Thursday, 14 June 2018

NEWSLINK: Two Sumatran tigers to make new home at Aussie zoo

Panthera tigris sumatrae2.jpgTwo Sumatran tigers will arrive at their new home at the Tasmania Zoo on Wednesday, making the brother and sister pair the first of their kind to arrive in the Australian state.

Travelling from Symbio Wildlife Park near Sydney, Cinta and Jalur are both 10 years old and originally came to Australia from New Zealand's Auckland Zoo when they were just two.

"Cinta, the female, can change moods every single day," Symbio Wildlife Park handler Julia Mendezona told local media.

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018


Original Story - A sighting near Stirling, UK

As is often frustratingly the case when analysing anomalous British Big Cat videos, it is very difficult to be at all conclusive, considering the inadequate visual quality of the Stirling footage. However, I believe it's safe to assume the animal captured here is certainly within the size ranges of both domestic cats (Felis catus) and Scotish wildcats (Felis silvestris grampia), and of course the genetically diluted hybrids between these two species. Going by the relatively isolated Scotish location, the observable dimensions of the animal compared with that of the background trees, hedges, and partition fencing; the animal recorded in this video could conceivably be either (or possibly, even if unlikely, both) of the above!

As far as I am aware, Stirling is only a short distance south of the Scotish wildcat's known geographic range, therefore if further evidence does eventually come forward that compliments this video there is a modest possibility this could be evidence of wildcat range extension, or further genetic hybridisation.

However, unless more independent evidence (video or otherwise) does come forward, it would be sensible at this time to suggest the animal recorded near Stirling was most likely nothing more than a large domestic moggie!

Unless of course the eyewitnesses and the journalists didn't intend to refer to this animal as a true Scotish wildcat (F. s. Grampia) and simply meant to imply it was an ABC, then in that case it almost certainly is not!

ABC - extremely unlikely.
F. s. grampia - unlikely.
F. s. grampia x F. catus hybrid - plausible.
F. catus - highly likely.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

PHOTO: Blue Mountains 'panther' caught on camera - again

It's the Aussie legend that won't die and now the Blue Mountains panther has supposedly been caught on camera by a "freaked out tourist".

The Instagram account bluemtns_explore posted the photo, which shows what appears to be a big cat caught in a car's headlights.

The account claimed the photo was snapped at Pulpit Rock lookout, near Blackheath in the Blue Mountains.

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PHOTOS: Rare one-month-old tiger cubs as they are set to make public debut at a Chinese zoo

A park in north-east China welcomed 24 Siberian tiger cubs in the space of a month during mating season.

Pictures taken at the Shenyang Guaipo Siberian Tiger Park on Tuesday show the adorable tiger cubs curiously staring at the camera, with some frolicking with their siblings.

These rare tiger cubs are ready for their public debut on International Children's Day, which falls on June 1.


NEWSLINK: 34 Leopards die each year in Rajasthan

Flickr - Rainbirder - Leopard.jpgWith an alarming average of 34 leopard deaths every year in Rajasthan, according to a report, as many as 238 big cats have died in the desert state from January 2012 to May 21, 2018.
Listed at par with tigers under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Protection Act (WPA), 1972, the population of leopards faces a serious challenge due to various reasons, prominent among those are man-animal conflicts, availability of prey base and road/train accidents.
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Thursday, 7 June 2018

PHOTO: San Diego Zoo welcomes birth of 'rarest big cat' cubs

For the first time ever, a pair of Amur leopard cubs were born at the San Diego Zoo last month.

The zoo's 4-year-old Amur leopard, Satka, gave birth to the cubs on April 5 and has been spending time with them outside of the public eye since then, the zoo said. Officials are now allowing Satka to care for her young ones uninterrupted by zookeepers, so that she may lead in their care and build their relationship.

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NEWSLINK: Escaped big cats from German zoo back in their cages

Five dangerous big cats - two lions, two tigers and a jaguar - escaped their enclosures in a flooded German zoo Friday for several hours but were later reported back "in their cages".

Local residents near the zoo close to the Luxembourg border were warned to stay indoors while the predators were on the loose.

A bear, which also broke out of its enclosure at the Eifel Zoo in Luenebach, was shot dead, a spokesman for local authorities said.