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Relax, rats, the cats are focused on the dog

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Even though Charles is an adorable, cuddly 50kg puppy, the cats still terrorise him at times because, well, they can.


28 Jan 2020
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Relax, rats, the cats are focused on the dog

African penguins walk on rocks on Boulders beach in Simonstown, South Africa, 14 January 2020. The African penguin is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) with a steady decline in their numbers over the past decade. BirdLife International report that recent data has revealed that the African penguin is undergoing a very rapid population decline, probably as a result of commercial fisheries and shifts in prey populations. Penguins are a major tourist attraction in Cape Town with Boulders Beach in Simonstown providing a unique nature experience for tourists who can walk a stretch of coastline and beach with African penguins and many other seabirds and marine life. The international body dedicated to seabird rehabilitation the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) in Cape Town receives some revenue generated by soft toys and paraphernalia sold at the Boulders Beach shop. Tourism is being used as a tool to help the declining populations of African penguins. Experts urge it will take collective effort from government, NGO's and private sector to help stop the decline of the African penguin population. Stricter policies for fisheries has also been highlighted as an important step in conserving the penguin's food source. Picture: EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA

Every now and then, I have to remind the five felines in the family about the necessity for acceptance in a household as diverse as ours. I have been explaining to them – for more than two years – that they have to share the house with my dog, Charles. The progress has been slow. Even though Charles is an adorable, cuddly 50kg puppy, the cats still terrorise him at times because, well, they can. Cat owners will understand. So, last week I called a family meeting again, sat the cats down, again, and gave them the diversity speech, again....

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