Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Cats Without Us

This book sounds pretty fascinating..."The World Without Us" by Alan Weisman

"Let us try a creative experiment," Alan Weisman proposes on page three: If humans disappeared from earth, what would happen? To your home, for example. To our cities, farms, and oceans. To the animals that remain. Or to the billion tons of plastic we'd leave behind."

From an interview with the author at The Washington Post

So I assume our pets are toast?
The creatures we have domesticated to the point of dependence would fall prey to predators. Chickens I'm not too confident about. Dogs will eventually lose to competition by coyotes, wolves, other canids. Our cats? You put a cat outside, they start to hunt. Very clever. The cat is here to stay.


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