With the new year upon us, I look back at the animals I brought here from Kenya. That included: 3 cats, 2 dogs, my 2 horses, and a van-load of Alpine and Boer breeding goats for our restocking and herd upgrading program. But here, I want to look just at the cats – Lulu, Boy-boy and Binty and those who followed them.
Binty and Boy-boy Burmese cats from Karen, Kenya, were devoted to each other – but also quite friendly with people. They are sitting in front of a hand-made cloth from Naivasha, Kenya.
Lulu, the third cat who came with me, was a 50% East African Wild Cat (Felis lybica). Far too intelligent for a cat, he not only reigned over the other felids, but also over the dogs, visitors, and others who visited.
Wild Cat in South Africa, flipping over in order to catch a pigeon – 1.8 m. high. I never saw Lulu perform this movement, but he did have others of a spectacular nature. Source: Telegraph
Sadly, these three kitties died over the last several years, having lived out interesting and productive kitty-lives in Kenya and here in Burundi. Followed, however, by three other moggies:
Bébé came to me as a baby, from a friend who never returned to collect him. He’s still with us – now living in the village, with the goats and guard dogs. A very scrappy cat.
Then, more recently, I was gifted with three kits – a boy and 2 girls.
The boy went over to the village to live with Bébé, the guard dogs and the goats – looking out for rats and so forth – while the 2 girls (above) stayed with me; Binty ii and Lulu ii.
Binty specializes in getting into trouble, and is a charmer. Little Lulu ii disappeared a few weeks ago and we’ve not yet seen her. But are hoping she will return.