As I drove into my mum's neighborhood today I saw a cat up in a tree outside one of the houses there. The cat had climbed up a little tree and was balancing around up there on some pretty thin branches. Of course also in the tree were two birds, crows I think, who were croaking very loudly at the cat. Now I am not sure, but I think the birds had a nest up there? So they were probably trying to keep the cat away from it, or they were simply messing with the cat.
Anyway, this whole scene looked pretty intriguing to me. So as soon as I saw it I immediately stopped my car, rolled down the car window and started to take photos of it with my phone. I mean, this is about as close to a "Safari Moment" as I can get here in Karlskrona in Sweden. And of course, below are some photos of my Mini Safari Moment earlier today.
The Mini Safari entrance.
A "little lion" on the hunt.
Balancing on branches.
And gently scouting around.
As well as protecting his/her prey.
Sure felt like a little Safari Moment to meee. Now I am pretty sure nothing more than this actually happened up there though. Because when I drove by the same tree about ten minutes later, it was empty. No birds and no cat in sight.
My dog Lisen has always been scared of heights for some reason? So she was not very excited to come to the edge of the balcony today (we live on the fifth floor) to check out a very patient kitty on the lookout for mice.
This was the patient kitty I tried to show my dog Lisen earlier today.
Who was not very eager to meet my request.
And kitty probably thought we were interrupting his/her mice stakeout.
This was as close as I could get Lisen to the edge, so I am pretty sure she did not see the cat...
But that is a very popular place for cats to hang out and wait for a mouse to appear from the nearby mouse hole, which I have seen. Not sure if any cats have ever caught a mouse there though? Either way, cats sure are patient! Because they can sit there for hours and hours.
Unlike my dog Lisen, who has very little patience when she wants something. Actually, if she really, really wants something she will bark until she gets it. Or at least until she gets my attention and can show me what she wants. She is a very good communicator that way. Lol! :p
This lovely tiger photo was taken at one of the zoos I visited in Australia in 2007.
And close encounter indeed, because the only thing that kept this tiger and boy apart was a few centimeters of glass. It also seemed to me like this tiger was more intrigued by the boy than the other way around. Which in turn now makes me wonder; what was on your mind Mr. Tiger? Hm..?
I love these photos of this lurking male lion my sister and I saw when we were at Dubbo Zoo in Australia. We were there in 2006 and when we stopped by the lions they were just about to get fed. Now the female lions were very eager and hungry indeed, however the big beautiful male lion just hid behind a tree... Something I thought was very weird. But the animal keepers explained that in the wild only the female lions hunt. The male lions stay behind and wait for the female lions to bring them food. Which was why this male lion stayed in the background during feeding time.
Hmm. I wonder what they catch today?
Come on! Do not keep us waiting people!
Mmm. Looks like the ladies got some goodies now. I guess I can walk over there, slooowlyyy...
Such magnificent animals! And I must say, even though I wish that all animals could live freely in their natural habitats instead of in captivity. The Zoos I visited in Australia were among the best ones I have ever been to. Especially this one, Dubbo Zoo. Because this Zoo and its animal keepers genuinely seemed to care for and about the animals here.
I also really appreciated that the animal keepers held information sessions every day about the particular animal species they were responsible for. In these sessions they talked about how to act if you should ever encounter the specific animal species in the wild. They also shared a bit of history about the animal species and how they managed the animals at the Zoo. So I actually learned a lot about animals in Australia. Like the fact that male lions are lazy. Lol! ;-)
While I was photographing at Kolboda camping in Kalmar the other day. All of a sudden I was very confidently approached by a swaggering cat. He/she wanted to be cuddled, and photographed too. I swear! And how on earth could I not take any photos of this cutie!!! So here they are, a few photos of the swaggering cat at Kolboda camping in Sweden.