Giant tabby cat operates store checkout cash register

I am impressed. He or she manages to use the buttons very well despite paws which are about 5 inches across! There must be some way for them to get their finger onto the button. I don’t know what’s going on but it is probably some kind of promotion. Let’s hope it’s a promotion which benefits cats! Maybe it’s a store which sells pet food and pet products and they are promoting, on that day, the domestic cat.

It is somewhere in Asia because I’ve just detected Asian characters on a banner. Perhaps it is Japan. They like their cats in Japan and stray cats are quite common in parts of Japan.

Let’s hope it’s not too hot either because this costume is going to be very hot. I don’t think I’ve seen a better costume and is the first time I’ve seen something like this which is why I have taken the trouble to write this short post and include the video which is below.

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Japan’s plan to cut down forests

If it is Japan, I have a nice little story about this country which is in the news media today. It is not about cats but people and I will tell the story anyway. Japan is going to cut down and replant vast forests because there is an epidemic of hay fever in their country which is caused by the pollen released from forests of cedar and cypress trees which were planted after the Second World War for use in construction.

Under this destructive plan they intend to fell cedar forests in priority zones and replace them with varieties that generate less pollen. They plan to cut down 70,000 ha of forest a year particularly in mountain areas close to Tokyo and Osaka.

It is said that about 40% of the Japanese population – which equates to about 50 million people – suffer from pollen allergies which is up by about 20% from 20 years ago.

The problem with the project is that there must be a lot of wildlife living in those forests and they will no longer have a home to live in. It is a very destructive plan to try and reduce a hay fever problem. Might there not be a better solution? The cost of the plan must be enormous. Perhaps that money could have gone into research to provide a vaccine against this particular pollen allergen. In fact, it might have been cheaper to do that and at the same time save millions of trees. I don’t get it.

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