JAIPUR: Spotting of three cubs comes as good news for the Ranthambore tiger reserve. At least three cubs were reportedly seen in the Khandar range of the forest by one of the forest ‘mitras’.
“One of the forest guards spotted three cubs. The cubs, according to him, are of the tigress T-30 in the Khandar area. But we are yet to confirm it. Trap cameras have been set up in the area to captures pictures of the tigress and her cubs,” chief wildlife warden A Choubey said.
“The area has been cordoned off and we are hopeful of capturing pictures of the cub soon.” Rajesh Gupta, additional director of the park, said.
The park has been seeing a baby boom since the past year when 17 cubs were born. However, officials warned that all the cubs are not alive still. Out of the 17 cubs, two have not been spotted in the recent days.
“The number of cubs in the past year was very good but we may soon see some migration when they become sub-adults,” warned Choubey. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-02-22/jaipur/31086645_1_three-cubs-trap-cameras-khandar-range
CHANDRAPUR: Intense search operations have been launched in the jungle around Lohara Forest Research Centre to locate the cub of the tigress that died in the accident. Forest officers are now concerned about the well being of the cub that is alone. The tiger cub, aged around 15 months, was last located sitting in vile of dense shrub mere 50 metre from the carcass of the tigress.
“Earlier it was thought that it could be a mate of tigress, but later it came to fore that it was a cub, that was trying to get close to its mother. The cub remained for few hours in the shrubs waiting for mob to be cleared, but after it sensed that people are not going to leave the place, it went into in the jungle. Dozens of people saw the cub sitting there,” said a forest officer present at the spot.
Three camera traps were laid and bait tethered, but the cub neither came close to the bait nor was captured in the camera trap. Its pug marks were found in a nearby nullah. Forest officers are even afraid that the cub could be injured in the accident.
APCCF Anmol Kumar visited the spot and directed the forest officials to locate the cub and monitor its movement. Officials said, “The cub appears sturdy and can survive in the wild. We are trying to locate it but have no plans to capture it. Baits would be kept in the area of its location and its movements will be monitored continuously.”
What caused the haemorrhage?
The autopsy confirmed that the tigress died due to internal haemorrhage in the skull. But speculations are rife over the reason that caused the haemorrhage. Forest department has maintained that tigress was hit by some vehicle while it was crossing the Chandrapur-Mul road. The injury in the hind leg was caused in the accident, probably by sharp bumper of the vehicle or by some protruding metal on the road. The injured tigress later walked over few hundred meters into the jungle of research centre and died. They claim that recovery of tar and sharp pellet of road metal substantiate their theory.
But wildlife activities have raised question over the theory. They asked why there is no visible injury or fracture on head or upper body? The big gash on the paw of hind leg is most unlikely place to sustain injury, when the rest of the body had no cut or scratch sustained from hit of the vehicle. As far as tar and road metal found in skin is concerned, they could get stuck even when tigress sleeps on the road, they argue.
They suspect low voltage electrocution may have caused the haemorrhage in the skull leading to dripping of blood through nose after death. But forest officials and veterinary doctor, who performed the autopsy, completely ruled it out saying that the big cut injury near the paw had no burn mark. However, samples of skin from the injured part have been forwarded to forensic lab for examination.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A pair of orphaned and injured mountain lion cubs from California are starting new lives at a Scottsdale wildlife sanctuary.
Cypress and her brother, Ash, arrived at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center near Dynamite Road and Rio Verde Drive Monday afternoon.
The California Department of Fish and Game captured the cubs near San Jose in late January. They were estimated to be about 12 weeks old at the time.
Their mother had died and the female cub was in especially bad shape, according to officials. She had bite wounds to her back right hamstring and several broken teeth. She was emaciated, weak and covered with fleas and ticks. It was later discovered that she had two broken legs and a broken jaw.
An employee of the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary in Folsom, Calif., provided round-the-clock care at her home to the cubs. Both are doing well now.
The siblings were flown to Scottsdale and transported to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, the only facility that could give the cubs a home together.
The cubs, which can grow to more than 100 pounds as adults, will eventually live in a large enclosure with other mountain lions at the sanctuary.
ALDF Back in Court Demanding State Take Action on Tony the Truck Stop Tiger, Now Exhibited Without a Permit
April 5th, 2012
After Baton Rouge Court’s Ruling Revoking Invalid Permit, ALDF Files Lawsuit Demanding Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Put an End to Owner’s Illegal Possession of the Big Cat
Baton Rouge, La. – This morning, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a lawsuit to force the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to do its job of enforcing Louisiana’s big cat ban in the case of Tony, Grosse Tete’s “truck stop tiger.” Michael Sandlin’s permit to keep Tony, an eleven-year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger, expired in December, yet he has continued to keep Tony confined at the Tiger Truck Stop, in open violation of state law. ALDF’s lawsuit would compel the Department to take steps to enforce the law and report Sandlin’s illegal possession of Tony to local law enforcement for prosecution. In addition, ALDF, along with two Louisiana residents, today filed a petition to intervene in Sandlin’s current lawsuit against the state; the interveners seek to defend the state’s law banning private ownership of big cats. The law offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, P.C. are providing pro bono assistance with the lawsuit and the petition to intervene.
In November 2011, the East Baton Rouge District Court granted ALDF’s request for a permanent injunction against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, ordering the Department to revoke the permit that allowed Sandlin to display Tony as a roadside exhibit at the truck stop where he has languished for over a decade. Despite the fact that Sandlin’s permit expired in December and cannot be renewed, he continues to display Tony, in violation of the big cat law, which the Department is responsible for enforcing.
“The state of Louisiana has explicit regulations designed to protect tigers like Tony, and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is required to enforce them” says ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “The court has already granted Tony and ALDF a victory by ruling that Michael Sandlin’s permit to display Tony was illegal. Sandlin, now without a permit, cannot be allowed to continue to exploit this tiger with impunity.”
Meanwhile, Sandlin and the Tiger Truck Stop are suing the state, arguing that Louisiana’s ban on private ownership of big cats like Tony is unconstitutional—flying in the face of the current national sentiment that dangerous exotic animals should be more strictly regulated. Ohio is currently considering a bill that would ban new ownership of captive wild animals, following the massacre of 48 animals including lions, tigers, and bears, who were released by their Zanesville owner last October. Additionally, in February, a bipartisan bill—the “Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act”—was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would prohibit the breeding and private possession of captive big cats. ALDF’s petition in intervention supports Louisiana’s power to safeguard public safety and animal welfare through such legislative measures.
Lisa Franzetta, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Megan Backus, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Lions, tigers become problem pets in the Gulf
Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — On a dusty day in the northern-most Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, 40-year-old Jasim Ali wrestles playfully with his four-legged friend Teymour over a chew toy. But Teymour is not a dog — he’s a fully-grown African lion.
“There is a special language, I can say, between him and I,” said Ali.
Ali rescued Teymour from a farm where, he says, he was a neglected pet.
“I treated him differently than how he had been treated before. So, a love story began between us. He would only eat if he saw me there. If I wasn’t there, you would feel he was upset. He would wait for me.”
With an African lion, love can be tough. Ali said he’s been bitten several times — always during play — and although he trusts Teymour implicitly, he always treats him with caution and respect. Ali’s main concern during playtime is that one of Teymour’s claws may accidentally come out. “He could tear my flesh,” he said.
Ali manages the Ras Al Khaimah Wildlife Park, set up a few years ago under the patronage of Sheikh Taleb bin Saqr Al Qasimi, one of the Ras Al Khaimah’s royals. He has been adopting neglected and mistreated animals for more than 15 years.
Many of those animals, including Teymour, are endangered or exotic, and were initially bought on the black market.
Owning an endangered animal as a pet is illegal in the United Arab Emirates, a signatory of the Convention on the Illegal Trade of Endangered Species (CITES). However, the trade in endangered wildlife remains a problem in the Gulf, where owning expensive exotic pets, especially big cats, is the ultimate status symbol. A rare white lion sells for around $50,000 on the black market, Abu Dhabi Wildlife Center.
None of the pet owners we approached would speak on the record about illegally purchasing exotic animals, but many amateur videos uploaded online attest to their popularity among young men in the Gulf.
In one YouTube clip that was widely viewed in the region, a man frightens his friend by chasing him around the living room with a chained lioness. Another clip shows a group of men walking a cheetah on a leash in an indoor location. There’s even a man trying to ride a fully grown lion.
It is all about bragging rights for the men buying these animals, says Ali.
“If someone buys a very expensive animal, he is boasting that he has enough money to get anything he wants,” he said. “If he has a tamed wild animal like a lion, he is trying to show off that he is brave. But this is not courage; this is animal rights abuse.”
It has largely fallen on private individuals like Ali, backed by the government, to care for neglected illegally obtained animals.
If someone buys a very expensive animal, he is boasting that he has enough money to get anything he wants
Jasim Ali, Ras Al Khaimah Wildlife Park
More than 200 illegal animals in the United Arab Emirates were confiscated alive by the authorities in 2010, according to CITES. Most big cats are sent to the Abu Dhabi Wildlife Center, which is privately funded by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahayan, a member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family.
The large cages harbor a staggering variety of rare animals — white lions, white tigers, black jaguars, cheetahs, baboons and wolves — to name a few.
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Ayesha Kelaif shoulders the burden of smaller animals.
The the petite mother of four cares for almost 300 animals as varied as iguanas, alpacas, foxes, monkeys and pheasants in her residential villa that doubles up as the Dubai Animal Rescue Center. All the animals were abandoned or rescued and some are exotic and endangered.
Her closest friend, an endangered South American macaw named Rio, was abandoned in a cardboard box in a parking lot. Rio sits perched on her shoulder throughout the interview, pecking at the microphone.
Relying on help from volunteers, Kelaif spends most of her income taking care of the animals. The recently widowed government employee spends a hefty $10,000 per month to cover everything from veterinary costs to electricity for 19 air-conditioning units for the animal cages.
The passion and the love that you get from them is amazing
Ayesha Kelaif, Dubai Animal Rescue Center
“We don’t save anything. I don’t have any retirement fund; it’s all for the animals,” said Kelaif. She added that she carries financial burden because the reward is priceless. “The passion and the love that you get from (the animals) is amazing and if there’s anything I can do to help animals you can’t put a price on it.”
Recently granted land by the Dubai government, Kelaif cannot afford to build the infrastructure for the rescue center that she hopes will one day be her legacy.
Her passion for animals goes back to her childhood. Both her parents died of cancer when she was nine and her siblings were split up. Kelaif says animals helped her cope.
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“I got so much love from these guys, they used to make me so happy, I used to just go sit in the alleyways and just feed a dog or touch a cat and I used to be so happy,” she said.
Kelaif said people buy exotic animals without understanding the unique needs they have and the level of responsibility involved. People who buy baby lion and tiger cubs can no longer take care of them when they get larger and start showing violent tendencies. It’s not just locals — many expatriate families leave their pets behind when the leave the country.
Both Kelaif and Ali realize they are in a legal gray area when it comes to the exotic animals they shelter. Any endangered animal needs appropriate paperwork from CITES. Animals that have been smuggled into the country, even if rescued, technically remain illegal by international standards despite having permissions from local authorities.
But these animal lovers say paperwork will not stop them from doing the right thing.
Ali said he has reached out to animal rights groups and wants their help setting up a wildlife reserve in Ras Al Khaimah, since the animals’ legal limbo makes repatriation difficult. He says he is surprised that recent media attention, instead of bringing him assistance, has brought him criticism from some.
“My wish is that, instead of criticizing me, these people would offer me help. I haven’t done anything wrong; I’ve protected these animals and created a sanctuary for them. I’m trying to get them to appropriate wildlife reserves.”
Big Cat Rescue Note: Posing with dangerous wild animals, such as the image in this article, just fuels the abuse. No matter how much your lips are saying, “These animals don’t make good pets,” people will try to make pets of them if they see images of people in contact with animals that would otherwise eat them. The first step to legitimacy for any wildlife rescue organization is to walk the talk and not have physical contact with the magnificent animals they shelter.
In the It-Doesn’t-Get-Any-Weirder-Than-This Department…
A Northern California hiker says he is lucky to be alive after he was attacked by a mountain lion — and saved by a bear, the Paradise Post reports.
Robert Biggs, 69, of Paradise, tells his hometown paper that he had stumbled upon a mother bear, a yearling and a newborn cub while hiking Monday above Whiskey Flats.
He says he watched the bears from about 40 feet, then turned to slip away when a mountain lion pounced, grabbing his backpack with all four paws.
Biggs tells the Post’s Trevor Warner that he wrestled the cat, stabbed it with a rock pick, but to no avail — until the mother bear jumped in and tore the lion’s grip from the backpack.
After a 15-second battle, Biggs tells the newspaper, the cat ran off, and the bear ambled away. “They’re pretty territorial,” he says of the bears.
Biggs says the lion had likely been stalking the newborn when Biggs appeared.
He suffered bite marks, scratches and bruises to his arm, but was otherwise uninjured, the Post says.