"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." ~ Jawaharal Nehru

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Wild things

Sorry guys, am not talking about these wild things:

The movie

or even Maurice Sendak's

Where the wild things are!

I love his illustrations and this children's book is testimony to a little one's imagination, creativity and simplistic believe. Did you know there was a 1980's opera and a live-action 2009 feature-film adaptation of it? Would have loved to watch the opera/ musical - with the Wild things belting out some  melancholic ballad.

Anyway, the wild things I'll be blogging about this time is more of the slithery, furry, winged or four legged type.

'twas the week before Gawai and the local market was filled with all sorts of exotic delicacies destined for the cooking port in view of the upcoming celebrations!

This python species was over 2 kgs

If you can't afford to buy the whole snake,
you can always choose the parts you want!

Batty, batty, bat!
These were already smoked

Smoked musang

Half a mouse deer or "kancil"
Reminds me of anatomy pots!

Various cuts of wild boar
with a nasty look machete to boot!

Take a pick

Trotters, anyone?

Spotted this bunch of ladies who were selling some mystery meat in buckets. Wasn't really sure what they were. Anyone can make out what they're selling?

Mari, mari beli!

Take your pic from the mystery meat.
The only thing I can identify for certain is the 2 buckets of fish in the front

Walked over to the fish section to check out their catch of the day.

River terrapin

Humongous tapah or labang (with my foot for comparison)
Whole fish only cost RM22, whereas a kilo would cost RM60
or more back home!

Ikan lumek
Check out that expression!

By now, many of you will be wondering whether the sale and consumption of exotic meat is legal or not. According to the Wild Life Protection Ordinance 1998 (Amendment 2003), hunting wild game for food is a culture of Sarawak natives and although most of them have adapted to modern ways, there are those that still rely on wild animals as the main source of protein. As such, it is permissible for them to possess the meat of animals listed under the “restricted” category. However, the meat taken should not exceed 5 kgs.

Protected animal are "no touch". You stand a fine or imprisonment if you're found in possession of any. They can be further divided into "Protected" and "Totally protected".

Below are posters provided by Sarawak Forestry that highlights these animals.

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