Nice to see a young and healthy horse. My brother and sister-in-law had two old nags who were lucky to still be alive. I know that one of them died, but I suppose that the other one is gone now, too, although no mention has been made of it.
One of my sister-in-law's nags was called Rocky, because he had a habit of eating rocks. They even paid a fortune once for a veterinary operation to remove all of the rocks that were stuck. But once he recovered, he kept eating rocks anyway.
That's really odd K2 - sounds like he may have had some dietary deficiency .
Anyway here is another of my boy and me taken today - the weather was just perfect - sunny not too hot. No real signs of Autumn yet in this pic but as I rode through the woods I could see some leaf changes. However Mac was hot as his winter coat is growing - time to clip his coat soon.
Ever since pitbulls and other dangerous dogs fell out of fashion in France, young men in the tough suburbs (but also some other deranged people) have moved on to dangerous felines -- tigers, panthers, etc. The authorities generally find them in pitiful condition once the neighbours finally make a call. I'm sure that a lot of the owners imagined taking their splendid animal for walks on a leash but quickly discovered 1) that they would be arrested immediately and 2) pet felines are dangerous as hell.
Not Livia! Her larger cousins, yes. Among the cretins in the news story, one was calling cougars "small" cats. They are many times smaller than a Siberian tiger (the largest cat) but one can easily kill a human. Even ocelots and lynx can be very dangerous. They are admirable hunters.
That's terrible K2; I wonder if there is a black market for them ?
Here in England there is a project that aims to breed and release wild cats, not seen in England for 150 years. It is being supported by the government / Defra but some farmers are concerned. It is hoped they eventually will help to control grey squirrel / rabbits / rodents populations.
I believe the European wildcats they are referring to aren't much larger than a large domestic tomcat. Obviously the problem is limiting their harm to humans, domestic cats and small dogs, as well as small wildlife. In miniature, it is a bit of the same problem as reintroducing wolves, who were a key predator for millennia, vs the danger to humans, domestic dogs etc.
It is fortunately that idiocy is forbidden in France. The animals cited here have either not lived in continental Europe for about 2000 years or were introduced later.
Whenever wolves or bears are introduced somewhere (bears specifically in the Pyrenees), some idiot hunter kills them. And farmers and shepherds complain that their sheep are being killed.
Years ago I accompanied my son's nursery school class for a week in the Pyrenees. We went to see a shepherd and he showed how his dog was trained to herd the sheep. Anyway, he told us that most sheep were killed by dogs that had become feral and that the government reimbursed the shepherds for any sheep killed by a wild animal.
I understand that many wolves appearing in France now have crossed over from Italy.
believe the European wildcats they are referring to aren't much larger than a large domestic tomcat. Obviously the problem is limiting their harm to humans, domestic cats and small dogs, as well as small wildlife
Yes... The wild cats pose no risk to sheep or humans / dogs etc. They will kill hens but only take one at a time unlike foxes.
I can understand the concerns caused by the re-introduction of bears and wolves .
My old tabby cat was climbing onto my chest while I was asleep.I lashed out with my arm and in a split second I had 2 deep bites on my hand and a cut along my arm. Needed medical treatment...but it was the speed and depth of puncture that amazed me.
Travel! Set out and head for pastures new[br] Life tastes the richer when you’ve road worn feet.[br]Ibn Battuta[br]
So my Angel passed away a few years back. (I think I mentioned it on here before). I think she had a good life with us, and lived to a grand old age, but I still think of her and maybe I always will. We made a grand coffin for her and buried her in the back yard, I put her favorite toy in with her...
I waited a while before I could even think about getting another dog, but nearly two years ago I adopted Rocky and a few weeks back I adopted my sweet Suzy. They bring so much joy into my life.
(I can't seem to add a link for their pic, will try later on)