Coffee made from beans in cat poo


Kopi Luwak  is a rare and expensive coffee, costing as much as $200 a pound, that is prepared using coffee cherries that have been eaten and partially digested by the Asian Palm Civet (picture below), then harvested from it’s feces. Yes you read correctly – from it’s feces!

A few hours after the civet eats the coffee cherries and digests them, the beans come out in it’s poo. The beans are picked up off the forest floor and are then cleaned and roasted. Because of this “all natural” processing, the coffee is said to have a rich and heavy flavor, with hints of caramel or chocolate. 

Kopi Luwak is featured in the 2007 film, The Bucket List
Morgan Freeman’s character responds when asked about Kopi Luwak, “Never catch me drinking that shit.”  Don’t think I want to try it either!

Picture of Civet
Common Palm Civet


Common Palm Civet

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Lion hugs and kisses woman

Woman rescues lion from travelling circus and nurses him back to health. See this beautiful big cat show his appreciation by giving her a big hug – amazing!

Also see the amazing story of Christian the Lion
Buy the book on Amazon: A Lion Called Christian: The True Story of the Remarkable Bond between Two Friends and a Lion Originally published in 1971 – fully revised and updated with new photos – Hardcover edition

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The Amazing Story of Christian the Lion


In 1969, two Australians, John Rendall and Anthony “Ace” Bourke purchased a lion cub from Harrod’s department store which they named Christian.  They cared for the cub until he grew too large for their apartment.  Christian was then reintroduced into the wild in Africa. 

Two years later, after Christan had successfully adapted to his new life in the wild, John & Anthony travelled to Kenya to visit him.  They were discouraged from doing so – being told the animal was now wild and would not remember them – but that didn’t stop them.  What occurred was the most amazing reunion.

Buy the book on Amazon: A Lion Called Christian: The True Story of the Remarkable Bond between Two Friends and a Lion Originally published in 1971 – fully revised and updated with new photos – Hardcover edition

You can watch other videos about Christian the Lion on Animal Planet here.

Also see the video of the lion hugging and kissing the woman who rescued him


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Leopard falls in well, rescued

A wild leopard wandered into an village in India and accidentally fell into an open well.   The rescue was meticulously planned and executed.
Read Article: A wild leopard rescued from a village well in Gujarat

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Pics from our tour of the Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary


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We toured the Big Cat Rescue Santuary in Tampa, Florida. This is a must-see attraction for all cat lovers. At the time of this writing, admission is $25 per person for an hour and a half walking tour. The big cats reside in “cat-a-tats”. Three feet out from each “cat-a-tat” stands a waist high fence. This is how close you are to the big cats! Most of them eagerly ran to the fence to greet the guide – you can tell how well loved and treated these animals are to the staff.

Here are some of the photos:

Bobcat
Bobcat
Black Leopard
Black Leopard
Black Leopard
Serval
Serval
Ocelot
Ocelot
Banjo the Bearcat
Banjo the Bearcat
TJ the Tiger
TJ the Tiger
TJ the Tiger
TJ the Tiger
TJ the Tiger
Jaguar
Jaguar
Tiger
Tiger
Lynx
Lynx

White Tigers – not a natural species in the wild

We’re in Florida (Gulf side) on vacation this week. Today, we’ll be touring the Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary in Tampa.

Did you know that the white tiger isn’t a breed but actually a genetic defect caused from inbreeding? Watch this video – it’ll really open your eyes about these beautiful creatures.