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Cats of Cyprus
08-OCT-2012 Steve Morris

Cats of Cyprus

Paphos, Cyprus

Cyprus is full of cats and this little kitten was hiding part way up a palm tree.
According to research conducted by JD Vigne, et al. the oldest example of a domesticated cat may be found in Cyprus. In 2004, archaeologists working at the Neolithic site of Shillourokambos, uncovered carefully interred remains of a cat along side human remains and decorative artifacts. Examination showed that a small pit or grave had been deliberately dug out, and the body of the cat was placed in it, then rapidly covered. The cat's skeleton predates Egyptian depictions of cats by 4,000 years or more

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bill friedlander28-Oct-2012 01:39
A great hiding place and a lovely pose! A fine view of the markings. V
Alain Boussac21-Oct-2012 16:35
Incredible ! V.
Tom LeRoy21-Oct-2012 08:14
An amazing find, never have seen something like this. A superb shot. V
an nguyen21-Oct-2012 03:41
Excellent find .
When I travel to Greece and the isles , so many cats wandering around ,
J. Scott Coile21-Oct-2012 02:26
Strange perch for sure.
Marcia Colelli21-Oct-2012 01:44
Very cute find. Well seen. V
Hank Vander Velde21-Oct-2012 01:02
Well seen, great image and good info Steve.
peterjay4520-Oct-2012 22:00
Well seen and photographed, Steve! Interesting facts also.
Peter Stahl20-Oct-2012 20:54
Blends in so well. Nice find and excellent info!
Helen Betts20-Oct-2012 19:48
What a marvelous find, Steve! Excellent capture and thanks for the interesting information as well. V.
mart s20-Oct-2012 17:36
well seen. looks comfy in there..
Graeme20-Oct-2012 17:15
How fascinating Steve. Great composition and info.BV
marie-jose wolff20-Oct-2012 17:14
he found a good place, not to be disturbed in his sleep! V
Blandine Mangin20-Oct-2012 17:10
very sweet ! v
globalgadabout20-Oct-2012 17:04
mesmerizing image...the cat's markings seem to complement the palm's complex patterns...V
zyziza20-Oct-2012 16:55
Agree with Ceya. BV!
Ceya20-Oct-2012 16:41
Sweet dreams! What a history this little kitten has.. Rhodes is another place full of cats. V
settler20-Oct-2012 16:28
safe from dogs..well spotted..V!
Pierre20-Oct-2012 15:41
Un site splendide pour se reposer et des informations tres interessantes, une prise de vue formidable! V
Cathryn Gallacher20-Oct-2012 15:14
What a wonderful and unusual shot. It is one of my favourite cat shots ever.
Mary Bowles20-Oct-2012 14:40
What a remarkable find.
It seems the frond is just the size and shape for this wee one to have a nap.
Your comment on the history of one of our favourite pets is most interesting, too.
Jim Coffman20-Oct-2012 14:32
Who would ever believe you would find a cat resting in this palm tree! What a great find and well captured,Steve.
Anitta Vuorisola20-Oct-2012 14:28
What a great hiding and sleeping place! Such a lovely capture!
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