October 9, 2006
Alert: British pets under threat
UK diplomats fear Addis leopard - BBC/AFP
A leopard has been terrifying residents in the British embassy compound in Ethiopia's capital. A conservationist has been called in to capture the wild cat, after it ate several domestic cats and rabbits. A resident in the 70-acre wooded compound in Addis Ababa saw the leopard outside her house at 1030 one morning just 10 feet from her door. "It was quite terrifying - especially as I've got young children," she told the BBC.
Of course, it is obvious how this is going to go.
First there will be the catch-the-leopard campaign to save the pets (and small children).
Then there will be the save-the-leopard campaign when they get it in a cage and wonder what to do with it.
No farmer is going to want it released close to their livestock. The last time I checked there weren't many Kenya-style game reserves out there wanting more attractions. And the export of wild animals is prohibited.
Posted by aheavens at October 9, 2006 5:09 PM