Posted by Kanga.
You knew it would happen, right? A post about stray cats during our vacation is traditional.
We saw this tom three times on our trips up and down the siq (canyon). He clearly has a territory that is his niche. There is a patch of bamboo and a large crack going away from the path area, so there is probably a whole ecosystem that provides for his needs.
Since we were walking out on the second day, we could stop to have a little chat with him.
He was very sweet and very clean (except for his dusty paws). It would appear that he has a pretty cushy life just sitting around, licking himself, and watching the tourists go by.
The cats in this region aren’t Arabian Maus, like our own Oliver and Bert. These cats have shorter legs, shorter spines, and rounder faces. They are very nicely proportioned, medium sized cats.
He even made himself right at home on DaddyBird’s shoulders.
We tore ourselves away and went further up the trail. This little female came running with her tail in the air when she saw us.
She also was happy to get some attention.
Until the dog came…
And she had to take defensive measures.
All the stray cats we’ve encountered in town have been very skittish and defensive. It was nice to encounter these two, who have it pretty good and can afford to be friendly.
If you would like to see all the pictures from our second day at Petra (222 of them) click here.