Though I would love that all big cats were living in the wild – I do know that “the wild” isn’t there the way it used to be. I appreciate good facilities that try to give the big cats a chance to live comfortably and us the chance to see their personalities.
This past weekend I went to the Miami zoo and was privileged to watch an encounter at the Jaguar enclosure that definitely reminded me of my little versions back home.
Some keepers walked by behind the scenes and the Jaguar LEPT to his feet and dashed over to the gate and started chattering to them. They answered back “no, no, not yet we are just working”…
The Jaguar didn’t agree and began to pace and talk to them. I could imagine him saying “now, right Nooooowwww”.
They continued to ignore him – but he kept his hopes high.
When they left, he hurled himself on the ground and made snarling grunting snorts for a while. Just NOT fair.
Nothing like my little kitties at all. (ok, a lot like… 🙂 )