Cats of All Sizes

Terrific TigerEarly this week was Tiger Day and I was lucky enough to spend it at the Korkeasaari zoo here in Finland where I saw many big and not-so-big cats.

Peeking TigerThe star of the day was, of course, the tiger. The big male was very accommodating. He sunbathed, splashed in the water, played with his toys and allowed the excited crowd of families and holidaymakers to watch as he enjoyed his meal. His female counterpart was happier to stay hidden away in the cool shade of her own enclosure.

Sleepy Snow LeopardThe snow leopards seemed to have the same idea as the female tiger. The four spotted cats, youngsters born last year, were draped across and under a large rock and seemed to spend the whole day enjoying a cat nap.

In fact many of the other cats at the zoo seemed to be dozing. It was a warm day, and with so many eager people wanting to glimpse them, who can blame these beautiful cats for taking a nap out of sight where it is cool and quiet.

Dignified LynxWe did get glimpses of some of the other cats though. The Lynx stood proudly at the back of its enclosure, watching the people who passed by with disdain. It didn’t seem very interested in having it’s photograph taken!

One of the wild cats took advantage of the bright day to nap in the sun, reminding us very much of our house cats here at home.

We did manage to see the Pallas’s cat. It too was curled up sleeping, but rather than being in the sun it was on a ledge half way up the back of the enclosure where it was almost camouflaged.

Sleeping in the SunAt the end of the day we managed to see a male Asian lion, but unfortunately my camera’s battery had died by that point. That’ll teach me to take so many pictures!

All in all we had a lovely day and really enjoyed seeing all the cats, as well as the other animals of the zoo.

Which is your favourite big (or not so big) cat?

Pallas's CatLove,

Lady Joyful

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I’m a writer, blogger, cook, mum to three fur-babies, and wife to a wonderful man. I also work full-time as a child carer. I have a series of blogs all under the main heading of The Joyful Soul. In these blogs I explore my love of creativity in various ways.

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32 thoughts on “Cats of All Sizes

  1. They are all so gorgeous. The lynx is probably the coolest one of them, with the pointed ears and all. Although Palaces Cats are pretty cool too.

    1. I completely agree with you. It is always sad to see the animals in enclosures, but many zoos contribute greatly to the breeding programmes that help the animals survive. It’s important that zoos have good standards – enough space for the animals, the right kind of diet and things to keep them interested. Thanks for commenting 🙂

    1. That’s very true. Hopefully it doesn’t end up being the case. It is even more amazing to see them in the wild (although preferably from a distance!) Thanks for commenting 🙂

  2. Our favorite big cat is the cougar! There is one that lives along the river behind our house and we catch glimpses of him as he moves down the river at night. He is magnificent and wes loves that wes can see him in the wild.
    Kisses
    Nellie
    PS Tomorrow wes celebrating our 5th blogoversary! Please stops by for the pawty!

  3. I think I love the tigers best. They are so playful, like my cats.

    Everyone should go have a look at the many images and Youtube videos of Big Cat Rescue, look them up. They are doing marvelous work at providing natural habitats for rescued zoo and captive cats as well as advocating for big cats world wide. Their little Sand Cats are precious!!!

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