Saturday, October 3, 2009

It's not as easy as we think it is

Today, Suki's rescuer, Yen Ling, wrote to me. 

Yen Ling had been feeding and looking after the strays at the back of her house for sometime, but she had to specially rescue Suki because she kept falling into the drain - a total of three times!  And each time, Suki was fighting hard to keep her head above the filthy, oily and mossy water in the drain.  Suki's mother would just watch and did not know what to do.   

That was when Suki was barely two weeks old.  

To cut a long story short, that was how Suki came to live with me.  

Sometimes we think that stray animals can survive in the environment, but this is not always the case.  It is more of survival of the fittest.  

Yen Ling had told me earlier that Suki has two siblings living in the alley.  I had suggested that Yen Ling catch them and we would try to get them rehomed, especially when the mother-cat does not seem to bother much about her kittens.  But it looks like it's too late now. 

Today, Yen Ling told me that one of Suki's siblings (whom Yen Ling calls "Stripy") has been found dead with a hole in the stomach which was infested with flies.  Another (whom she calls Ginger) has gone missing, too.  And Suki's mother is pregnant again.    

The stray animals experience a great deal of difficulty and suffering living in our environment. 

I always tell people in the talks I give that the animals did not choose to come and live in our environment.  They were domesticated by our ancestos to be pets.  It was the wild dogs and cats that slowly evolved into the domestic dogs and cats that we have living amongst us now. 

In the spirit of compassion, we have to help them cope with their lives as best we can. 

Join us in CNRM, please. 

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