This is one of Helmi Flick’s cat group specials. They are her trademark, almost. Their success is dependent on Ken Flick getting the cats into position and Helmi timing the moment when she fires the camera shutter. These are fleeting moments as you can imagine. The frozen image does not tell the story. There is a lot of action and activity by people to capture one cat moment. I have deliberately not disclosed the type of cat being discussed in the title because the history of the picture dictates that.
It is on Facebook, illegally, and Facebook members were speculating what these cats are. One person thought they were ocelots. It would be totally impossible to get 6 ocelots together in a studio and then photograph them like this. The ocelot is a very intense, small to medium sized wild cat. Even domesticated ocelots (there are some, I believe) could not be wrangled into position like these cats.
These gorgeous creatures are Bengal cats. They look as if they are high quality and they may be 3rd generation or something like that rather then 4th or 5th generation, which are called SBT cats meaning “Stud Book Tradition”. Their markings are very pure and striking and very reminiscent of the wild cat ancestor/father the Asian leopard cat.
An interesting (for me) aspect of this picture is that it is on the Facebook website in violation of Helmi’s copyright. Facebook is no better than Pinterest when it comes to almost ignoring copyright. If you want to complain to Facebook you have to be the holder of the copyright. This is very poor because it is usual for an agent acting for the holder of the intellectual property to be allowed to make an application. Facebook’s policy is restrictive. Facebook does want the bother of complaints.
They are not truly bothered about breaches of copyright it appears, despite saying things to the contrary. There are massive amounts of copyright violations on Facebook. I fear for the legal concept of copyright. I think it is being eroded (dying?) thanks to Facebook and Pinterest. And the big media sites want that as it facilitates their business.