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U.S. Troops Find Abused Cheetah Cubs
Brietbart.com ^ | Nov 25 8:59 AM US/Eastern | By ANTHONY MITCHELL

Posted on 11/25/2005 7:49:45 AM PST by Fawn

GODE, Ethiopia

U.S. troops found two cheetah cubs _ one of them blinded _ being forced to fight each other for the amusement of jeering children in this dusty, forgotten village.

The soldiers of the U.S. counterterrorism task force for the Horn of Africa were in the region carrying out humanitarian work when they came across the three-month-old cheetahs "performing" at a restaurant run by Mohamed Hudle. The Djibouti-based task force provides intelligence-gathering help to countries in the region, tries to bolster cooperation and border protection, and mounts humanitarian projects aimed at improving the U.S. military's image among Muslims.

The troops provided medical treatment to the blinded cub, fed them both and tried to persuade Mohamed to hand them over to wildlife officials. They contacted U.S.-based cheetah experts as well as Ethiopian authorities.

U.S. military officials refused to discuss the animal rights turn their hearts and minds campaign took in Gode. But Befekadu Refera, an official of the Environmental Protection Agency in the capital, Addis Ababa, confirmed the U.S. military had contacted his agency about the cubs and even offered to fly the pair to Addis Ababa, 684 miles away for care.

The cheetah is endangered because of loss of habitat, poaching and other factors, according to the international Cheetah Conservation Fund.

In Gode Wednesday, the rescue appeared to have hit a snag.

"I don't see why I should hand them over," Mohamed said. "When I was younger I looked after goats and camels, so I know what animals need."

Mohamed said he would only give up the cheetahs if he was paid $1,000 for each cub _ 10 times the average income in this impoverished Horn of Africa nation with an estimated 77 million people.

His sons, 4-year-old Abraham and 2-year-old Nur, pulled the cubs' tails and dragged them around their sun-parched yard by ropes tied tightly to their necks. Other children followed, poking and teasing the frightened cats.

Mohamed, 43, said he bought the cubs from poachers and he does not know what happened to the mother. The poachers had kicked the female cub in the face, blinding the animal, he said.

Keeping wild animals is illegal without a special license, but Ethiopia's wildlife laws are rarely enforced. Mohamed also has a hawk with a broken wing and three scrawny baby ostriches.

Deputy Wildlife Minister Ahmed Nisir has sent officials to try to secure the cheetahs' release and a government vet is expected to visit Saturday.

"Unless these cubs are properly looked after and cared for they will soon die," said Befekadu of the Environmental Protection Agency.

If they are brought to the capital, Befekadu said, they would be cared for on the large grounds of the National Palace, home to several Abyssinian lions rescued by former Emperor Haile Selassie.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Unclassified; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: africa; animals; cheetah; cruelty; ethiopia; hornofafrica; lions; troops
I'm glad the troops were there......


1 posted on 11/25/2005 7:49:46 AM PST by Fawn
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To: Fawn

I'll admit that I've abused Cheetos.


2 posted on 11/25/2005 7:50:44 AM PST by battlegearboat
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To: Fawn

Precious babies. How could anyone treat them so?


3 posted on 11/25/2005 7:52:06 AM PST by TX Bluebonnet
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To: Fawn
Our Djibouti based troops are operating in Ethiopia. That's interesting ..........
4 posted on 11/25/2005 7:54:26 AM PST by HoustonCurmudgeon (A right wing Christian, not part of the Christian Right)
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To: Fawn

Where's PETA when they are actually needed???????????


5 posted on 11/25/2005 7:55:03 AM PST by PlanoMike
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To: Fawn
"U.S. military officials refused to discuss the animal rights turn their hearts and minds campaign took in Gode."


I am happy our troops intervened for these cubs.

However, What in the world is the point of this??? Just send PETA over there and the problem is solved.
6 posted on 11/25/2005 7:58:04 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Fawn

Wonder if our military is rounding up all the stray cats, or just the ones they like...


7 posted on 11/25/2005 8:02:26 AM PST by Iscool (Start your own revolution by voting for the candidates the media (and gov't) tells you cannot win.)
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To: Fawn

Now are we sure that our troops and Bush are not responsible for their abuse? A major investigation is neccessary.


8 posted on 11/25/2005 8:04:37 AM PST by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: Fawn

A 9mm each for Mo & Abe & Nur, burn the restaurant, and take the animals into 'protective custody'.


9 posted on 11/25/2005 8:06:41 AM PST by solitas
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To: Fawn

Poor kitties!


10 posted on 11/25/2005 8:11:00 AM PST by Tax-chick (Advent starts November 27 ... have you dusted yet?)
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To: TX Bluebonnet

How could people blow themselves up to murder other people?


11 posted on 11/25/2005 8:12:29 AM PST by Cinnamon Girl (OMGIIHIHOIIC ping list)
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To: Slings and Arrows; HairOfTheDog

Not exactly cats or dogs, but I thought people on your ping lists might be interested in this story.

It's a cliffhanger, the rataurant owner, Mohamed, in Gode, Ethiopia, who abused them in the first place doesn't want to give them up.


12 posted on 11/25/2005 8:13:48 AM PST by FairOpinion
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To: PlanoMike

They're at home eating tofurkey left overs.


13 posted on 11/25/2005 8:14:29 AM PST by mrmargaritaville
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To: Fawn

What a sad and disturbing picture. We reveal ourselves and our character in how we treat the small and the innocent.


14 posted on 11/25/2005 8:14:33 AM PST by GBA (I believe Congressman Weldon! MSM do your job.)
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To: solitas

Good idea!
Maybe get the kids outta there and out of the habit of molesting innocent animals,before they become serial killers.


15 posted on 11/25/2005 8:16:08 AM PST by gimme1ibertee (Searching for the ultimate tagline....Please Wait.......)
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To: Fawn

"I don't see why I should hand them over," Mohamed said. "When I was younger I looked after goats and camels, so I know what animals need."



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I guess to them abusing animals is "normal".


16 posted on 11/25/2005 8:16:12 AM PST by FairOpinion
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To: Fawn

It's things like this that tell you that most of Sub-Saharan Africa is years, if not generations away from civilized existance. Two abused cheetah cubs, reprehensible as it may be, is not the most serious issue in the region, but it paints a portrait of the general lack of respect for life in the area. The children learn it from a very young age, and as long as these types of things are not just tolerated, but instilled into the people of Africa, they will continue to live in horrible conditions, die by the thousands from disease and war, and generally be a thorn in the side of the rest of the civilized world.


17 posted on 11/25/2005 8:17:13 AM PST by Space Wrangler
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To: Fawn

Does any good news ever come from over there? I hope this story get the happy ending it deserves.


18 posted on 11/25/2005 8:18:09 AM PST by WV Mountain Mama (I have a drink at night for my heart. Yeah, my heart, that's it.)
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To: FairOpinion

I say just walk up to his "establishment",put a gun to his forehead and tell him the kitties are leaving...just like that.What a piece of garbage.
Someone else on this thread asked where PETA is....
Hell,they've got more important things to worry about,like traumatizing small children into thinking their parents are bloodthirsty killers.


19 posted on 11/25/2005 8:20:09 AM PST by gimme1ibertee (Searching for the ultimate tagline....Please Wait.......)
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To: Fawn
Most of the third world is inhabited by savages. Yes, savages. I wish I could afford to pay for some US bleeding heart Liberals to spend six months in any of the Third World Hell Holes about which they wax poetic.

For that matter, just about any foreign country you name will bring you to tears when you see how animals are treated there. All thses years later I cannot forget the blinded, starving, three-legged stray dog I saw desperately looking for garbage in an empty lot in Madrid while the locals walked by, uncaring. I cannot forget the starving kittens begging for food outside a restaurant in the Azores while people walked by and one kid tormented them as they mewed pitiously. A friend had to stop me from beating the crap out of one guy and remind me what a Portugese prison would be like. I can't forget the starving dogs staggering down the street in Cavite City, The Phillipines while people ignored them.

The rest of the world is largely a hell hole of cruelty and neglect. No one should be allowed to vote in the USA until they've spent at least six months overseas.

20 posted on 11/25/2005 8:28:26 AM PST by pabianice
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To: gimme1ibertee

Um, no - I meant "get the cubs out of there and cap the rest of them".


21 posted on 11/25/2005 8:29:53 AM PST by solitas
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To: Fawn

WHERE THE F*** IS PETA?? I guess they're only concerned with keeping Americans from eating fish, those stupid, hypocritical *SSH*LES!


22 posted on 11/25/2005 8:30:16 AM PST by pabianice (I guess)
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To: FairOpinion
This is a heart breaking story and one that brought tears to my eyes. How anyone could abuse or allow to be abused any animal is beyond me. I would contribute to any fund set up to buy these poor creatures from the slime that condones their abuse.
23 posted on 11/25/2005 8:32:15 AM PST by Eagles Talon IV
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To: Eagles Talon IV

Keeping them is illegal in Ethiopia, I think the government will take them away from this owner.

I am glad our troops are taking strong steps to rescue the poor baby cheetahs.


24 posted on 11/25/2005 8:38:33 AM PST by FairOpinion
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To: Fawn

This just makes my heart sick.

I wish I could tie up that father and his kids and treat THEM just like they are treating those poor cubs, those babies who have lost their mother. I just want to BASH those ignorant bastards.


25 posted on 11/25/2005 8:44:36 AM PST by Danae (Anál nathrach, orth' bháis's bethad, do chél dénmha)
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To: FairOpinion

It's stuff like this I think of when I hear people claim humans are 'better' than the animals. Of all the animal kingdom, people have the monopoly on evil.


26 posted on 11/25/2005 8:49:19 AM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: FairOpinion

I know what this abuser needs..


27 posted on 11/25/2005 8:52:27 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Fawn

I am glad our guys were there,too.


28 posted on 11/25/2005 8:53:28 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Fawn

A restaurant ... in Ethiopia?????

Can't be a true story.

Isn't there a famine in Ethiopia that the UN is begging money for and blaming the US for not sending enough?


29 posted on 11/25/2005 8:56:17 AM PST by Casekirchen (If allah is really another name for the Judeo-Christian God, why do the islamics pray to a rock?)
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To: HairOfTheDog

I suppose it depends on what you call evil. Haven't you ever seen a cat with a bird?
susie


30 posted on 11/25/2005 9:00:52 AM PST by brytlea (I'm not a conspiracty theorist....really.)
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To: MEG33
I know what this abuser needs..


31 posted on 11/25/2005 9:01:28 AM PST by orionblamblam ("You're the poster boy for what ID would turn out if it were taught in our schools." VadeRetro)
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To: orionblamblam

LOL..


32 posted on 11/25/2005 9:03:36 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: HairOfTheDog

> Of all the animal kingdom, people have the monopoly on evil.

Sadly, wrong. Look at the way chimps treat each other in the wild. Rape, abuse, infanticide (not by mom, but by others just lookign to be mean), war, you name it. Similar things happen among dolphins. Seems the smarter a critter is, the wackier it gets.


33 posted on 11/25/2005 9:05:14 AM PST by orionblamblam ("You're the poster boy for what ID would turn out if it were taught in our schools." VadeRetro)
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To: GBA
"We reveal ourselves and our character in how we treat the small and the innocent."

Outstanding post. You are a better person than I.

I was going to say - Rotten pieces of shit, can I kick them in the face and drag their worthless asses around by the necks and tails?

And these people are worth helping? Please.

34 posted on 11/25/2005 9:20:18 AM PST by softengine (The revolution will be televised.)
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To: brytlea; orionblamblam

I dunno... it's not really worth fightin' about, I just think of all the things I've heard of animals doing in the name of survival, or even play, I've seen people do much worse.


35 posted on 11/25/2005 9:20:31 AM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: orionblamblam

"Food for thought"


36 posted on 11/25/2005 9:30:58 AM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Fawn
humanitarian projects aimed at improving the U.S. military's image among Muslims

The only image we need to project to Muslims is f#ck with us and we'll kill you.

Poor kitties. I hope they can be rescued.

37 posted on 11/25/2005 9:37:57 AM PST by meowmeow (Meow! Meow!)
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To: TX Bluebonnet

'Anyone' is wrong. Anything is more like it. There is no element of humanity in these people. Two things divorce you from every iota of your innate humanity - Islam and socialism.


38 posted on 11/25/2005 10:00:06 AM PST by definitelynotaliberal
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To: HairOfTheDog

I think people appear more evil because we should know better (we have the ability to put ourselves in other's places). However, I suppose it just bugs me when people say things like that because humans have the capacity to show much more compassion than any other creature.
BTW I'm not fighting, just expressing an opinion. I frequently disagree with people I like!
susie


39 posted on 11/25/2005 11:30:25 AM PST by brytlea (I'm not a conspiracty theorist....really.)
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To: pabianice

BEST POST OF THE WEEK!


40 posted on 11/25/2005 12:43:28 PM PST by Rate_Determining_Step (US Military - Draining the Swamp of Terrorism since 2001!)
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To: pabianice
I couldn't agree more. Seeing Third World reality might have the same effect on our spoiled liberals that seeing a prison had on Richard Pryor. On one of his comedy albums, he talked about how he used to complain how terrible it was that America had so many prisons, until he spent a couple of months filming a movie in an actual prison and meeting the prisoners. He said his new attitude was, "Thank GOD for prisons!!"

He said, "One guy murdered an entire family with an ax. I asked him, "Man, why'd you do that?!" "They was home."

I'd love to deal with this Ethiopian SOB myself. I notice that he also had a hawk with a broken wing, which I seriously doubt that he took in out of compassion. I take in homeless and handicapped parrots, and there used to be a pet store nearby with a beautiful Amazon that wasn't for sale. He was afraid of people and had one wing that hung down uselessly. The store owner told me he'd belonged to a guy who didn't like the sounds he made, so he'd hit him with a stick and broken his wing. I tried for two years to get him to tell me that guy's name and address, just so I could personally demonstate how much it might hurt to get your bones broken with a stick, but no luck.

41 posted on 11/25/2005 1:01:56 PM PST by HHFi
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To: GBA

"What a sad and disturbing picture. We reveal ourselves and our character in how we treat the small and the innocent."

If you are talking about how we treat "small and innocent" human beings, I concur. If a person is kind to other human beings, chances are great that the person will be kind to animals as well. If a person is kind to animals, this does not necessarily hold that the person will be kind to human beings. Hitler was a dog lover and vegetarian.


42 posted on 11/25/2005 1:06:12 PM PST by CALawyer
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To: Fawn
For an update to this story, see item "Happy Thanksgiving!!!" on this site:

http://www.cheetah.org/?nd=news

A conservation group came through and took action. What a concept! I hope this news balms the souls of other softies like myself. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

43 posted on 11/25/2005 1:16:21 PM PST by corbie
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To: Vom Willemstad K-9; HairOfTheDog
ping



45 posted on 11/25/2005 10:05:55 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Fawn; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; quantim; republicangel; Bahbah; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...
Bastard.


46 posted on 11/26/2005 2:34:14 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Note for visitors at Arafat's grave - first dance, THEN pee.)
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To: corbie

Can you print the story? When I click on the link...it won't take me to your links story.


47 posted on 11/27/2005 7:23:00 AM PST by Fawn (Try not---do or do not. ~~ Yoda)
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To: Slings and Arrows
His sons, 4-year-old Abraham and 2-year-old Nur, pulled the cubs' tails and dragged them around their sun-parched yard by ropes tied tightly to their necks. Other children followed, poking and teasing the frightened cats.

If the rescue of the cubs is unsuccessful, those kids are going to learn a very rough lesson once those cubs grow into full sized cheetahs.

48 posted on 11/28/2005 11:51:50 AM PST by Serb5150 (P!ss off a liberal - wish them a Merry Christmas.)
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