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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Macho B

Earlier this week, I was delighted to find a story about Macho B, a Jaguar spotted southwest of Tucson. Normally only seen near the Arizona-Mexico border, this event caused celebration. For the first time in over a century, the Arizona Game and Fish Department caught and collared a jaguar in the U. S.

But the celebration was short. Through his satellite-tracking device, his movements showed increasing lethargy shortly after his release back into the wild. He was recaptured and tested at the Phoenix Zoo; "severe and unrecoverable" kidney failure was the prognosis. Captured on February 18, he was euthanized March 2. Judged to be about 16 years old, he is believed to be the oldest Jaguar in the world.

According to Channing Turner, in the Arizona Republic, "Environmentalists will host a memorial for the Jaguar today (March 5, 09) in downtown Tucson."


  1. How sad is this!!! Seriously, sometimes I think we try too much to control the beauty around us. However, had they not checked the cat, they wouldn't have known it was ill. Very sad moment in history.


  2. How true Jan. But this is 'the circle of life', isn't it?

    Thank you for sharing.


  3. It is, Danielle. The circle and more. I believe the lives of animals enhance our own journey as we stroll through time. The residual effect of animals around us lives long beyond their existence. We see ourselves in them and grow.

    Thank you for this blog. I appreciate the depths of interest and time you spend here.



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