Not From the Zoo by shepherdmanswife

Not From the Zoo

unless you call our house a zoo with 2 dogs and 3 cats!
This is Inca our Somali who was backlit on our garden fence.

The first Somali cats appeared in the litters of Abyssinians as long-haired kittens. In the 1940s a British breeder named Janet Robertson exported some Abyssinian kittens to Australia, New Zealand and North America. Descendants of these cats occasionally produced kittens with long or fuzzy coats. In 1963, Mary Mailing, a breeder from Canada, entered one into a local pet show. Ken McGill, the show's judge, asked for one for breeding purposes.

An American Abyssinian breeder Evelyn Mague, also received longhairs from her cats, which she named "Somalis". Don Richings, another Canadian breeder, used kittens from McGill, and began to work with Mague. The first Somali recognized as such by a fancier organization was Mayling Tutsuta, one of McGill's cats. As of the late 1970s, the Somali was fully accepted in North America. The new breed was accepted in Europe in the 1980s. By 1991, the breed was broadly (though not universally) accepted internationally.
Info from wikipedia.
Who, me? Well, why not, I know I'm beautiful!
December 13th, 2015  
What a beauty. And she looks so cuddly! Lovely shot.
December 13th, 2015  
Fav. Isn't that a beauty!!!!! Terrific capture.
December 13th, 2015  
a cat I do like - they are striking
not a zoo though Chantal we have 1 dog, 3 snakes, a blue tongue, five spiders and a snail as permanent residents - and at the moment another blue tongue a King parrot and a kookaburra as guests hahahahaha
December 13th, 2015  
A gorgeous beauty --beautifully captured FAV
December 13th, 2015  
I just love the looks they give people. Great capture.
December 13th, 2015  
An exceptional capture of this breed - FAV
December 13th, 2015  
so cat like.
December 13th, 2015  
Such beautiful green eyes!
December 13th, 2015  
Love the back lighting. And I like your idea of a mini-zoo!
December 13th, 2015  
Gorgeous kitty, gorgeous lighting, and interesting history. :)
December 13th, 2015  
Great looking cat, interesting pedigree.
December 13th, 2015  
pam
wow such interesting info on his-her's heritage -beautiful eyes
December 13th, 2015  
Fabulous capture...love the back light which makes her fur look extra soft
December 13th, 2015  
Inca is beautiful and you've captured it well. I love cats having had a chocolate-point Siamese which I loved dearly. FAV for Inca
December 13th, 2015  
backlit magic :)
December 13th, 2015  
The backlighting makes this into such a beautiful shot
December 13th, 2015  
Superb shot
December 13th, 2015  
superb backlighting, lovely soft shot. fav
December 13th, 2015  
Beautiful.
December 13th, 2015  
Beautiful portrait, the eyes are incredibly beautiful. Fav!
December 13th, 2015  
Beautiful cat--love the green eyes. Great shot!
December 13th, 2015  
That kitty is definitely staring you down!
December 13th, 2015  
Wonderful light, love how the green eyes match with the green background.
December 13th, 2015  
Love the light in this
December 13th, 2015  
She is so beautiful, and her eyes are a phenomenal colour.
December 13th, 2015  
Fantastic eyes!
December 13th, 2015  
She is sooo pretty! FAV
December 13th, 2015  
'You'd better make me look as beautiful as I am ' great capture
December 13th, 2015  
Beautiful capture. Great lighting and color tones. a fav
December 13th, 2015  
Beautiful cat
December 14th, 2015  
Awesome picture. Congratulations on making the Trending Page and the PP. Well deserved.
December 14th, 2015  
Lovely glow.
December 14th, 2015  
Beautiful eyes!
December 14th, 2015  
Adorable :)
December 14th, 2015  
Beautiful
December 14th, 2015  
Wow, this is really stunning.
December 14th, 2015  
Wonderful eyes!
December 14th, 2015  
Very pretty cat...does he/she? have the same rather intense personality that most Abyssinians do?
December 14th, 2015  
What a gorgeous kitty! I love those green eyes.
December 15th, 2015  
FAV for this gorgeous girl....she will never have to fend for herself....she is definitely a "protected species"!
December 15th, 2015  
Lovely cat - nice lighting through the ears and fur
December 16th, 2015  
Fav for very beautiful Inca!
December 16th, 2015  
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