Had Gadya at Rambam, where lions don't eliminate cats

The hospital has tried everything to keep street cats away, including leaving lions' excrement in open barrels on the grounds.

July 3, 2007 23:52
1 minute read.
Had Gadya at Rambam, where lions don't eliminate cats

cat 88. (photo credit: )


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Chronically overrun by stray cats who wander into Rambam Medical Center looking for food, the Haifa hospital's management tried an unusual experiment: They left lions' excrement donated by the city zoo in open barrels on the grounds, hoping that the predator's feline smell would scare the cats away. It was a roaring failure - or, it succeeded only until the excrement dried out, after which the cats returned. Rambam said on Tuesday that it has tried everything to keep the street cats away, including a castration and neutering campaign, which experts thought would make the sterile cats chase the others away from their territory. As some of the strays are sick and injured, patients, staff and visitors did not like the cats prowling the corridors, and the Health Ministry said the cats must not remain in the hospital. As Rambam donates old medical equipment to the zoo for diagnosing and treating its animals, the zoo was pleased to contribute the lion excrement. But when management saw it was a deterrent only for two days, while wet, and that the cats returned when it dried out and lost its "fragrance," the hospital halted the experiment. Officials also worried if the excrement itself might spread germs. So it's back to square one, with Rambam looking for another solution. If they find one, management worries that the lack of cats will bring about an epidemic of mice, rats and other pests. Just in case, they have already received approval from a voluntary organization that is willing to lend Rambam some owls to eat the rodents at night.

Related Content

[illustrative photo]
September 24, 2011
Diabetes may significantly increase risk of dementia