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Cat Island (Also known as Gili T)

Posted by on November 21, 2011

They say that there are more cats than people on Gili Trawangan. I definitely believe that. But the strange part is that none of them have full tails. In fact, they either have no tails whatsoever or it looks like half of the tail was chopped off.

After encountering an entire half-tailed family while walking down the road, I asked a man at a local diving shop why all the cats had stubby tails. He said that the locals chop off the tails to make a special soup.

I responded, “yum” and decided to ask another source.

Unfortunately, the guy that I asked at my hotel the following morning gave me the same response. So I brought out my pipe and magnifying glass and went out to do my own research (on Google). Apparently, all the cats on the island are inbred, which makes sense seeing as there are hundreds of them on a 2.5 kilometer island.

A few nights later, I was given the pleasure of an abrupt awakening by a tail-less cat as it jumped in my bed. I understand that it wanted to snuggle; but that was a little aggressive, especially for an inbred freak cat.


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