A tiger's fear

This image was taken at the old Moore Park Zoo in Sydney New South Wales Australia. The zoo was at the time, being criticised through the newspapers of the day, for the poor conditions the animals were being kept in. Two tigers were imported one in 1910, then a further male tiger in 1911. Which animal this tiger is, at this stage can't be ascertained. I'm going to look further into their status and see if possible what happened to both big cats. Moore Park was later closed, and replaced with Taronga Park Zoological Gardens which still exists to this day. This is a powerful reminder of a now declining tiger population. This animal was most likely captured in the wild. Perth Zoo in Western Australia did have a record of tiger cubs being born at its facility, but I believe most likely this is one the two male tigers imported by Moore Park Zoo I mentioned earlier.  

Filed for future reference - Cat

"After scolding one's cat one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word. And has filed it for reference."- Charlotte Gray

I can relate to the above quote by Charlotte Gray. I had a bench cat the other day. The kind of cat that waits until one's back is turned ,before she strikes, and raids the unwary packet of sausages we had intended to be our dinner.

I was clawed accordingly yesterday by her hooky claws in my leg. Offences against cat are indeed filed for future reference. In accordance the stupid idiot human will in future avoid leaving sausages on the bench to thaw if they want to avoid the wrath of cat in times yet to come. Ouchy.....!


What Miss Greedy Wants - Miss Greedy gets!

She is greedy very greedy. Likes her bottle does little Miss Lily. A couple of days ago she was weaned. Not impressed at all. I took these photos a couple of weeks ago. It was her bottle time then so she was trying to look extra cute. Now there is no bottle so now it's I want my feed bucket now! Moo every afternoon. She's leaving us soon to go to a new home where she will be very much loved. I guess she will have a calf in a couple of years time. My girls have to be BVD tested before I put them calf. River has had one calf and he was healthy. The Terrorist has yet to be put in calf I've held off for a while because she wasn't big enough to have mated to the bull. She's grown quite a bit in the last few months so now I may consider bringing in the bull once I've had the girls tested. Hope everyone had a great Christmas. We sure did.!

A Rose by any other name

'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.

'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare 1600

A few weeks ago I spotted this gorgeous climbing rose over an arbour outside a heritage villa in Warkworth. I couldn't resist taking some photographs. Hope you like them as much I enjoyed seeing such a beautiful rose. 


Dark Stealth - Mandla the black leopard

When you see him, it's too easy to be taken by his graceful movements, and his stunning colouring. This is Mandla. His name means "The Powerful One". He is the most dangerous big cat at Zion, where I photographed him just before he had his dinner. In the USA, leopards like Mandla are kept as pets. People are too easily taken in by the cute cubs, unscrupulous so called 'breeders' put up for sale, and then try to claim it's for conservation. Selling big cats for pets is NOT conservation. It is for nothing more than profit and for greed. For a few years, that so called 'pet leopard' may seem to be 'tame', but no matter how supposedly tame or appealing , these cats are still wild animals. They are born with the instincts given to them by millions of years of existence. It's in their genetic makeup - and that is to hunt and to kill prey. More than one person, who have foolishly kept leopards as pets in their homes, have either ended up seriously injured, or in same tragic cases dead. 

In New Zealand, you are not allowed to keep leopards like house pets. If you want to have a leopard, then you have to keep it in a MAF approved containment facility with an approved Operator - as in a zoo. That's how it should be. Leopards in the wild are becoming increasingly endangered. If you want to see one, then go to your local zoo. Don't support these greedy profiteering, so called private 'breeders 'who have no interest in the conserving of a species. Leopards are not pets and never should be treated as pets. If you see cute leopard cubs being used as props for photographs for tourists, then be very sad for them. In year or so later on, those same little cubs will be possibly used in canned hunts. It's common in Africa, and it also happens in the USA. So think long and hard about the words I've written. Leopards belong to Mother Nature not to man.