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Mountain Lion Pet a tad excessive?

Posted by Rob on Saturday, 13 February, 2010

I’ve heard of some strange pets in the past, but every now and then someone just feels the need to go against the grain.

I have a dog, which is about as common as a household cat. But this guy in Glocester, Rhode Island took housecat to the extreme. He had a 200-pound lion locked up in a cage, housed in a shed behind his home. Apparently no one knew of this unusual pet besides the guy and his wife.

It probably wouldn’t have made the news except the guy recently died (unrelated to the lion) and his widow was unable to continue to take care of the wild animal. Or if the guy was still alive, and he got mauled or eaten by the lion, that would have gotten some press. I can hear the reading of the will now… “And to my wife, I leave my pet wild mountain lion.” The the wife is thinking, “Damn it! I was hoping the freakin’ lion would go to Cousin Earl…”

The widow ended up contacting an animal sanctuary in Florida last month to help, and experts from the Animal Planet television network came up and removed the female mountain lion from the home. The town’s animal control officer Michael Merchant didn’t even know what was going on until the whole ordeal was over.

So what would possess someone to capture a mountain lion and keep it as a pet? How much fun can a mountain lion possibly be? Its not going to play fetch, or cuddle up in your lap… And it’s probably not going to eat Purina One cat food either. What a pain. Unless you are Steve Irwin or something, he might have thought a mountain lion as a pet would work, although I think he prefers crocks.

Kinda reminds me of The Hangover movie when they kidnap Mike Tyson’s pet tiger. At least tigers are cool.

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Rest In Peace Crocodile Hunter

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 6 September, 2007

The first anniversary of the Crocodile Hunter’s death is upon us. Steve Irwin, environmentalist and television “crocodile hunter” was killed one year ago by a stingray barb that pierced his chest during filming on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. More lethal than any stun gun or
taser could ever be accused of…

Irwin, who was 44 when he died, became world-famous for his daring stunts involving dangerous animals. Deadly insects, poisonous snakes, and of course crocodiles as his nickname implies, were all subject to his entertaining and educational escapades.

One of the things we need to remember here is Steve Irwin was a professional. “Don’t try this at home” should have been prominently displayed during every second of every episode. Steve grew up handling animals and made it a career of learning and teaching everything he could about animals to his family and everyone that watched his TV shows.

Then the unfortunate happens. A freak accident, happening without warning and too fast to defend against. While swimming in the ocean with stingrays, as he has many times in the past, tragedy, in the form of a stingray, quite literally struck.

Could it have been avoided? Sure, Steve Irwin could have not shown up for work that day. He could have hidden in his house if he was scared, but that was not Steve Irwin.

Did Steve miss a tell-tale sign while swimming with the stingray that it was about to attack? Probably not, but perhaps. No one will ever know for sure, but Steve Irwin was as prepared for that encounter as he ever was in the past 1000 encounters with any other wild animal. He wasn’t armed with a Kevlar vest, but he was armed with knowledge and awareness. Just something unexpected happened. It could have happen to anyone.

And similar instances happen everyday, in the ocean or walking down the street. Working as a TV host, or a mail man. Or a business professional, or real estate agent.

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