Aby-a-Day – 8 April: Siberian Tigers at Borås Djurparken (Thursday Things)

This is the last installment of the series about the big cats at Borås Djurparken. This week, it’s the Tigers’ turn.

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Unfortunately, unlike the other cats, the Tigers were…underwhelming.

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But at least we got to see them at all. We did not get to see the African Wild Dogs or the Wolves at all that day.

Aby-a-Day – 1 April: Adult Cheetahs at Borås Djurparken (Thursday Things)

Continuing >the series about the big cats at Borås Djurparken. Last week, I focused on the Cheetah kittens, and this week we’ll look at the adult Cheetahsthey have at the park.

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I don’t remember how many adults there were in the enclosure; I think there were two adults to the several kittens. I think it may have been two mothers with their combined litters.

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Interestingly, the adult Cheetahs didn’t really interact with the kittens all that much.

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They just walked on past the kittens, staying in their own bubble.

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I love this shot. You can see the muscles in the hind legs; they are like coiled springs. The power of the Cheetahs' speed is obvious.

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The park also had an informational Cheetah display with information on wild Cheetahs’ territories and life styles.

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There was also an articulated Cheetah skeleton. You can really see how big their carnassials compared to the rest of the skull.

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Cheetahs are the only cats whose claws don’t retract. But look how heavy and thick their claws are – they give them excellent traction when they’re chasing down prey.

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Still, as interesting as the insides are, looking at the outsides of the Cheetahs is a lot better.

Aby-a-Day – 26 Mars: Running with the cheetahs (Photoshop Friday)

I added the cats to the Cheetas at Boräs Djurparken. Of course, Lorelai running in their enclosure was a no-brainer.

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Of course, when we saw the Cheetahs, they weren’t running at all…they were mostly just lounging around. Which Alfred, in particular, excels at.

Aby-a-Day – 25 Mars: Cheetah kittens at Borås Djurparken (Thursday Things)

Continuing the series about the big cats at Borås Djurparken (which, admittedly, I totally forgot about last week). This week, I have a little more about the Cheetah kittens they have at the park.

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It was a little hard to tell how many kittens (I refuse to call baby cats “cubs”) there were; I think there were four or five.

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I’m also not sure how old they were.

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Compared to the mother Cheetah, I would say they were a few months old.

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They were wicked cute, though.

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Most of them were lounging out in the open. Look at this guy, just chilling.

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One interesting thing I did not know about Cheetah kittens is that when they speak…they chirp like little birds!

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I love Cheetah kittens, with their fluffy fur.

Aby-a-Day – 11 Mars: More about the Borås Lions (Thursday Things)

Continuing last week’s post about the Lions, I’m sharing more of the big cat photos I took at Borås Djurparken. This week, I have a little more about the Lionesses and Lions at the park.

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The Lions have a house they can shelter in.

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The Lion and a couple of Lionesses wandered over to the house and jumped in.

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…And then this happened.

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Afterwards, they just all hung out like it was just business as usual.

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And then, several minutes later…

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…He did it again!

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I’m not even sure if that’s the same Lioness.

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Although, I gotta say, those two creepers watching are…interesting.

Aby-a-Day – 4 Mars: Lions at the Borås Djurpark (Thursday Things)

Continuing last week’s post about the Lionesses, I’m sharing more of the big cat photos I took at Borås Djurparken. This week it’s the Lion.

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Isn’t he handsome?

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I’ve always been fascinated with Lions’ manes. No other male cats have them; I mean, sure, tomcats have jowls and other cats have heavier neck fur, but no other cats have the manes Lions do.

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Have you ever wondered why that is?

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Since Lions are the only cats that live in large groups, they are also the cats that fight each other the most often. The Lions’ manes evolved to protect their throats, so when the males fight, it’s not as easy for them to land a fatal bite on each other. Also, the size and colour of the mane conveys strength to rivals and health and virility to the females.

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Although this guy doesn’t look like much of a fighter. He looks more like Izaak when he’s snuggled up sleeping next to Dashiell or Alfred.

Aby-a-Day – 26 Februari: Where there’s food, there’s Freddy (Photoshop Friday)

Apparently, posting about the big cats at Borås Djurparken inspires me with Photoshop ideas. I woke up this morning with this idea, based on the time Alfred climbed up a tree. Because of course Freddy would fight a Lynx for food.

Aby-a-Day – 25 Februari: Lionesses at the Borås Djurpark (Thursday Things)

Continuing last week’s post I’m sharing more of the big cat photos I took at Borås Djurparken. This week I’m sharing one of the most Aby-looking cats: the Lionesses.

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See? Just like Abys.

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This is about a ton of cuddle puddle.

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Always room for one more!

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I love the one using her sister as a pillow in the back.

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Finally, one girl decides she wants to go on walkabout.

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They even walk like big Abys.

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I just love watching them…I took a lot more photos of them than would really fit into one post. In fact, I’ll be posting the boys next week.

Aby-a-Day – 19 Februari: Just lion around (Photoshop Friday)

I was working on more of the photos from Borås Djurparken today and had an idea…

Aby-a-Day – 18 Februari: Eurasian Lynx at the Borås Djurpark (Thursday Things)

Back in 2019, we went to the Borås Djurpark. They have a marvellous collection of big cats, and I took a ton of photos. And…I am just now getting through them all. I’ll share them on Thursdays for the next few weeks. They have Lions, Tigers, and Cheetahs, but I am going to start out with the one cat native to Sweden: the Eurasian Lynx

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We were extremely lucky to have gotten to the Lynx area just as they were being fed. The zoo is very much about enrichment of the animals’ lives, so feeding the Lynxes involves hoisting a hunk of meat ten feet up a tree so the Lynx can climb up and get it.

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This Lynx leapt up the tree so quickly, even my fast camera couldn’t capture him in midair! These two photos are sequential, that’s how fast they are.

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It was interesting to watch the Lynx work out how to get the food.

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Honestly, it was very reminiscent of the cats approaching their daily chicken necks. Even though they know what it is, they spend some time sniffing it before actually taking a bite.

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Then a little lick and nibble…

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…and then, the grab.

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GOT IT!

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I wish you could see the meat in his mouth…typical cat, head turned the wrong way.

Aby-a-Day – May 29: Inside every fluffy kitten is the soul of a tiger (Cartoon Tuesday)

This was inspired by the Leap Day photo of Jacoby jumping off the bookshelf, and a photo of a cougar jumping off a cliff in almost the exact same pose.

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One of Jake’s favourite toys is a deer tail I got for him at a flyfishing shop, too.

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

Aby-a-Day – Day 69 of 365

Another resident of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa that we really enjoyed watching was Rose the Caracal. We watched her for a while (and I filmed her with my Flip Mino).

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She was quite active; while a lot of the cats were napping in the warm sun or camped out near their food bowls waiting for dinner, Rose was pacing back and forth in her enclosure.

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And, once again, we were reminded of one of our kitties back home.

Aby-a-Day – Day 68 of 365

Last week when we were in Florida, we went on a tour of Big Cat Rescue. It was a super gorgeous day, and of course, the cats were amazing to watch. One of our favourites, unsurprisingly, were the cougars.

One of the cougars, Orion was lying in the sunshine, just grooming himself.

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It really made us miss our Abys back home.

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Especially Jacoby.