A cheetah at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. She had just finished sprinting after a lure, so she was tired, but purring like crazy - I think she was very appreciative of the large bowl of raw meat she received after her running demonstration! Cat species can either purr or roar, which means lions are unable to purr. Her purr was quite different from that of a typical house-cat and very fun to hear!
Very nice portrait!
The cat is like WTF?
Awww! It looks seriously surprised! "Whaaaaaat??? Huuuuh??????"
That's what I thought when I saw the photo. She was saying something like, "What, no more meat?! How dare you!"
Yes! Purring? Cool! I have to check it out on Youtube! "Purring cheetah"
Oh man, I just did that search and the first video that popped up for me is absolutely adorable....
LOUD purring! IŽd love to pet one! As long as their belly is full of meat, IŽd be fine!
I would've loved to as well. The trainer said it's actually illegal to pet one... and also said that their fur is quite wiry, instead of soft like a house-cat. I still wanted to go hug the cheetah and pet her though, especially since the cheetah was licking her trainer like crazy and seemed to want some attention.
Beautiful shot! The sprinting must have been a sight to see!
Thank you! It was really impressive having an animal run past you at 70 mph a few feet away. They told us that cheetahs can go from 0 to 40 mph in three steps - amazing animals!
Just the right moment. Nice one!