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February 15, 2007

Out of sorts

Snow Leopard, originally uploaded by AlexandraPhotos.

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Ah, cats -- especially the big cats. Such perfectly beautiful and beautifully perfect animals.

Michael, when I click on your snow leopard link, I get a filter page.

When I click the "no content filter" options, nothing happens. Why can't I see the nice snow leopard? Sigh.

You need to chose and save your options, you do not have to register. The picture is under photos and is of two snow leopard cubs.
He is using a site called LiveDigital beta and it appears to be a storehouse for videos and pictures etc.

"I can't give you anything but love, baby!"

When I click the "no content filter" options, nothing happens. Why can't I see the nice snow leopard? Sigh.

Let's try this again. Here's the picture, Lindsay.

You screwed up the AP link. Here is the correct link.

Read Stones of Silence by George Shaller and The Snow Leopard for more on snow leopards.

I opened this page just as BBC radio was broadcasting a story about yet more alarming reports on global warming presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in San Francisco. Snow leopards, limited as they are to rapidly warming high altitudes, are prime examples of what will be lost in the coming decades to global warming. But who cares? We can live without snow leopards. As our infinitely wise, maximum vice president has said: "conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy". (Remarks regarding energy policy delivered at the annual meeting of the Associated Press in Toronto, Canada, April 2001.)

In any case, if climate change does have any effect on populations of snow leopard (or their prey, bharal sheep, Himalayan pika, Himalayan marmot) their extinction will be attributed to poaching, which will be correct in part. No one will be able to prove global warming killed an animal that is barely even possible to photograph in its home, much less to study in any really adequate manner. Remember where this animal lives: Pakistan, Afghanistan and other central Asian locales where cat conservation is the least of important priorities.

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen. Always hitting the post button too soon.

Here, here, here, and (cuteness alert) here you can see another cool central Asian cold-climate cat, the manul or Pallas’ cat.

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