Copyright © 2004
by Erik A. Olsen
Ok....before I go any further, (and to answer the 20 or so emails I get on the subject once and for all), let me just say this:
There is NO SUCH THING as a bonsai kitten. It is a myth. An urban legend. It is a parody created to do exactly what it has done - stir up the ire and shock of a group of truly gullible people. The bonsai kitten stories abound on the net, they have nothing to do with the true hobby of bonsai, and nothing to do at all with gardening. Heck, Yahoo even has it listed in their "Urban Legends" Category!
How anyone could take the bonsai kitten site seriously is, quite frankly, beyond me...but some actually have. In fact, some truly gullible people went so far to complain to the FBI Read a sample email I received:
|Subject: FOR EVERYONE WHO LOVES ANIMALS
A site that we were able to shut last year has returned. We have to try to shut it down again! A Japanese man in New York breeds and sells kittens that are called BONSAI CATS.
That would sound cute, if it weren't kittens that were put in to little bottles after being given a muscle relaxant and then locked up for the rest of their lives!! The cats are fed through a straw and have a small tube for their faeces. The skeleton of the cat will take on the form of the bottle as the kitten grows. The The cats never get the opportunity to move.
They are used as original and exclusive souvenirs. These are the latest trends in New York, China, Indonesia and New Zealand .
If you think you can handle it, view http://www.bonsaikitten.com and have a look at the methods being used to put these little kittens into bottles. This petition needs 500 names, so please put your one name on it!!! Copy the text into a new email and put your name on the bottom, then send it to everyone you know. If you notice that there are 500 names on the list, please send it to: [EMAIL ADDRESS DELETED TO PROTECT THE GULLIBLE]
So...let me say this one more time for all to here:
BONSAI KITTENS ARE NOT REAL
No one is making them. No one is selling equipment to make them. Investigations by law enforcement agencies (including the FBI) have revealed no real kittens were harmed to create the pictures posted on the bonsai kitten website (haven't you ever heard of Photoshop?)
It was all a hoax. 0ne that was in VERY poor taste, granted...but a hoax none the less.
So stop bothering me about it....get on with your lives....and please, RESEARCH before you respond to one of these things. Oh, and if you want a bonsai cat....start training your bonsai trees to look like one.