Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Just a Perfect Friendship

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This is a bit of a departure for us but it serves as a reminder: wild animals are not house pets! Thanks to the our friends at HooplaHa, we can share a special story with you that points this out.

Less than a year old, little Morgan the Bobcat was found, of all places, in a room at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in California. One of the workers had brought her across the border and realized she was too much to handle so he left her in a room. The story quickly spread and actress Morgan Fairchild took it upon herself to find a place for the little Wildcat, hence the Bobcat's name, Morgan. She quickly found her a home at The Wildcat Sanctuary in Minnesota. Meanwhile, Shalico, a Canadian Lynx, was also bought as a pet by a college student whose father said this was not a pet. She, too, quickly found a new home at The Wildcat Sanctuary.

Since both wildcats were young at the time, the workers decided to introduce them. Cats of different species don't often co-mingle but this turned out to be the exception, especially since they were young. It was love at first sight and they soon became inseparable. A happy ending to what might of been a disaster.  Here's a video of Morgan and Shalico, perfect friends forever.


Gordon Brice said...

What a lovely story and a happy ending to what could have been a tragedy. I just wish people would use a little common sense when choosing pets......it's always the pets that suffer when things don't work out, which often happens.
Thank you as always for sharing another interesting and visually beautiful blog with us, Darlene......much appreciated.

James Stagg said...

Great story, Darlene! That was a fortunate solution. I am not sure what other choices could have been made for two cats who will be sizable animals when mature. I hope that sanctuary is well supported!

Thanks for this unusual story.

Darlene said...

Thank you so much, Gordon. As soon as I saw it I knew that it was not just a happy ending but a good reminder that while wild cats are beautiful, they are wild and belong in their natural habitat. Once removed, these two were lucky to have be taken to a sanctuary. The fact that they bonded, which they would not have done if they were older, is very fortunate for them. Neither will be alone.

Darlene said...

I'm glad you liked it, James. I had not heard of that sanctuary because I don't work with wild cats. Yes, they will be sizable and probably dangerous at some point. Unlike the African Wild Cat, which has a flight-flight response, other wild cats have a flight or fight response. I, too, hope the sanctuary is well supported. I would hope that those who could afford it would have made sizeable donations for each cat to be left there.

Anonymous said...

Glad you posted this story. Those cats were incredibly lucky to have been rescued in the first place, as well as by caring people with resources. Too many wild animals are not so lucky, as they either live miserable, unnatural lives, or are killed because they hurt or killed someone. Thanks for this public reminder for people to do the right thing. (From Bert)

Darlene said...

Thank you so much for commenting, Bert. I couldn't resist the opportunity to try to gently educate people about getting wild cats as pets. I'm so glad you liked it. I thought it was worth the change of pace.