Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Hazards of Being Beautiful

A new giant cat may become extinct before most humans know they exist...
Clouded Leopard

Here's 22 seconds of its first ever footage:

{22 sec}

This is the Sundaland Clouded Leopard,
filmed in Sumatra for the first time.

This cat was filmed using a camera trap in Berbak Nat'l Park. Can you imagine being the first person to watch it? You're expecting yet another day of wild pigs, and then suddenly there it is!

...But then you'd realize that as soon as you report its existence, others will come to hunt it either for fur or 'conservation'. Having seen the disaster the Chinese wrought upon their pandas, I've lost faith in the programs that drag animals out of their natural habitat.

And we all know if it looked like a warthog it'd be left in peace.
I hope its future isn't as cloudy as its pretty pelt.

fyi: found a 3 min slideshow of clouded leopard info:

{3 min}

*And sadly, just as the video says, it is true that many female leopards in captivity were killed by males. Just because the 'scientists' never bothered to study those leopard mating habits in the wild, before putting random leopards together. Shameful.

for TT's 'cloud' day
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  1. What a beautiful cat! I've never heard of the clouded ones!

  2. Lovely creature, another sad 'human must soil everything around them' scenario. Thanks for posting this. =)

  3. Nice article, thanks for the information.