The First Cat Station Master in Japan

cat wearing a hat

In 2007, a stray calico cat named Tama was made station master of Kishi station in Wakayama after financial problems forced all staff on the line to be eliminated. Their goal was for her to boost ridership on the line and promote tourism. Today, the station has been renovated to look like a cat, there is a cafe and gift shop themed around Tama, and three trains decorated with images of cats. So we can safely say mission accomplished.

The Real Ghost of Tsushima- The Tsushima Leopard Cat

The island of Tsushima became world-famous thanks to the game, Ghost of Tsushima. Like the title, there is in fact a ghost on the island, the Tsushima Leopard cat. They are rarely seen as they are active at night and keeps their distance from humans. They might soon be ghosts in a more literal sense soon as car collisions and loss of habitat have made Tsushima leopard cats critically endangered.

Traditonal Japanese Beekeeping

There has been beekeeping in Japan for over a 1000 years. The honey of the Japanese honey bee is harvested by capturing wild swarms and housing them in a constructed log or pile box hive. Japanese honey bees produce less honey than Western honey bees but they make up for it in by being expert pollinators and by being more hardy towards diseases, the cold, and predators.

The Wild Elk of Benezette,Pennsylania

Male Elk in a field

Pennsylvania is home to the largest elk population in the North Eastern United States. There are about 1,350 Elk with the majority of them living in Elk county, named for the Eastern Elk that once lived there. Benezette is a small town in Elk County and the go-to designation for those that want to see the Elk. There are many viewing spots and the Elk country visitor center.

The Not So Wild Bison of Pennsylania-South Park Game Preserve

 The South Park Game Preserve is home to around a dozen Bison fenced-in for both their and our protection. Bison have been raised in this Pittsburgh suburb for 100 years. It is a popular sight for leisure, as Bision are an exotic sight in Pennsylvania.

Best National Animals:Bird Edition

Over 100 countries have a national bird and many of these countries' sole national animals are avian. Birds are behind mammals as the second most popular national animal of choice. Here are the seven best national birds.Here are the three critieria I kept in mind when selecting these seven national birds; 1)good symbol of their country 2)uniqueness, and 3) have important cultural significance.