Wednesday, June 23

What a striking pair of snow leopards...

6 comments:

Raelha said...

Yes, they are. They look so proud too. Though that doesn't stop me from wanting to get my hand in there to give them a good tin chickle.

Mahou has an expression much like the one on the right too. It's normally best to stay away from her then.

Metamatician said...

Hehe. I don't know the answer, but I would guess that's a male and a female, going from left to right. Do you think so? The one on the left seems to have more squared-off features where other's head is a bit more rounded. It's hard to tell though; they don't seem much different in size but I don't know the magnitude of sexual dimorphism in snow leopards - it could be that they don't exhibit much, like their cousins the lions do. Tigers, then, would be somewhere in between.

And yes, I feel almost compelled to reach in and pet them too, but it's probably a feeling worth resisting if we were ever to stumble upon this pair in real life, or any others for that matter.

I wanted to pet Richard Parker too as I read The Life of Pi. What is it with cats? I don't feel that way about any other animals even though I may be really crazy about them, like gibbons say, or chimps or baby orangs. I guess it's the plush fur that cats have, and the air of regalness (an allowable word, according to Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged). We want to give them a scratch to let them know we approve, or maybe to seek their approval. I dunno, cats are a mystery. Maybe they're just pretty!

billybytedoc said...

Beautiful, even if they do work for Apple.

Metamatician said...

Hee hee.

Hans said...

The left is a guy, right is a gal. I know my cats! I wonder who took this picture of the King Leopardo and Queen Leoparda?

Nice looking pair of coats too.

Metamatician said...

Thanks for clearing that up, Hans :)

I don't know who took the picture, but they must have been brave or had a long zoooooom lens.

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