet D’Mello, who had just posed for a picture with the hand-reared cheetahs named Mark and Monty, tried to protect a seven-year-old boy.

According to D’Mello, who was with her husband, Archibald, one of the animals first grabbed the leg of a visiting eight-year-old girl, leaving her with cuts and abrasions.

When she was free, it appeared to run after her seven-year-old brother.




“They weren’t being vicious,” D’Mello, from Aberdeen, told the paper. “You could tell they [the cheetahs] were just excited, but it became serious very quickly.”

As she tried to protect the boy, “something jumped me from behind.”

The cheetah knocked her to the ground where it pawed at her head, the Herald said.

As their guide tried frantically to pull off the large cat, D’Mello said, “Something inside me just said, ‘Don’t move. Don’t move at all. Don’t react, just play dead’.”



Cheetahs Maul Dmellow


As soon as the guide pulled the first cat off, the other one jumped in, biting D’Mello’s legs and holding her down.

Visitors struggled to get both cats off at once, and, after a few minutes, they all managed to make a run for the gate, the Herald said.

“This was meant to be a holiday, but it’s really turned into a nightmare,” said D’Mello, who reportedly received stitches for a head wound.




Park manager Mike Cantor said it was not clear what had triggered the attack by the cheetahs, who had been hand-reared since birth and were considered extremely tame.

“From what we’ve been told, there was a lot of commotion at the scene, which, unfortunately, most likely aggravated them somewhat,” Cantor told the Herald.

“We’re also considering the possibility that a female in heat in one of the neighboring enclosures might have played a role here, but we can’t be sure at this stage.”


Last Updated: 3:09 PM, May 4, 2012

Posted: 10:37 AM, May 4, 2012

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The Elephant and lion zebra baboon king cobra and giraffe in the room

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The Elephant (and lion, zebra, baboon, king cobra and giraffe) in the room



A quiet but sleepless pre-dawn and I returned once again to extraordinarily vivid and happy memories of experiencing African wild animals where they belong, just a few weeks ago. I’m not at all sure what stupid stroke of curiosity led me to leave such joyous memories for a web search of “wild animals for sale” and similar phrases but there I was, staring at ads from people offering to sell and as many from individuals wanting to buy just about every animal I had seen and many more I had not: shopping lists and classified ads for animals from Africa, Australia and every other corner of the planet.


On one exotic animal specialty site, Carlos writes “I am looking for a pure gray wolf cub” and Ryan wants “pygmy marmoset, kinkajou, or a fat-tailed dwarf lemur or anything similar” reassuringly noting, just in case would-be sellers might be worried: “Not an impulse buy. I have experience with exotics!” Meanwhile, Carly in Ohio wants “a female camel of breeding age” and John in Arkansas is seeking a zebra for stud service because obviously, as we all know, the Ohio and Arkansas camel and zebra populations have severely declined over the past few years.


Elsewhere we find Harley who provides the following shopping list: “zebras (preferably 2 males and 5 females), giraffes (1 male, 1 female), any ape species (pairs or trios or quads, no gender preference), cotton top, golden lion tamarinds, koalas, any otter species (preferably small to medium group), meerkat, prairie dog, lions (a small pride), any ocelots or servals.” And then there’s Esteban, who writes “I am looking for Western Diamondback Rattlesnake. They would need to be 3 ft. or more, anything less I could not use.”


On the seller’s side of the street, with just a few key strokes I find a pair of white rhinos being offered along with the also endangered sable antelope, plus white faced capuchin monkeys (babies at $8,500., adults for half that price), marmosets by the dozen, water buffalo, zebras (all three species, individuals of all ages), wallabies, wallaroos and kangaroos, camels, jackals (both striped and black-backed), serval (“we have four and only need three” so now’s your chance!), an eight year old castrated giraffe (“loves people and will take food out of your hand, $35,000.”), pit vipers and king cobras, sloths, caracal, Asian leopard cats, Geoffrey’s cats, a white tiger cub, long nosed fruit bats, lions cubs (“They are well trained, friendly and highly socialized. Looking for a good, loving and caring home.” Yea, right) and an eighteen month old baboon (advertised as “very trained, knows a handful of tricks” and who the seller insists “is not a pet and must go to an experienced monkey person”).


Sure, various permits are required by many states (not all) and cities (even fewer) for people wishing to either buy or sell, but where there is a will and a credit card I assume there is a way. And once you make the deal and find yourself with a completely inappropriate animal, a living being who you so callously brought to your home, cheer up for all is not lost. Chances are the animal is not long for the world. And then you can respond to another ad, like the one from John who writes on one of these sites, probably a pretty wise move in fact: “I am a taxidermist and am looking for exotic animals that have passed away and in good presentable shape.” What a very strange and in many ways disturbing animal we can be.