Steve. Prendre trois.

I have some wonderful news about Steve!!

June 30, 2021 update from Wild@Life:

Little Steve has just amazed us all! From the moment we rescued him in Nigerian wet market from being killed for black magic ritual, we really didn’t know if he could make it, the abuse he suffered was vicious and intense.

But here we have little Steve today, one month on and gaining weight, he is being hand fed and cared for 24/7 by our highly skilled vet Mark.

Please do consider supporting our important work:

Please consider donating to Steve’s ongoing care. Goddess Bless You.

I actually had a dream last night about adopting Steve. This has made my day – heck, my millennium! Hugs and kisses to Steve and Vet Mark. Keep fighting little one! (Looks like he’s gonna retain those amazing BAT EARS!)


Note: As Wild@Life provides updates, I’m still revising my original Post on Steve.

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Steve. Prendre deux.

As you can see, Steve continues his fight against what must have been weeks of malnutrition and neglect. Thank Goddess he’s in the hands of compassionate and caring people.

For those who are interested, I am updating his original Post (Steve.) as Wild@Life provides updates on his progress.

Please consider making a donation towards Steve’s long road to recovery and please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

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Not all live animals rescued from wet markets are destined to become someone’s dinner or used for some bogus Asian medicinal “cure”. Some, like this half-starved kitten, will be sold as a live animal sacrifice to voodoo practitioners.

Meet Steve, a “black voodoo kitten” who was recently rescued from an African wet market by Wild @ Life.

(To watch video on W@L’s FB page, click on the photo.)

(Look at those eyes – and EARS! Bats ARE cats with wings…Love and kisses to Steve and all the compassionate people at Wild@Life.)

Note: If FB isn’t “working” try this link:


October 27, 2021

Click on image above to watch the video!

Today is National Black Cat Day and we thought to share Steve.

As you know we have rescued Steve from the notorious Lagos Wet market where he was going to be sold for voodoo rituals. This is the future of many black cats in the region. At this age, still not abolishing such practices is really hard to understand and empathize with. Is simply cruel.

Steve was severely anemic and he is getting strong by each day. Now he even made himself a friend at the clinic.

We will continue our work to combat such crimes and campaign for the closure of wet markets, birth place of pandemics and zoonotic diseases.

September 3, 2021

Click on the link below to see his latest video.

Watch Steve’s latest video.

July 29, 2021

It was a dark day when we found Steve the kitten inside a bird cage at a Nigerian wet market. Now we have bright sun filled days watching him heal from his brutal past!
Steve is still receiving dedicated and specialised care with our vet, he has gained weight but continues treatment for mange and other ailments that put his life on the line many times.
Please consider supporting Steve’s medical care! Our vet bill is continuously rising and all your donations goes directly to the animals in need. (DONE! ❤️)

July 9, 2021

More good news mews from TEAM STEVE!

We share with you a heartwarming update of Steve our little Voodoo kitten. He was on deaths door when we rescued him from a wet market in Nigeria. We provided him with 24/7 care, compassion and love and our efforts have paid off.
Watching Steve play with a ball for the first time in his life is enough to bring us joy! We are now hopeful that he will continue to gain weight and hold on to his tiny life.
Please do consider sparing a few pennies to assist Steve in his plight (We made another small donation to “Team Steve”. Goddess how I love those EARS!), the costs for such intensive daily care is high ❤️.

(To watch the video, click on the photo.)

June 30, 2021 update from Wild@Life:
Little Steve has just amazed us all! From the moment we rescued him in Nigerian wet market from being killed for black magic ritual, we really didn’t know if he could make it, the abuse he suffered was vicious and intense.

But here we have little Steve today, one month on and gaining weight, he is being hand fed and cared for 24/7 by our highly skilled vet Mark.

Please do consider supporting our important work:
(Ramses suggested we make another donation this morning…so we did!)

Please consider donating to Steve’s ongoing care. Thank you.

June 17, 2021 update from Wild@Life:

When we entered the wet market in Nigeria and rescued Steve (from black magic ritual) along 6 other animals from an unimaginable torture, we had no idea if he would make it!
2 weeks on and he continues to fight! He has been receiving around the clock care from our expert Vet, Dr Mark Ofua who is doing everything he can to make sure Steve can recover. On top of his diagnosis of viral and opportunist Bacteria he also has anemia and a low pcv count.
Please consider making a donation towards Steve’s long road to recovery and please do keep him in your thoughts.

June 12, 2021 update from Wild@Life:
Little Steve (rescued from voodoo ritual) continues to fight for survival. He is currently staying at our vet and is receiving the best medical care possible in the country. He even has made a new friend. Steve is diagnosed with viral infection which in turns brings opportunistic bacteria infection. He also suffers consequences of a long time severe starvation. Treatment is ongoing, please keep your paws crossed for him. (Indeed. Ramses and I made a donation this morning to help get Steve back on his feet…er paws…post-haste!)

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Happy Black Panther Day

There is are International Days for both Jaguars and Leopards and there’s a World Jaguar Day. Additionally, we have Black Cat Appreciation Day (August 17th) and National Black Cat Day (October 27th). BUT there is no day specifically attributed to the Black Panther. Until now.

In loving memory of Diego (my “Panther Boy”),
I am declaring this day of his birth (April 4th) as Black Panther Day.

Although the term “Black Panther” has been attributed to

A member of the Black Panther Party
A fictional superhero

in the world of felines, there is no such species as a “Black Panther”.

The term “black panther” is most frequently used to describe black-coated (melanistic) leopards (Panthera pardus) or jaguars (Panthera onca). The world ‘melanism’ is derived from a Greek word meaning black pigment. Here it refers to the increased development of dark-colored pigment melanin in the skin or hair.

The appearance of a black coat is attributed to the expression of recessive alleles in leopards and dominant alleles in jaguars.

n. one of two or more alternative forms of a gene that arise by mutation and are found at the same place on a chromosome

On cats like the leopard and jaguar, spots on a melanistic animal’s coat will often still be visible depending on the incident light. (When sunlight hits Ramses just right you can see tabby stripes on his tail) The appearance of a black coat may also depend upon the animal’s life stage.

Melanistic leopards and jaguars are rare. Studies estimate only 11% are born with this coloration, and it’s possible to have both melanistic and non-melanistic cubs in the same litter.

Confirmed sightings are infrequent, and confirmed sightings of black leopards (especially in Africa) are very rare – with the most recently verified sighting taking place in Kenya in 2019. Before that, it had been over 100 years since one was seen and photographed in Africa.

In India, wildlife filmmaker and photographer Mithun H captured a photo of these two leopards near the Kabini Forest.

Famous black panthers include Bagheera (The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, 1894) and Sir Purr, mascot of the Carolina Panthers’ football team.

On a more personal note, the Black Panther holds special meaning for me. It is my Totem Animal – also called Spirit Animal, Power Animal, and Familiar.

When I was a Sophomore we lived in the foothills of East San José. Our house sat at the bottom of a hill and on sunny days I’d kick-back on the hillside, enjoying the panoramic view of the valley below. One day I was tramping through the browned grasses looking for a place to sit, when suddenly a black shape appeared in front of me. It was a large black cat. It was a black panther. (Afterward my Dad insisted I’d seen a dog, but I know the difference between the two. Not only are their body compositions different, but the way a cat MOVES is uniquely cat-like. Smooth and sensuous.) I felt no fear. I gazed at the cat. The cat gazed at me. Just as quickly as it had appeared, it vanished into the hillside. That night I dreamed of BEING a black panther on the hunt. This dream repeated itself several nights after that.

The Black Panther has been connected to me ever since…

I’ve written a more in-depth article on Spirit Animals here.

What’s the difference between a leopard and a jaguar?


~ Native to Africa and Asia.
~ Slender bodied with long tails
~ Small, angular heads featuring sharp cheekbones and clearly defined lines
~ Smallest of the “big cats”, weighing in around 175 pounds


~ Found in Central and South America
~ Stocky, compact, and muscular body with barrel-like abdomen and relatively short tail
~ Large, broadly-rounded head with smaller ears and wide jaw
~ Weighs up to 250 pounds

The jaguar’s huge jaw muscles and teeth give it the strongest bite force of any mammal! (Take that, stupid pit bulls!)

Encyclopaedia Britannica
Wild Cat Sanctuary
Big Cat Rescue

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Scary Caturday! (10.31.2020)

By Prince Ramses XII

This special Halloweem editiom is all about black cats, because whem you thimk of Halloweem you picture ravem-furred beasties, right? Right?!? Well, I’m here to tell you there’s more to us tham ridimg om broomsticks or crossimg your path. There’s mo truth to the rumor that we cause bad luck AMD we take meow-velous selfies (Ramses and I are still working on this. He just cannot sit still long enough for me to capture a shot of us together. – M).

But first, let’s hear what SHE has to say about today’s Full “Blue” Moom.

The second Full moon in a calendar month is called a Blue Moon. The Full Moon on October 31, 2020 is also a Hunter’s Moon – which is the first full moon after the Harvest Moon – AND is conjunct Lilith. Damn.

Rare Halloween ‘Blue Moon’ is a spooky treat for us all
“The moon will be full this Halloween night across the entire United States. This is a truly special confluence of spookiness; a Halloween full moon visible for all time zones on Earth hasn’t happened since 1944… [and] It won’t happen again until 2039.”
Full Moon October 31, 2020 – Rebellion
“The October 31 blue moon is extremely close to Uranus [in Taurus], the planet of change and revolution. So unexpected change and uncertainty may cause anxiety, impatience, and an inability to relax…Civil unrest, violence, and rebellion are possible. […] The October 31 full moon in the Sign of Taurus aligns with the brightest star in the Constellation of Aries.”
The Spiritual Meaning of the Halloween Blue Full Moon 2020 is Surprising
“…Samhain was celebrated from Oct. 31 through Nov. 1 as a way of welcoming in the harvest, and the darker half of the year. The Celtics believe it’s the only day in the year where the barriers between the physical world and the spirit world can be dissolved…Full moons are powerful on their own, so when you integrate the rarity of it also being a blue moon, on the eeriest night of the year, it means something.”

Astrologically, Full Moons sit directly opposite the Sun. Today’s Full Moon is in Taurus (the Earth) while the Sun resides in Scorpio (the Underworld). As above, so below. The lunar properties of the moon will shine a light on that which is hidden. It will bring the mysterious out into the open. This is a moon of change and transformation.

Indeed. There is electricity in the air and you can feel the power of its magickal energies. Spooky. The perfect time to cast a spell or two.

Now, let’s get on with this post! (Take it away, Ramses!)

A black cat crossing your path
signifies that the animal is going somewhere.

– Groucho Marx

Black cats were considered good luck on ships – this despite the fact that ALL cats are great hunters and kept rodents at bay during long voyages. The wives of English mariners kept black cats as TALISMANS to ensure their husbands’ safe return. In Britain, Japan, and Ireland having a black cat cross your path is a sign of GOOD luck. Single women in Japan who own black cats are said to attract more suitors; and in parts of the U.K., a black cat is the ideal wedding gift.

Black Cats Matter.
Because there are more “cats of color” than any other
– with one all-black purebred breed: the Bombay.

Hey, this cat looks just like me! – Ramses

Because of superstitious ignorance, black cats are the least-adoptable among their shelter-mates; and because they are the target of cruel and sometimes fatal attacks during Halloween, shelters will no longer adopt them out during the month of October.

Why you should adopt a Black Cat.

  • We tend to be healthier than cats of other colors. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health discovered that the genetic mutations that cause cats to have black coats may offer them some protection from diseases.
  • If you wear a lot of black (Like SHE does.) you don’t have to worry about cat hair on your clothes.
  • Like the proverbial little black dress, we go with EVERYTHING – and holding us will make you look slimmer.
  • We are RARE (the black color of our coats is associated with the X chromosome, which often skips a generation).
  • Having a black cat is like living with a miniature-size panther.

Black cats were created to give everyone
the opportunity to be owned by a mini-panther.

– Unknown

Famous Black Cats

For ways on how you (and your kitty) can fully celebrate Samhain,
check out “The Magic of Cats“.

Happy Halloweem

Oh no! Here comes Ramses-O!
Go, Go, Mouse-zilla!!!!

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