My thanks to Dorothy Wandruff – dw – for telling me about these pictures of cats. There is one amongst this group that encouraged me to create the title that I did. Also dw made the point. This is the picture:
It must be a chilly climate (is that snow in the background?) and the setting might, therefore, be the Andes mountain range and the country could be Chile as that country has the Andes running through part of it. It is a totally charming picture of a cat and child. It is very natural and I love naturalness. I wonder if this is normal for a child or adult; to carry a domestic cat around like this. I would be pretty certain that domestic cats in South America are often semi-domestic according Western culture.
If it is the Andes, they are part of the area of distribution of a small wild cat species, the Andean Mountain cat. This is an endangered and rather tame wild cat that looks like a domestic cat.
Here is a selection of some more international pictures of cats, which includes a thumbnail of the picture above. If you click on them you’ll see the picture in large format.
This is a particularly nice collection with a mountain and international theme. The picture of the soldier feeding the kitten is very touching and sad.
A totally overlooked aspect of the Middle Eastern wars over the past 15 years or so is the suffering that they have caused to companion animals. Some of the American troops have in the past rescued cats and dogs and on occasion had them shipped home. This is fantastically dedicated work.
I’d like people to remember the loss of animals as well as people in these wars. And the fact that we started them. This is human war. The animals are innocent victims as usual.
Note: I have decided that the pictures are in the public domain but I do not have the names of the authors. If you are the author and/or If I am incorrect please tell me and I will take immediate steps to rectify the problem. Thank you.