Cat Tales of Guyana

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Cat Tales of Guyana – By Dmitri Allicock

Guyana has one of the largest unspoiled rainforests in South America, some parts of which are almost inaccessible by humans. Over 80% of Guyana is still covered by forests, ranging from dry evergreen and seasonal forests to montain to lowland evergreen rain forests. This pristine forest is roamed by least 6 species of Carnivora Felidae including the Waracabra, Jaguarundi, Puma   Margay, Ocelot and the Jaguar. The larger Jaguar actually belongs to the subfamilies of Pantherinae and the small to medium size cats to the Felinae group.  

Tiger’ is a general term used for any cat seen in the bush of Guyana and tales are rampant on encounters. Real and or semi-mythical cats have spawned astounding stories that lives in the wild of Guyana and in the minds of many. It may also be true that the locals, for some reason, are obsessed with big cats to the extent of exaggerating local variants and spinning tales of brand new ones.  Read more:  Cat Tales of Guyana]

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  • gigi  On September 13, 2013 at 1:09 am

    I enjoyed reading this article. I’m a cat lover and have two shelter cats that we adopted on Christmas Eve. They are both incredibly sweet. One has the mannerisms of an English butler – very proud and proper, except that he loves spicy food. The other is polydactyl (all four paws) with the sweetest temperament.

    At first, I was confused by the ‘Waracabra’ name for a cat since I had a ‘Waracabra’ bird growing. My first thought was, “oh no, we had the bird’s name wrong”, but that changed after continued reading of the article. Our bird, Wawa, as she was called, was very friendly and did make strange sounding noises. She left one day and never returned. My mom had decided she no longer wanted to clip her wings to prevent her from flying.

    When I lived in Florida, one day I happened to be listening to the local radio and heard that the Jacksonville Zoo had just received two black jaguars as a gift from Guyana, but that the animals were in quarantine and would not be available for immediate viewing. I was so excited to hear this I kept up with the zoo’s press releases, waiting patiently for the announcement of the animals public debut. When it did, I took my kids to the zoo to see firsthand these exotic jaguars from Guyana. It was a memorable occasion, especially when I heard my kids pridefully talking how the animals came from their mom’s home country. If anyone knows anything about the “Jacksonville Jaguars”‘, they’ll understand how important these jaguars are to the Jacksonville, Florida landscape, and to a girl from Guyana who misses home dearly.

    Great article! Always a pleasure to read your work Mr Allicock.

  • Dmitri Allicock  On September 15, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Thank you Gigi.

  • Dmitri Allicock  On September 15, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    It is said that the house cat or should I add “partially” domesticated cat have now surpassed dogs and are the most popular pet in the world. Genetic evidence points to 8000 BC when the first cat was domesticated in Egypt. Wild cats were drawn to the rats that were attracted to the food source of fertile valley of the Nile and became man’s companion in controlling vermin and pests.
    Some believe that the domestication might have occurred as early as the Neolithic age. These amazing animals make brilliant pets and still have maintain the ability to survive in any environment with or without man.

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