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Friday, November 6, 2009

Camera Critters - Shadow Shots - Pet Pride

Make Time for Small Reflections
If you missed it ...
my Peace Globe is in the next post

Little dalmatian
follows Molly everywhere ...
As Aloha grows

bigger and stronger
Molly likes her company
more each time they play.

Click to embiggen for better viewing
... for others participating in Camera Critters, Pet Pride,
Shadow Shot Sunday
at Hey Harriet

A friend sent the following in email
and methinks it appropriate to share today
(even though I did so in Thursday's Peace Post
at Blog Rolls, Bling & Blurbs) as a reminder that
we can each CHOOSE how to respond
to every situation ;-)

The Real Mighty Mouse (or the Peaceful Leopard) !
Seemingly unaware of the beast towering over it, the mischievous rodent grabbed at scraps of meat thrown into the African Leopard's enclosure. But instead of pouncing on the the tiny intruder the 12-year-old leopard, called Sheena, appeared to be afraid of the daring mouse and kept her distance. At one stage she tried to nudge the mouse away with her nose, but the determined little chap carried on chewing away until he was full.

Excuse me? A perturbed Sheena the leopard looks on as a cheeky mouse nibbles her food at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire...

The extraordinary scene was captured by photography student Casey Gutteridge at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire. The 19-year-old, from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, who was photographing the leopard for a course project, was astounded by the mouse's behaviour. He said: 'I have no idea where the mouse came from - he just appeared in the enclosure after the keeper had dropped in the meat for the leopard. 'He didn't take any notice of the leopard, just went straight over to the meat and started feeding himself. 'But the leopard was pretty surprised - she bent down and sniffed the mouse and flinched a bit like she was scared. 'In the meantime the mouse just carried on eating like nothing had happened.

...but even a gentle shove does not deter the little creature from getting his fill... 'It was amazing, even the keeper who had thrown the meat into the enclosure was shocked - he said he'd never seen anything like it before.' Project owner Jackie James added: 'It was so funny to see - Sheena batted the mouse a couple of times to try to get it away from her food. 'But the determined little thing took no notice and just carried on.' Sheena was brought in to the Santago Rare Leopard Project from a UK zoo when she was just four months old. She is one of 14 big cats in the private collection started by Jackie's late husband Peter in 1989.

...so the mouse continued to eat the leopard's lunch and show the leopard who was boss ... (or perhaps the lion decided to make a friend by sharing).

See my other 2009 Peace Globes at
Happily Retired Gal
Sacred Ruminations
Blog Rolls, Bling and Blurbs

Small Reflections ... Smile Back

Thought for Today
"It takes a long time to grow an old friend." John Leonard


Ari_1965 said...

Love the top right. Those are two happy dogs.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Does Molly like the attention from Aloha---get aggravated???? Aloha seems to have TONS of energy...

Great collage..

Janie said...

What a cute pair. It's fun to watch them play.

George said...

Aloha is certainly growing. It looks as if they are having a lot of fun. I just wish I had some of that energy!

Pamela said...

so irresistibly cute

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful shots and mosaic of Aloha and Molly. they look like they are having fun.

I really enjoyed the story about Sheena and the mouse. What an amazing story.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful leopard story, and cute photos. I would have expected the mouse to join the big cat for lunch in an entirely different way.

i beati said...

how special and I love the doggy buds sandy

Oskar said...

They look like they are having a blast!

Anonymous said...

Why can't we ALL get along like that? We could truly learn from animals if we'd just pay attention. I love this post... EXTRAORDINARY!

Carletta said...

Love the center shot of the collage - so sweet!
I saw this email someplace yesterday - I loved it.

Quilt Works said...

I love our motages! They are always great photos and nicely laid out!

"Moonlight becomes you" is my contribution!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Molly and Aloha look they are becoming fast friends, love the little cheeky mouse.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

HRG: What a neat story of the brave little mouse. Aloha is a cute Dalmation.

Quilt Works said...

I came back fro repeat visit! Great photos!

A Wild Thing said...

When I see a dalmatian, there is one thing I always ask myself...will the owners be able to handle this beautiful creature...stunningly beautiful,loyal, great family pet...but loves to run at large...good luck!

LadyFi said...

Love the playing dogs! And that must be one hungry mouse not to be scared of a leopard.

Sylvia K said...

They look as though they have so much fun together! Love to watch the dogs around here play and we have a whole neighborhood full! Have to agree with LadyFi, that had to be one hungry mouse!!


Sylvia, Sam and Mojo

•°°• IcyBC •°°• said...

Beautiful mosaic of adorable dogs! I also enjoy the Mighty Mouse story!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Said the wee mousie,
“I’ll eat this leopard’s lunch—she’ll
watch as I munch.”

My Shadow Shot

Patti said...

So, Molly is showing Aloha the ropes, huh? They look so happy playing together. And the weather in California looks so nice!

distresseddamsel said...

That little mouse deserves a 15-minute standing ovation for its bravery. And I mean bravery. For her part, Sheena also deserves to be applauded loudly for her outstanding display of tolerance and kindness. Learning from her, she showed us that even beasts are capable of acting humane. As for the mouse, well...fear can be overcome by a growling stomach.

Suburban Girl said...

The leopard story is fascinating!

Unknown said...

Your dogs are always adorable!! And I love that leopard and mouse!

i said...

Aaww what an adorable pair!

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