Daily Archives: Saturday, 14 February, 2009

Enjoy Pix of World’s Cutest Animal

Life is short and nobody knows what’ll happen tomorrow, so here are some pictures of the cutest animal in the world, the fennec fox:

This first one is just a youngun.

And one more:

I had been holding off on posting the adorable animal pictures, because I’m not trying to lure people to my blog under false pretenses, and I’d like to know who comes here to read about Arabs in popular culture, but I recently read and saw something really dismaying. And I don’t want to be Captain Bringdown here, but in the interests of getting information out there, here’s the unhappy story of the frolicksome zoo animals at that Gaza zoo who were killed in the recent Israeli offensive against Gaza.

If you’re sensitive about the plight of cute creatures and you haven’t quit reading yet, you should quit now. The sad story is that among the animals killed were several fennec foxes.

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The Gaza zoo has had it hard. They had to smuggle some animals in, using those smuggling tunnels that Israel would have you believe are used solely for smuggling weaponry, not food or medicine.

(There are going to be tunnels as long as there are walls. For, Something There is That Doesn’t Love a Wall, as they say).

And check this out. In 2005 someone stole the Gaza zoo’s lion, Sabrina. Click the link to see a photo of Sabrina sitting in a Hyundai hatchback. The good news is she was returned in 2007.

The bad news is that Gaza zoo animals were also killed in an Israeli attack in 2004.
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Let me add for new readers that the fennec fox is a native of the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa.

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