Photo of the Week – Purrfect Petra

Petra Cat

A regal pose in front of the Treasury in Petra

Petra’s modern day inhabitants are cats.  They lurk around every monument as if they own the place.  In many places they seem to blend in to their surroundings with their orange fur; the same color as the buildings.  They are pros at ‘working the crowd'; prancing around purring to get tourists attention and hopefully some food.  Mots of the time it works.  I watch tourists pull out bread and cheese from their bags and the cats would do figure eights around their feet purring as loud as they can to get attention.    It’s as if they take turns in the heavily touristed areas around the Treasury and Siq, and then when their shift is over, they  slink off to their secret quiet spots for a at nap.  These cats know exactly what they are doing and they are a large part of Petra; therefore I felt it was important to capture them.  Enjoy this photo documentary on the cats of Petra…meow….

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High Place of Sacrifice Petra Cat

High Place of Sacrifice

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Inside th Tombs

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In the Siq

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The Treasury

Petra Cat

Petra Cat Nap

Petra Cat

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11 Comments so far

  1. Our foster kitty was just adopted yesterday — thanks for the kitty fix :)

  2. Love the Petra cat nap.

  3. Akila says:

    Lovely photos, Sherry! It seems appropriate that the cats would rule over Petra, for some reason.

  4. Rubin says:

    wow, that’s intense. Surprisingly diverse population of cats it seems like too.

  5. Dalene says:

    I want ALL of these kitties!!! What an awesome set of pictures! That cat nap picture is my fave.

  6. I’m always “that person” who likes to pet and play with stray animals when we travel. When petting a kitty in the Colosseum it almost bit me (whoops), but I remain undeterred. 😛

    The second to the last photo is just cuteness overload!

  7. Amy says:

    Love your kitty shots! It brings back sad memories of cats at Petra for me, though. We were walking past a shop and I kept hearing a cat meow. It sounded distressed, which made me distressed. I realized the cat was trapped in a bag. The shopowner saw my distress and told me he was relocating the cat because it kept eating the chips in his shop and that I should worry, it would be fine. I still regret not going to free the poor kitty.

  8. Rebecca says:

    Petra is one of the most magnificent places in this unique. like the pics although don’t do justice to this great place!

  9. Melvin says:

    Nice one! I’ve noticed the one or other cat, but haven’t thought of taking pics of it like you have! Great idea & great shots!

  10. Deb says:

    Great idea for a photo story Sherry! So cute!

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