Along the Turkish Riviera the coastal city of Anatalya is home to resorts and ancient monuments. The city is awash in history, luxury, poverty, and its own special charm. A regional powerhouse for thousands of years, it also has a wonderful old harbor surrounded by cliff top fortifications. Still, the fortress walls aside, one of the local fishing vessels had its own security system. This girl – on what appears to be the “Heya” was rather anxious about the absence of her owner/captain. While I’m sure she was no-doubt friendly, she was also quite attentive and made sure that those of us lining the harbor docks did’t so much as consider trying to step onto her master’s boat. I can only imagine that she was quite the intrepid fisherwomandog.
Recently I had the opportunity to spend a little time nose-to-nose with this mother Caracal. Caracals are a type of mid-sized wild cat which are easily identified by the black tufts of fur at the end of their ears. This has historically led to a number of nicknames including the Persian, Egyptian and African Lynx. While not actually a species of Lynx, they are fast, agile, and incredibly graceful. The female Caracal you see in the photo above was just inches (and one sturdy piece of glass) away from me at the Copenhagen Zoo. She recently had several adorable kittens (additional photo here) which she decided I had spent enough time around. After her not-so-gentle warning/snapping this photo I decided to back off and leave them to their nap. Have you ever seen a Caracal? What did you think?
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