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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Mind The Drop!

Cats may be well known for being able to land on their feet, but it all depends on the height they fall from. Too close to the ground and they can't right themselves; too hign up and the impact may shatter their limbs.

So a group of stunned visitors watched aghast as three out of our four tigers were dicing with either death, or a spectacular act of gymnastics. Mum Melati was on their high platform. Dad JaeJae decided to join her, having a good sniff around her rear end. They'd already had a go at mating. Well, he had. She was not happy or receptive. Then son Achilles decided to join them, having watched with curiosity about what was going on.

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Meanwhile Karis was making her way on firm ground towards the other side of the enclosure.

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There she did something I have never seen her do before. She went up to the glass and stared through it at a woman crouching down and putting her hand on the glass at the cub's level. They stayed transfixed by one another for ages.

The woman was a visitor from mum Melati's home zoo in Perth, Australia, where she used to connect with Melati in the same way. Who could have guessed that the little daughter would respond to the same person in the same way?

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Tug O' War

On Wednesday I was due for my latest nipple tattoo session at St Thomas', one of the country's most eminent hositals, home of the Florence Nightingale Museum.

Sadly, they don't seem able to put surgical tattooist appointments on to their system. I was not the only person there who had experience of making a long journey in vain.

 So I decided to take myself off to see the cubs. I knew I had four days of building work coming up, starting today, so my opportunities were slight if I didn't take this chance.

To begin with, they were a bit subdued, positioning themselves in a place where they thought there might be food coming up soon.

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Mum Melati was also rather lethargic. Rumour is that she and JaeJae have been mating, and she might have become rather prematurely pregnant. Cubs are usually nearer two years than eight months when mum mates again.

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The kind keepers had given the youngsters a length of sacking to play with. They seemed to find it the best toy ever, and there was a mighty battle for possession.

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Sunday, March 05, 2017

The Thirteenth Floor

So talented, playing two completely different characters so convincingly.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Back to the Stripey Beauties

I haven't been back to the zoo since my operation, and I was missing the cubs, knowing they would be growing so big and I was not there to see it. So I went on Friday, my first big outing since surgery, and tiring oit was too. But worth it. I'm posting as many of the pictures as possible with few captions, just so I cn download them on to my iPad and share them with my friends in their best format.

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Daughter showing off to dad
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Boy in smelly corner
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Dad joins in the fun
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Girl joins boy in smelly corner
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Best cub picture yet
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Girl stalks boy
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Mum emerges and goes to the smelly corner
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The Taking of Pelham 123

Oh dear, dead again.

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Sunday, February 05, 2017

The Player

Sorry for the long absence. I'm recovering from my shoulder replacement and too much time on the computer or tablet makes my arm ache. The operation went well, but after that everything seemed to be governed by incompetence or indifference. I had a lovely single room with private bath, which gave them the perfect opportunity to ignore me. I've just lodged the complaint the surgeon has encouraged me to make. Meanwhile, here's an oldie in which he meets an untimely death once again.  photo ThePlayer22.jpg

Wednesday, January 04, 2017


I finished off the old year and began the new with zoo visits of course. How could I resist? on Friday I'm due to have my shoulder surgery. Travelling on public transport will be a problem for a while and driving, even without the congestion charge, would be a no-no for up to 8 weeks.

The cubs are getting so big, people kept thinking there were three of them (including their mother). Some failed to notice the family jewels on JaeJae and kept calling him the mother!

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But anyone seeing him acting as the caregiver could be forgiven for their mistake.

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The cubs played happily on both days.

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Fake eye spots and stripey backs. Ahhh!

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Too much play makes Achilles a very tired boy.

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But sister Karis bravely continues to attack the smelly sack.

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Finally she falls asleep with mum Melati

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Achilles sleeps on.

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When the keepers are setting out the "come in for the night" feed, Melati emerges to wait. She can't help but lick her lips.

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JaeJae literally climbs the wall.

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The lionesses are letting their new man Bhanu gradually closer.

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They know how to relax.

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2016 was the 90th anniversary of Winnie-The-Pooh. The TV programme celebrating this occasion featured JaeJae as NOT a tigger, prowling rather than bouncing, then being attacked by decidedly bouncy tigger cubs. They spent hours filming it but only used about 30 seconds.

And yesterday was stock-taking day at the zoo. As the local paper said, it was fortunately very easy to account for all the tigers.

For those counting smaller, fastly flitting creatures like fish, it must have been a nightmare.

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