Thursday, January 18, 2007
AN ALARMING PORTENT FROM ALBERTA
John Bowman, A CANADIAN, writes from Canada...
BEGIN QUOTED TEXT:
"After weaning five kittens of her own, this mother cat, Misty, took on
six baby skunks born at our zoo, The GuZoo Animal Farm, in Three Hills,
Alberta, shown in this recent handout photo. The skunk's natural mom
lost interest and wouldn't continue feeding them. Misty has been raising
the skunks for two weeks. (CP PHOTO/ HO/ GuZoo Animal Farm)
CBC News Online (the website of a Soviet-style state-run media
organization in Canada)"
END QUOTED TEXT:
As best as I can tell, the above photo is REAL AND UNRETOUCHED; it is also HEARTWARMING, even though it FOREBODES THE APOCALYPSE.*
A quick INTERNET INVESTIGATION INTO THE "GUZOO ANIMAL FARM" turns up no direct confirmation on the cat-skunk blended family (thanks for nothing, INTERNET)...
BUT I DO FEEL COMPELLED TO POINT OUT that the GuZoo Animal Farm does seem to be the target of frequent criticism for providing its non-human charges with inadequate shelter and care.
I DO NOT CLAIM TO KNOW THE FULL STORY HERE. Certainly in their defense one could argue that they are at the very least not allowing baby skunks to die, EVEN AT THE RISK OF APOCALYPSE.**
BUT INTERESTINGLY, at least one on-line petition urging the roadside zoo's closure includes one signature from a JASON BOWMAN.
WHAT IS HIS CONNECTION TO OUR CANADIAN CORRESPONDENT, JOHN BOWMAN?
At this point: NO ONE CAN TELL.
I will keep you posted.
MEANWHILE, thank you for watching television last night.
THAT IS ALL
*Please see my book, THE AREAS OF MY EXPERTISE, for information regarding the ominous portent of CATS CONSORTING WITH SKUNKS.
**Please see the previous asterisk above.