We’ve got some activation sensors which detect a cat’s rump and its shoulder,» he said. There’s also some blocking sensors, so there’s a blocking sensor at about our knee height, which is high enough that dingos, kangaroos, people, will automatically block the machine. If that blocking sensor is activated, the whole machine shuts down for at least a minute. Dr Read said cats had a higher «belly clearance» than native animals — another feature that distinguished the species. Three Aboriginal men standing in front of a rocky outcrop with a green knee-height machine in front of them. Local Anangu men Isaac, Quentin and Sherada with a Felixer at Wamitjara. The Felixer was deployed in the APY Lands because feral cats were a threat to the critically endangered black-footed wallaby, or warru.
APY Lands general manager Richard King said that was because of the sheer size of some outback feral cats. The cats are not like your normal cats that you have at home,» he said. These cats are about 35 per cent bigger, and basically the meanest type of cat that you can get, almost like a bobcat. Mr King said warru were on the brink of extinction, making it important they were protected. In the last two years alone, we’ve detected five different cats that have killed warru,» he said. Warru only get to about three to five kilos in size and feral cats can easily get to four or five kilos, so they’re a significant predator. Dr Read said Felixers had been deployed throughout the APY Lands, including at Wamitjara, a habitat for warru.
Mr King said as well as protecting the endangered warru, the Felixer was helping local Indigenous communities in the APY Lands learn new skills. Aboriginal people work as rangers in the APY Lands national parks, and it will be their responsibility to refill the Felixer’s gel cartridges when they run out. The mountains at Wamitjara in the APY Lands are a habitat for warru. The warru enclosure, where we’re breeding up warru, we have quite a few rangers in there that look after the traps, do weighing, monitor,» Mr King said. All the charging, the battery charging, is done by all of our Anangu staff. The poisons are loaded by them and they work with the ecologist to get out there and make sure everything’s working well. ABC teams share the story behind the story and insights into the making of digital, TV and radio content.
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To ask a question, go to the W. New cat nips me when I pet him! Covered litter box or not? I have a few stray cats I noticed in my yard. I feel so bad about this. I do feed them because I don’t want them to starve to death. But I am so worried about them freezing to death.
I don’t know if they belong to anyone in the neighborhood. I am so glad you care about the homeless cats. First and foremost, they do need food and water. In the cold especially, lots of food is critical for the cats as fighting cold takes extra energy. You can build or buy some shelters for them. In addition, try to befriend them to where they, or at least some, let you touch them. Some may be abandoned or lost tame house cats. If you have other pets, you also need to keep newcomers separate at first to avoid fights or possible transmission of diseases or parasites. Then, take the new cat to the vet for a health check, and anything needed to fix up their health or parasite problem, if any. If the new cat is a tame cat, then you can keep it in your house while trying to find a home for it. My husband and I managed to find homes for 10 or so homeless cats by asking everyone we know socially, even if not on close terms, and everyone where we each work.