Living with Snow Leopards: Great New Video from PBS Nature

I hope you like this as much as I did.

The Jaguar

Snow Leopard Irbis Mänllch by Pixel-mixer. CC0 1.0 Public Domain.

During a Facebook Live event yesterday with Matthias Fiechter and Kulbhushansingh Suryawanshi of the Snow Leopard Trust, I learned of a new video from PBS Nature. This excellent, 10-minute film is called Living with Snow Leopards – Tashi’s Story

Living with Snow Leopardsfollows Tashi, a local herder, as he cares for his goats and tries to keep warm in the Indian Himalayas. As the film describes Tashi’s story, it also highlights broader aspects of snow leopard (Panthera uncia) conservation and ecology. It touches on the imperiled status of the species, mentions threats such as mining and the loss of wild prey, and discusses the relationships between local herders and the cats.

Living with Snow Leopardsmakes it clear that villagers and snow leopards do not always get along. As livestock outcompete the cats’ natural prey…

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Winter’s Journey

When my grand daughter gave Winter her new home, she was not expecting this.
winter ad
Fortunately with Grandma’s help, we were able to get Winter back.  Apparently the people who took her had their script well rehearsed and Becca thought they would be good for her.

I had worried about this, but years and experience have taught me that people do not value what they’ve not worked for.  That’s why I’m not a big welfare advocate (with some exceptions) and that’s a whole ‘nother blog.  I know there are people who may disagree with me, but somehow those feelings do tend to change when it comes to animals.

In Winter’s situation, I (we) were sick about it. Becca called me crying. I made an appointment with them to come see the puppy, which allowed my kids to go over there and pick her up.  Becca did give them an earful but they didn’t fight her when she took her back.  These folks turned around and changed the phone number on the ad so that I would get the calls. So I did have to suffer through that for a short time.  People who called were apologetic and kind.

It has taken awhile but someone did come along to give Winter a new home.  She’s been renamed Winnie.  What made this new home a blessing is that they did take another puppy, Winnie’s little brother to keep each other company.


DANGERS OF FREE TO GOOD HOME ADS!  This is just one of many horrific examples of what can happen. Google Puppy Doe Kiya.

Winter is happy and two hours away from her family. They shared information and her new family are looking to get her the help she needs.  It appears that “Winnie” does have some sight, which is good news.  If she hears, it’s limited.  It seems as she gets older, she is showing improvement in both those areas.
Here are some more recent pictures.
If you must re-home your pet, please charge a re-homing fee, spay/neuter prior to adoption, call vet references and do two home checks…one before adoption and a second one a few months after adoption. Download an adoption contact online for both parties to sign.
The above information came to us after the fact off my neighborhood website, but I thought I’d share this with you and I hope you will pass it on as well.
Becca knew there was the possibility of future expenses with Winter and thought to be considerate of a future owner, but as you can see not everyone is as they claim to be.  For the safety of your pet, take that extra step.
Winter’s sister, Kahlua is the last one available at $700.
Kahlua Isn’t she a dolly?