They say I'm the fastest thing on earth, but when will they let me stretch my legs? by Alan Mattison
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They say I'm the fastest thing on earth, but when will they let me stretch my legs? by 


Taken at Ebeltoft safari in Denmark with a Nikon D700 and a 70-200mm lens with a 17mm tc(340mm)
Evolution in the wild has always meant that survival of the strongest individuals, will continue to strenghten animals ability to exist in nature.Bearing this in mind, it makes you wonder if the zoos of the world are in the process of purpose breeding specimens which suit human needs and don’t necessarily possess any of the survivor instincts needed in nature?
The Cheetah cub is a good illustration of my point.Why does it have to be the fastest thing on earth if it is only allowed a confined area to run in and all of it’s food is served?Speed,survival, hunting ability and instinct will through time disappear in zoos in exactly the same way as man’s degeneration of dogs and other household and agricultural animals already have done
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Comments

  • Heidi Mooney-Hill
    Heidi Mooney-Hillabout 4 years ago

    Alan….how beautiful, I don’t know what to say!

  • then I’ve moved you Heidi! that’s more than enough for me.thank you
    alan

    – Alan Mattison

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 4 years ago

    Lovely shot, Alan. Great facial details. He looks kind of sweet!

  • I thought he looked a bit sad!thank you Dottie!!
    alan

    – Alan Mattison

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosabout 4 years ago

    Just wonderful. Gorgeous pose and colours and I just love your title!

  • thanks BC but I though you were the queen of titles!!!!
    alan

    – Alan Mattison

  • catwalk
    catwalkabout 4 years ago

    great capture …well done

  • thanks very much!!even though the cat’s not walking!!
    alan

    – Alan Mattison

  • Kratos
    Kratosabout 4 years ago

    It would be great if this little guy did get to stretch his legs. They are such amazing creatures.

  • I added a little more after reading this! thanks laurie!!
    alan

    – Alan Mattison

  • MaryinMaine
    MaryinMaineabout 4 years ago

    Stunning photo, Alan! Like Heidi, I just don’t know what to say, either….I wish somehow he could get a chance to run!!

  • I bactually felt the same, so I added a bit more !!thank you Mary
    alan

    – Alan Mattison

  • Denzil
    Denzilabout 4 years ago

    Such a sad look … I’m sure he’s a happy little chap really, but this is a very telling shot Alan …

  • I’m glad you see the sad look in him, I added a little more just to express my thoughts on this!thank you Den!!
    alan

    – Alan Mattison

  • MaryinMaine
    MaryinMaineabout 4 years ago

    Well…..I don’t know if that added info makes me feel any better, or not….I don’t think so…..;0-
    At least , they aren’t going extinct – that would be even worse…

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseabout 4 years ago

    CUTE! CUTE! CUTE!!

  • I thought it might be just down your street Rosie!!thanking you once more!!
    alan

    – Alan Mattison

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