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Don’t freak out people!

Several suburbs of Sydney, Australia have ordered that domestic cats curl up inside from dusk to dawn.  The new feline curfew is designed to stop or at least reduce overnight attacks on native wildlife.

The Roos are pissed-off!

The move was inspired after deputy mayor Michele McKenzie’s son rescued a brushtail possum and its baby when they were attacked by a cat.

Someone there has made plans to reintroduce a colony of ringtail possums to the area as well.  Apparently, ringtail flight was a big deal in the late 60s and early 70s.  The ringtails are much smaller in size, the cats are kickin’ possum ass, and McKenzie wants the animals to have the a fighting  best possible chance at survival.

How thoughtful of her.

But the odds are stacked against the possums unless cats, which can climb trees to catch the animals, are stopped from prowling at night.

There have been some 564 reported cat attacks on ringtail possums in the last year alone.  What?  There’s no other crime in the area to report!

Really folks, I’m not making this UP.

City leaders admit that the curfew can’t be strictly enforced.  So, tax dollars are being spent to educate the masses, and literature will be sent to residents to “propose that cat owners keep their pets indoors between dusk and dawn, monitor their cat’s activities during the day and attach two bells to their collar.”

Now, UP is a cat-caretaker, because no one owns a cat, and Stella never leaves the house.  But, now that I know cats can kill possums, she may be set free once in a while!!

Stella Longing For The Outside

Of course the cat people are all pissed off, and think the dogs should face the same fate.  But, Ms. McKenzie says that even though “Dogs will do terrible damage to a possum, but they don’t get them quite as often because they don’t climb trees.”

I’m sure her dog is happy!

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