CATEGORY | Wildlife Conservation
Scarlet macaws perch on treetops, their vibrant hues stunning against the backdrop of low, interweaving gray clouds. Nearby are monkeys and sloths, slowly creeping through the trees. Within hours, Costa Rica earns its name: With 5% of the Earth’s biodiversity, the small country is also one of the most bountiful.
We are crouched low to the ground, hovering like flies. Caesar rolls onto his back, exposing his belly as he scratches his brow. At this distance, I can see the individual lashes, so like ours, surrounding his coffee-colored eyes. For a while, he watches us; poses for us; seems to want to communicate with us.
Over the past 48 hours, nearly fifty wild animals have been killed in Ohio after being released by their owner, Terry Thompson, who subsequently took his own life. Through harrowing tales by Ohio residents and police officers, the online community has been seized with terror, imagining panic at encountering a lion, tiger or bear within a residential community.
A goat has gone missing, the fifth in a month's time. A farmer locates its half-eaten carcass several days later and blames the wild cheetah he's seen darting across his property during early sun-drenched mornings.