Sure, some people get to travel around Israel meeting lots of new people, seeing beautiful places and educating young Jews about their history as part of an ancient nation and religion. But most people in Israel right now are just living regular lives, making a living, raising children, etc. This is what Arthur Damush (Du Mosch, according to the J Post) was doing as he went to bed a couple of nights ago in his home in a small Negev desert community. Arthur was in for a surprise, however, when in the middle of the night his cat brought a feline cousin into the home. Well, it didn’t quite “bring” the leopard into the home but was instead running for its life into the home. Apparently nearby residents had been noticing their cats disappearing recently but nobody knew why until Arthur’s wife woke him with the shout, “Leopard!” The leopard was in their bedroom trying to eat their cat.

Arthur did what any of us would do: he leapt over to the leopard, grabbed it, put it in a headlock and held on for dear life while his wife called their neighbor who just happened to be a Nature and Parks Authority inspector. Well, some of us would pounce on a leopard. One or two of us, I’m sure.

Fortunately, the inspector arrived twenty minutes later and by then Arthur was already giving the leopard noogies. Soon thereafter, the situation came under control.

He grabbed a leopard and held him until help came! Is he insane? Who grabs a leopard – they have sharp teeth and big mouths and muscular bodies?

“This kind of thing doesn’t happen every day,” he said, plainly. “I don’t know why I did it. I wasn’t thinking, I just acted.”

Well, crazy or not, or perhaps just enough of a cat lover that he didn’t wish to see his cat get chewed to death, Arthur Damush (Du Mosch) gets some respect from this writer.


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  • They have a few of those things in the Hai Bar Nature Reserve, near Eilat. I was astonished to learn that such animals are still wild in Israel, even if only in tiny numbers. Did you know that the last wild ostrich in the Negev was seen in 1966?