Gonna start with the petition this week, I don’t think anyone read about the Oryxes last week, so here it is – please help save my beloved Ocelot!
Aren’t they the most gorgeous critters on earth? I can’t think of any creature more beautiful. I’ll keep this post to a minimum, but here are some basic stats, from Animal Planet:
USFWS Status: Endangered
Major Threat: Loss of habitat
Habitat: A variety including grasslands, swamps, and forests
Location: Southern United States to South America
Diet: Small- to medium-sized mammals and birds
About the Ocelot, from National Geographic:
Twice the size of the average house cat, the ocelot is a sleek animal with a gorgeous dappled coat. These largely nocturnal cats use keen sight and hearing to hunt rabbits, rodents, iguanas, fish, and frogs. They also take to the trees and stalk monkeys or birds. Unlike many cats, they do not avoid water and can swim well.
Like other cats, ocelots are adapted for eating meat. They have pointed fangs used to deliver a killing bite, and sharp back teeth that can tear food like scissors. Ocelots do not have teeth appropriate for chewing, so they tear their food to pieces and swallow it whole. Their raspy tongues can clean a bone of every last tasty morsel.
Many ocelots live under the leafy canopies of South American rain forests, but they also inhabit brushlands and can be found as far north as Texas. These cats can adapt to human habitats and are sometimes found in the vicinity of villages or other settlements.
Ocelots’ fine fur has made them the target of countless hunters, and in many areas they are quite rare, including Texas, where they are endangered. Ocelots are protected in the United States and most other countries where they live.
Female ocelots have litters of two or three darkly colored kittens. In northern locations females den in the autumn, while in tropical climes the breeding season may not be fixed.
An anti-wildlife and anti-conservation bill, HR 2578, seeks to overturn protections of the Endangered Species Act, the Wilderness Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.
One provision in the bill would be especially disasterous to the Arizona ocelot (Leopardus pardalis sonoriensis), found in northwestern Mexico and southern Arizona, as the bill seeks to waive Endangered Species Act protections within 100 miles of our borders. Please sign via the link above & tell the bloodthirsty bastards NOOOOOO, back the fuck OFF.
I will not post this entire story here, but here is a link to The Tale of the Ocelot, an Eastern Zodiac tale:
And that’s all. Back to misery shortly. Hugs all. Please sign the petition.