Disney\’s Feral Cats

Great article in the LA Times[1. h/t to Daring Fireball] about the lengths that workers at Disney Parks go to in making sure that every part of the park is cleaned up and/or repaired each night. It\’s an attention to detail that helped attendance rise 8% last year in a bad economy, while other parks suffered. It\’s a great read, and it\’s good to see a company that cares about doing the little things right. And then, there\’s this:

Years ago — no one seems to know when — feral cats began to sneak into the park, living among the park\’s trees and shrubs during the day. At night, they venture out, and an estimated 200 cats now prowl through Disneyland and neighboring California Adventure Park.

But instead of evicting the cats, Disneyland\’s animal wranglers work to control the feline population by spaying and neutering the adult cats and finding homes for all kittens born in the resort. The cats eat at five permanent feeding stations installed throughout the two parks.

\”We are not trying to get rid of them,\” said Gina Mayberry, manager of Disneyland\’s Circle D ranch, where the park\’s animals are housed. \”They keep the rodent population down.\”

Is that not totally Disney? During the day, hundreds of cats sleep in the park, unnoticed. At night, they come out and help with the cleanup. Awesome.







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