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Sleeping leopard tree ornament

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Many garden ornaments representing living creatures are available, but all have their drawbacks. Model herons or flamingoes are naff and, by not moving for an implausibly long time, give the game away. Pond-floating semi-submerged alligators suffer from essentially the same problem, as do various concrete or cast-resin small mammals. Gnomes are available in many forms but, although nobody knows for sure how much a real gnome moves, their prolonged immobility (even whilst fishing or laughing) results in a loss of credibility.

Leopards, however, are well known for (a) climbing trees and (b) falling asleep therein for extended periods of time.

Proposed, therefore, is a life-size, life-like all-weather stuffed leopard which can be draped over a high branch to consternate neighbours and passers-by.

MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 21 2019

This is what happens to them when the trees are all gone.... https://futuremarke...s-inspirational-ad/
[xenzag, Sep 21 2019]

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Some real synergy possible. [8th of 7, Sep 23 2019]


       See link +
xenzag, Sep 21 2019

       Despite the famillial relationship, since this is not felix domesticus we are able to award a bun [+]   

       [xen], maybe the leopards could go to the Tree Museum. The charge for people is a dollar and a half just to see 'em, but if the leopard is an assistance leopard* it might get in for free.   

       *as in "This is my assistance leopard. If you don't let us both in for free, he'll eat your leg."
8th of 7, Sep 21 2019

       //felix domesticus// Sp. "Felis catus".   

       Know thine enemy.
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 21 2019

       We do. It's "Everyone".   

       And yes, we know about the latin naming thing, we just can't write the actual words ...
8th of 7, Sep 21 2019

       [+] In the wrong, or maybe right neighborhood, this is going to have some holes.
wjt, Sep 22 2019

       I'd like to order mine in a cougar color scheme as those are much more common than leopards in our area.
scad mientist, Sep 23 2019

       Your neighbours' consternation will gradually wane though as they become familiar with the leopard in your tree and as they realise it's a fake leopard. So, to keep the level of tension high there needs to be a service which, for just a single day every few years, will replace the fake leopard with a real leopard. Unwary neighbours will get mauled to death, sure, but that's a small price to pay for keeping the rest of them on their toes.

Also, do you sell fake snow leopards* for use in the winter?

[* that's {fake {snow leopards}}, not {{fake snow} leopards}]
hippo, Sep 23 2019

       A leopard that preferred fake snow would have an interesting back story.
doctorremulac3, Sep 23 2019

       I can easily imagine a children's book "The Sad {{Fake Snow} Leopard}" - should be popular among the children of Halfbakers.

Follow-up: "The Friendly {{Fake Grass} Snake}"
hippo, Sep 23 2019

       "Snowy wasn't like other snow leopards, they loved to romp and play in the snow, but Snowy would run into the local department stores during Christmas and roll around and play in the fake snow sprinkled about the displays, for Snowy was apparently addicted to the smell of polyethylene, an uncommon occurance in snow leopards. Years of sniffing the fake show had given Snowy a third eye, with which he could shoot laser beams, or at least he thought, because Snowy had, at this point, suffered massive brain damage and had gone quite insane..."
doctorremulac3, Sep 23 2019

       // replace the fake leopard with a real leopard.//   

       Sounds like an ideal partner to our Animal Adoption scheme ... <link>
8th of 7, Sep 23 2019

       I like that... - maybe one day someone will annotate that idea :-)
hippo, Sep 23 2019


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