Lulu was an F1 / 50% African Wild Cat x barn tabby. He was born in Kenya, in the Ngong Hills forest. Lulu came with me here to Burundi, on the north End of Lake Tanganyika – dying at the age of 13 of a kidney complication, which could not be treated because of a lack of medical facilities.
Like his African Wildcat relatives, he was most happy when arboreal, and as I caught him in the pictures above and below, loved to walk around on top of the curtain rods. Anything even remotely ‘climbable,’ he would climb.
Being an F1, Lulu exhibited extraordinary hybrid vigour – enhancing characteristics of both his parents, fearing nothing and always open to new challenge – and far more intelligent than my fully domestic cats (2 Burmese).
Why the name ‘lulu’ for a male cat? When I got him we all thought he was a female, and so I named him lu’lu’ – لؤلؤة – which is the word for ‘pearl’ in Arabic – he had little grey ‘pearls’ on his stomach:
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