Pretty Kitty

Sorry, dear.  This post isn't about you...

Sorry, dear. This post isn’t about you…

picture dayIt’s some unknown day in this amorphous week of nothing that I’ll assume is a Wednesday, so that means it’s time to dump out the tampon box full of dirty Polaroids and find a few of my shitty photos to share with you in today’s edition of Picture Day at The Nest.

You may recall a few months ago I was on quite a kick showing off pictures I’d taken during a trip to the local zoo back in May.  Then, to your relief I’m sure, I suddenly stopped and haven’t dipped back into that album since sometime in June.  Well, it’s about time to show off another prisoner denizen of the St. Louis Zoo.  See if you can spot this feline (see what I did there?)…

Bark! Bark!

Bark! Bark!

The walk through “Big Cat Country” where all of the overly large jungle felines are kept was mostly a dud since many of big purrbabies were apparently taking catnaps in their cubbyholes and didn’t want to be gawked at by nosy humans.  I’ll have to share some of the other kitties in the future, but this week we’re gonna focus on the cat you see here who was the most willing park pussy to have its picture taken.  I’d forgotten what he was and was scouring Google thinking he was probably a jaguar until I noticed (DUH!) I’d taken a picture of the sign…

Hello Amur.  How are you doing?

Hello Amur. How are you doing?

Yes, he’s definitely an Amur leopard, and apparently one of the few left in the entire world.  Less than 100 are believed to survive in the wild, and they all live in a very small area near the border of Russia, China and North Korea where they could get atomized or executed for no reason at any time…

We only want unicorns in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea!

We only want unicorns in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea!

The very bright and distinctive spots on his coat are very beautiful.  While many furry/anthro artists love to replicate the exotic patterns you’ll find on jungle critters to show off how much more talented they are than Bob Ross, lazy ones like me would never have the time to even attempt to do an Amur leopard justice by trying to draw him…

Yeah, go ahead and stick with skunks and possums.  They don't have nothin' on my good looks!

Yeah, go ahead and stick with skunks and raccoons. They don’t have nothin’ on my good looks!

Here’s a photo where you can see the fur pattern very well and in focus for being shot through the metal grid that was keeping him from having me for brunch…

Nah, the zoo diet of possums and nachos tastes better...

Nah, the zoo diet of possums and nachos tastes better…

I’ll be back next Wednesday with another wild photo for you to hiss at…

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About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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25 Responses to Pretty Kitty

  1. What a beautiful creature he is…….sadly I’m sure there are more of his kind on the floors and walls of all those “GREAT HUNTERS” out there than there are in their natural habitat – which is, sadly true of many of Mom Nature’s critters.

    Pam

  2. maybe it was good that the lion slept in the mighty jungle as you were there… I wanted a photo with a lion cub once and the kitty peed on me… a challenge for my granny to drive home in a bus with a wet kid :o)

  3. Piglove says:

    What a beautiful animal – too bad he has to live behind bars. Then think about it my evil friend. Do you really think that metal contraption is enough to keep him from you? Really, do you punk? Snorts with piggy laughter…. I tickled myself. XOXO – Bacon

  4. draliman says:

    I think the cat at the very top looks more dangerous. He has a hungry look in his eye. And don’t let the furry paws fool you. Claws of steel my friend, claws of steel.

  5. fanrosa says:

    I can’t draw skunks or squirrels worth a damn (although I can knit them right???), but I do a hell of an animal print nail art manicure. Diff’rent strokes (ha!)…..

  6. Trisha says:

    What a beautiful kitty! I would want one, but I’m betting they wouldn’t peacefully coexist with the squirrels the way my cats do. Plus, since they’re cut out for the cold, they would probably die of heat exhaustion (or boredom) during our warm, boring non-winters.

    • I’m about to die of heat exhaustion (and boredom) during this time off! I expect mid-September weather to be lukewarm at worst, but it’s hit or almost hit 90 every day this week! I was hoping to take another squirrel photo excursion this week, but blech, it’s too hot!

      • Trisha says:

        Sorry to hear that your most hated season won’t go away. I can’t imagine how cranky I would be if it were still 90 degrees here! I hope cooler temps and fall weather come your way soon. I would share our weather if I could!

  7. ody & Biskit….a pawz a pawz a pawz…… thiz weekz foto shoot total lee rockz….total lee …we love see in R grate { timez 300 } gram paw…..

    N yea….hiz existance iz critically endangerd; two stepz a way frum eggs tinct…..which iz bee yond ….sad ~~~~~~~~~ ♥♥♥

    thanx for sharin !! ☺☺☺

    • I wish I could have gotten some better pics of him without the barriers getting in the way. Poor thing… either get locked up in a pen or sent out in the wild to get hunted… it sucks.

  8. Bradley says:

    Beautiful leopard. Sad to hear there are so few left. I look forward to the day we stop screwing up things for our animal friends.

    • Too many people would disagree with us that animals should be seen as friends and not as “things” put on this earth to be used by us however we please. Animals probably look forward to the day we end up on the critically endangered list…

  9. VERY pretty kitties. 😀

  10. Love seeing the big cats. Well done. 😉

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