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A cat in Istanbul, named Tombili, used to spend a lot of time watching the goings-on while sitting in this relaxed pose in this particular spot.  A sculpture of him erected in that spot honors his life.  

 

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I don't know what she just ate.  I hope it was a poacher.

 

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One thing that strikes me as a taoist about wild felines (who've been around for 35 million years -- something we as a brand new and, in evolutionary terms, un-established, experimental species, can only dream of accomplishing) is the ultimate yin-yang interplay.  Most of their daily lives are spent in a relaxed, soft, gentle wuwei state, interfering with nothing, being cats, just being.  No aimless activity, just aimless inactivity -- like that of the ocean, lazy, sleepy, free of desires, open to play, open to no play...  an open, receptive state of mind and no-mind.  And then, when necessary and only then -- a powerful burst of sharply focused energy, short and decisive, a kill for food, a quest for procreation -- and again enjoying total contentment, embracing life and play, life as play and pleasure.  True yin and true yang.      

 

And despite being obligatory carnivores, cats have never driven a single species of animals they hunt for to extinction.  They don't take more than they need, and they don't need to take it all. 

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A very rare Chinese mountain cat

 

Chinese Mountain Cat - International Society for Endangered Cats (ISEC)  Canada

 

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The people of Turkey have a deep love of their feral felines...

 

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I enjoyed this documentary on the relationship of Turkish street cats and their human coinhabitants.

 

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3 hours ago, silent thunder said:

The people of Turkey have a deep love of their feral felines...

 

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I enjoyed this documentary on the relationship of Turkish street cats and their human coinhabitants.

 

 

It's a great documentary.  It patched up some of my faith in humanity...  just a little.  

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People build temples for their gods.

Gods build temples for their cats.  

 

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74 cats currently live in the Hermitage, a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the second-largest art museum in the world.  Cats have always lived there since the museum's founding date of 1764, to protect the art work from mice and to interact with visitors.  Currently most of them come from the streets.  After veterinary treatment they are installed in the museum and made available for adoption.  Many get adopted (whereupon new ones are brought in to take their place), others call the huge and magnificent palace their forever home.   

 

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Hm seems the cats have largely left Egypt. Two tomcats arrived last month, from where, no one knows. Tim ended up with a white long haired blue eyed cat and Jess got the yellow/orange tiger stripped one. Both seem mellow.

there have been recent sightings of a black bobcat. I’ve never heard of such a thing.

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