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    I think I actually had a bit of a mental shift tonight. That hasn't happened to me in years, but this one wasn't like the ones I had as a kid. This time, my actual narrated thoughts never stopped. I just really felt off, like I shouldn't have been doing anything I was doing, and I was really alert to everything going on around me.

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    A couple months ago, the Indian Supreme Court approved a plan for the reintroduction of the African cheetah to the Indian subcontinent (rather than the Asiatic cheetah).

    I'm glad--the debate was a good example, IMHO, of taxonomic splitting getting in the way of conservation. Been worried about it for a while.
    "If you are worthy of his affection, a cat will be your friend but never your slave. He keeps his free will though he loves, and will not do for you what he thinks unreasonable; but if he once gives himself to you, it is with absolute confidence and fidelity of affection." -Theophile Gautier

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    I'm surprised this is good news with the rate of India's illegal logging and/or urban development into protected forests. From the stories I've seen, projects get sneaked through or carried out without full approval. For example, they doubled the number of lanes on a road through a protected wildlife corridor and I'm thinking "Who the heck approved that?" More conservation projects in a country that can't fully handle what it has already seems a bit risky. Introducing cheetahs could be better than doing nothing, but we'll never know until the results are in.

    Also, personally, I am in favor of keeping the genetic history of a subspecies intact, but from what I've read cheetahs are having a hard time with fertility so there is an over-riding priority to compensate that I understand.

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    The subspecies that was native to India is the Asiatic cheetah. There are less than fifty left, all in Iran, none in captivity. They are almost certainly going to go extinct, and as far as I know ecologically they are pretty similar to the African subspecies chosen. In terms of the health of the ecosystem, ecological equivalency is what matters most.

    As far as India's illegal logging and urban development issues... they're a problem, but India's a very large country, and they've made progress in some fields--like tiger numbers if this is accurate, though of course that trend may reverse, or have already reversed. I find it likely that where the reintroductions are happening, arrangements have been made to keep the population as safe as possible.
    "If you are worthy of his affection, a cat will be your friend but never your slave. He keeps his free will though he loves, and will not do for you what he thinks unreasonable; but if he once gives himself to you, it is with absolute confidence and fidelity of affection." -Theophile Gautier

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    Since we're all stuck indoors for the time being, I decided to gather the necessary supplies and start working on my first yarn tail.

    I looked through several DIY patterns online, studying the instructions and searching for one that looked easy to make. At least this way I'll have something to do to keep occupied. Then, if all goes well and my project is successful, I can run around the house with my little wolf tail and have a good time.

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    What color are you planning on making it?
    "If you are worthy of his affection, a cat will be your friend but never your slave. He keeps his free will though he loves, and will not do for you what he thinks unreasonable; but if he once gives himself to you, it is with absolute confidence and fidelity of affection." -Theophile Gautier

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    Nothing fancy. Just a simple grey with a white tip.

    Shouldn't be difficult so long as I stick to the instructions.
    We share our physical lives with those in spirit. For life, like love, never dies.
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    Nothing like a five-night camping excursion for work to make you feel more animal. Wind, rain, frost, nearby mountain lions and bears, and a whole lot of filth. Life distilled. Every day was waking up before the dawn, hiking 5-7 miles, and exploring rugged and quiet terrain. This time of year is fairly lush even in the high desert. Lots of evergreen and sage smells like usual, but also powerfully sweet wildflowers. The sun is getting strong and warm, too. Really great.

    Being clean and in a "proper bed" (air mattress with covers as opposed to mummy-style sleeping bag and inflatable pad) feels absurdly luxurious right now.

    Another two weeks or so and hopefully be going home for the first time in two months.

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    I'm wondering if other therians/animal-folk can pick up on non-theriotype animals, their traits and behaviours, and adopt and relate to those animals for certain periods of time, and can do so without necessarily claiming spirituality or spiritual kinship. If there are any meaningful psychological and/or physical feelings of kinship, can we recognize it without claiming a second theriotype, or are we stuck with getting bogged down in vague concepts like totems or spirit guides?

    Is this something other people experience, basically, even if we do away with specific terminology?

    Edit: I moved this post to Discussions.
    Last edited by Coyote Jones; May 3rd, 2020 at 08:33 PM.

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    Edit: Nah, the quote I shared still sounds fluffy as hell to me.
    Last edited by Coyote Jones; May 4th, 2020 at 04:56 PM.

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