Well, the public didn’t believe it. Actually the public didn’t know a thing about it. The cats’ battle with the poachers was portrayed as a major earthquake/avalanche that killed 200 poachers (estimated), injured 150 (again estimated) and blew the lid off of some of the dirtiest, sleaziest officials all over the world. In other words, a lot of people were humiliated in the media and even arrested. Accusations kept coming out in every direction. China, with their well-known history of using these animals for medicine was especially humiliated.
What did that mean?
Well, thanks to the huge battle, more people actually started to care about what was going on over there with the tiger situation. Stories came out that somehow a lot of them escaped from those farms and made it into the deep forests. Animals went off the deep end it seemed and a lot of goofs said, “Oh it’s all because of that James Patterson book The Zoo.” And that just annoyed the meows out of Smokey.
Do you blame her?
In the meantime it seemed like it didn’t matter to the other animals. After a few meows and growls, Smokey even chilled out. Why? That’s easy, Charlie led them to a place (which was near where the boat was tied up) to pawty!