Just getting back from a truly amazing trip to South Africa. I have much to write about and reflect on, but for now, I’m just going to get some pics up. I took thousands. Literally. So I’ll just hit you with the greatest hits and break it down into small parts.
These first pics are from a place called The Lion Park, where I had some pretty cool experiences. If you ever find yourself in Pretoria, for about $75.00 US, you can spend an hour with an adult cheetah. Go for a walk, feed him some tasty raw beef treats and obviously, take hundreds of pictures.
This is Masai. He’s an adult male.
Like most cats, he loved to be petted. His purr was LOUD. Dude sounded like he had a built in subwoofer. In some African cultures, the purr of large predatory cats is thought to have healing powers. I didn’t get healed of anything though. That I know of.
“Please God. Please. Don’t let him chew on my face.”
Is he photogenic or what?
I’m pretty sure he was getting ready to sprint here, but the trainer distracted him with a beefy treat. Cheetahs have binocular vision and can see things miles away.
“Awwww… Who’s a good boy? Who’s a big scary kitty cat?”
He’s tall when he stretches out! Cheethas actually don’t climb though. Their claws are not retractable, which is what helps them attain their incredible speed. Like permanent built-in cleats!!
Thanks for checking out my pics. I’ll be posting some more, bit by bit. As always, comments are welcome!