Monday, December 10, 2012

Important lessons

Have got all my fingers back but not 100%, but fortunately these are stories that mostly speak for themselves:

-Just after the incident in our last post, more tourists learn why you don't pet the top predator in an ecosystem, this time in Mexico:
A Swedish couple honeymooning in Cancun, Mexico, were left terrified after being attacked by a dolphin during a swim-with-the-dolphins session held at a marine park.
The eight people were told by the dolphin trainer to splash the water and have the dolphins reciprocate. All was well at first said Cadbrand, until a young woman screamed that she had been bitten. A few seconds later, a middle-aged woman was bitten by the same dolphin who then turned its attention to Cadbrand and bit her on the thigh. Picasso returned once more to attack the middle-aged woman and then began to head back towards Cadbrand. 

 -Why you don't keep pet primates, part 1:
Marla Reeves said she was delivering mail in the mailbox at 4:38 p.m. on County Road 2345 when the lemur jumped into her vehicle, bit her hand and arm and then jumped out.
"I was fixing to pull away and when I looked back to pull away that's when I felt the pain in my hand," Reeves said. "I looked at my hand and the lemur was on my hand and I lifted up my arm like this and blood was running down my arm."
Of course the lemur's owner defended the animal:
"He’s like family. He’s very loving. He gives hugs and kisses and likes to sit in our laps, where he often falls asleep. We have a bed in his room that I sometimes sleep in and he will get under the covers and hold my finger while he falls to sleep. He’s very sweet natured.”
And yet in the very next paragraph:
Over the years, the owner and her daughter have tried to ensure the safety of the both the lemur and visitors by placing the animal in its room when guests were scheduled to come by for a visit, requesting notification from all friends, family and service people prior to their arrival.
Not how you have to manage most "sweet natured" members of a household, is it?
-Why you don't keep pet primates, part 2: Because your illegal monkey is a bad partner in crime. Everything would have been fine if a macaque in Toronto had kept a low profile, but no:
A monkey wearing a miniature shearling coat and diapers was collected by animal services on Sunday afternoon, after shoppers spotted the animal in the parking lot of a Toronto Ikea store.
The owners, who were shopping in the store at the time, have come forward to claim the monkey, Toronto Police Sgt. Ed Dzingala told CBC News.
Dzingala said that the animal was in a car in the parking lot and it somehow let itself out of its crate.
But since I'm always making fun of people who don't understand anything about animals, let's give a small amount of credit where it is due:
While it was not immediately clear why the monkey was in the parking lot, the animal was presumed to be someone's pet, an Ikea spokesperson said, because "he was wearing a jacket." 

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