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Working with cubs and juvenile cats – especially in the tropical heat of Thailand – there is and initial period of activity where their inquisitive nature has them interested in me when I first show up, followed by a longer period of rest once the novelty of my presence has worn off. This isn’t to say they are doing cartwheels of joy or jump through hoops to greet me then immediately fall into a deep slumber soon as they’re bored, but the sessions I have usually run in cycles of fleeting, wide awake opportunities sandwiched between longer spells of downtime, with me patiently waiting in hope them wanting to engage with me once again.
I’m perfectly happy staying close by, simply watching these beautiful felines while they’re taking a breather, observing the way the walls of their chests and stomachs expand and contract as their breathing and heart rate settles from their physical exertions only moments before. And sometimes I see moments like these where the cat has evidently completely forgotten I’m there, enabling me to capture a frame that says almost nothing about it’s predatory nature, instead it seems to speak volumes in favour of the belief I hold that these animals are not only able to feel emotions but also have the capacity to dream and even consider thoughts of their own.
Of course most people would likely discard the idea of animals being able to think straight out of hand, while others might argue vehemently such a notion is completely ridiculous. But just because we cannot figure out how, it doesn’t mean that animals such as these are not capable of thinking on some kind of level. And as long as I have freedom over my own thoughts I will continue to believe that they can …… or unless someone can prove to me otherwise beyond any question of doubt!
The subject you see here is one of a pair of eight-month old (at the time) sister Siberian aka Amur tigers (Panthera tigris altaica) I’ve been very fortunate to share time with during my visits to Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Chonburi, Thailand.
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January 26th, 2014
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