I am a native in this world And think in it as a native thinks

Tuesday, July 26, 2022


Sadly, I do not have a picture of Felicia—she was hiding behind some plants in her cage, and all I could see was a vague spotty shadow. But even without a picture her story is worth telling.

Felicia is an ocelot, and was brought to the Toucan Rescue Ranch when the drug dealer who was keeping her as a pet was arrested, and the police found her sitting on the couch in his apartment. Because she was still very young, it was hoped she could be rehabilitated and returned to the wild.

The first problem they noticed was that she wasn't going to the bathroom. She had been trained to use a litter box, and refused to go without one. So they put a litter box in her cage and she used it happily.

The most important skill for living in the wild is obviously being able to feed yourself, and so next they put a chicken in her cage to see if she would hunt it. The first day she was scared of the chicken and hid, but by the third day she had made friends with it. 

So Felicia will also be spending the rest of her life at the ranch, using a litter box and refusing to kill her dinner.

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