Some People are Morons....
For goodness sakes, if you are going to have a lynx as a pet, treat it well. This creature obviously feels threatened by the camera pointing at it, and then the owner makes fun of it:
I guess to some people, provoking a frightened animal is neat if it gets you a nice clip to post on YouTube.
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I predict the lynx will have its revenge at some point. Too bad it will result in it being destroyed. The person who did this should be too.
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So true. Sad.
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I notice at about 22 seconds, one of the morons involved asks the creature "What is your problem?" Then the woman jeers at it, baiting it. Poor fellow's problem is two idiots, a man and woman, standing over it, teasing it.
I'd love to see the two put in a cage and have tomatoes thrown at them for an afternoon.
Here's somebody who knows how to treat one:
Her husband rescued it as a kitten and together they raised it peacefully for 21 years. Bet they didn't follow it around with a camera terrorizing and taunting it so that they could have their minute of YouTube fame.
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Well, the story turns out to have a happy ending. The douchebag found it unmanageable (big surprise there) and now it is safe - and happy - at an animal sanctuary:
We received several calls from a gentleman who was upset that Ramsey, a Canada lynx, was ruining his furniture and condo. He admitted he bought him off the internet and thought he would make a great pet. He called several times wanting us to provide a solution for Ramsey’s aggressiveness towards visitors and destructive urination. Several times we offered to take Ramsey in if the owner would provide or pay for transportation but the owner knew he had Ramsey illegally and believed he may get prosecuted at the airport. He even said he was going to falsify the airline bill to say Ramsey was a domestic cat. Eventually, he took the risk and Ramsey was sent to TWS. The owner also agreed to donate to Ramsey’s care and TWS (and Ramsey) have never received a donation.
Ramsey’s owner set up a YouTube page where you can view a video of a person taunting Ramsey in his condo. The page has had so many hits, that it makes a profit. We referred to this video in our own video about the truth about wild animals kept as pets and Ramsey’s previous owner had it pulled claiming copyright infringement even though we have been told he was not the one who filmed it. He now has a company called Ramsey, Inc. A concerned family member has even made a small donation to help care for Ramsey, which was very nice and very much appreciated. However, the owner still has not.
The good news is Ramsey can now be a lynx. He grew a beautiful silver coat this winter and really enjoys the outdoors. It took him a while to warm up to his roommate Kitty, but now he joins in during play time.
He has come a long way from the shy and apprehensive boy he was.
Happy Ramsey today:
Thanks for the follow-up. Wow, Ramsey got big!
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Some people know how to care for domestic animals. Some even know how to care for non-domesticated ones. Unfortunately, there are many idiots out there who barely know how to take care of themselves, and yet they are often the ones who seek to acquire a "really cool" pet. Domestic cats are barely domesticated. We currently have two that are great. But I've seen domesticated cats that are just evil. Trying to make a pet out of Bobcat, which are beutiful creatures, is a challange at best and total stupidity for some people.
I'm glad Ramsey has a good home.
Only a Cowardly Loser hurts an innocent, defenseless person.
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Yes, he's big and beautiful, now.
Definitely, it is the inadequate individual -- narcissists and/or sociopaths -- who acquire these wild animals illegally (as cool, status symbols) and then discard them when things don't work out. Of course they rarely work out if the owner/handler is an ignorant dirtbag. Ramsey's darn lucky this guy didn't just dump him somewhere. I think the YouTube video actually protected Ramsey as a lynx let loose might be traced back to the owner.
They pushed all that little creature's buttons. Feral cats and small wildcats do NOT like somebody standing over them like that. Part of it has to do with instinct -- cast shadows in the wild could signify a hawk or other large bird of prey sweeping down -- the other part is the implied challenge. Ramsey's voice in the video registered fear, confusion and frustration. The fear part would ultimately have led to his charging his tormenters at some point. Thank goodness it turned out well.