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And The Fur Flew --- !!!!

By AlanBW
Another animal photograph from me, so something way outside the comfort zone - I don't know how it will be received but I like it and wanted it in my pf. The above image was taken on Koh Kret, an island in the Chao Praya river around 20 km from Bangkok, in the province of Nonthaburi. Compared to the swirling maelstrom of Bangkok, Koh Kret has the look and feel of a rustic village, with wooden shacks leaning against palm trees and the occasional still-used but dilapidated temple. Even the Police Station is a wooden shack on stilts! Take away the modern signs and the occasional motor cycle and you will find that in some parts of the island a visit to Koh Kret is like stepping back in time.

When I came upon the above scene at first I thought that there was some serious amorous intent, but a closer look revealed that the cat above had sunk its teeth into the scruff of the neck of the other cat and was really applying pressure! The victim twisted and turned and managed to get free, whereupon an almighty battle took place before the assilant above turned tail and fled, with the ginger cat hurtling after it in hot pursuit. It was all over in less than thirty seconds, but it certainly caught the attention of passers-by! There were many cats around Koh Kret, a lot of them living wild and I suspect that these two were doing so as well. Their dispute may well have been territorial.

As for the island itself, Koh Kret was formed around 1722, when a canal was built as a shortcut to bypass a bend in the Om Kret branch of the Chao Phraya river. As the canal was widened several times, the section cut off eventually became a separate island. The island is home to descendants of the Mon tribes who were prevalent in central Thailand from the 6th to the 10th centuries. These charming people have retained their distinct identity with their style of Buddhism and also their pottery. Ko Kret is well known as a centre for the ‘kwan arman’ style of Mon pottery, which is basically baked unglazed red clay decorated with elaborate patterns. Another feature of the island is the amazing array of traditional Thai and Mon confectionary, which is always popular with the many visitors.

Tags: River General Cats Island Thailand Fighting Wildlife and nature Koh kret Chao praya

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Herge88 Plus
14 40 6 England
31 Mar 2008 10:29AM
Well spotted and a great capture, it doesn't look like the ginger cat is in pain but I guess he must have been.

Best Matt
ChristineL 16 39 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 10:44AM
Glad he got his comeuppance, the bully.
A super capture Alan,
challicew 13 1 1 South Africa
31 Mar 2008 10:48AM
This is a great photograph Alan with really good detail. The ginger looks as if she is just waiting for the gap to flee, but the other cat really does look like a meanie. I wonder if the other cat was male?
AlanBW 15 20 England
31 Mar 2008 10:54AM
Many thanks Matt, Chris and Challice, very much appreciated - Alan
Milla 13 7 2 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 11:04AM
The ginger kitty melts me away.
Really good detail here, and your presentation is great, as always.
Nettles 13 England
31 Mar 2008 11:18AM
What a brilliant capture. The poor ginger cat certainly looks in the wars and the underdog/cat, glad he managed to get his own back.
Super shot, well seen and taken.
AlanBW 15 20 England
31 Mar 2008 11:29AM
Thanks Milla and Annette, much appreciated - Alan
31 Mar 2008 12:16PM
Excellent image Alan, nice account of events,
31 Mar 2008 12:33PM
nice detail
lonely_oryx 13 61 55 England
31 Mar 2008 12:48PM
Great fun
VintageRed 15 15 1 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 12:58PM
So that's what they mean by a 'cat fight'. You've caught the action well with this one.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2397 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 12:58PM
Probably territorial, I see the same thing in my back garden which seems to mark the frontier between two feline empires! Excellent capture.
AlanBW 15 20 England
31 Mar 2008 12:59PM
Many thanks Fred, Peter, John and Nick - Alan
GalleryGirl 13 4 2 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 1:13PM
Well captured - awwww poor little thing. Hopefully no damage to either.
Marilyn x
AlanBW 15 20 England
31 Mar 2008 2:12PM
Many thanks Moira and Marilyn - Alan
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
31 Mar 2008 2:22PM
A big chunk he has taken

RockArea 14 18 3 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 2:58PM
You've caught the moment well and it is a fine account of the difficulty of life for cats anywhere in the world.

AlanBW 15 20 England
31 Mar 2008 3:25PM
Many thanks Peter and David - Alan
Mjhearne 14 432 4 Scotland
31 Mar 2008 3:45PM
Well captured Alan, I am a great cat lover, and this disturbs me slightly, however it happens and you have a great capture here!!

Well done

Silverzone 13 2 England
31 Mar 2008 4:07PM
Nice action shot. Lovely part of the world to explore. Sylvia
31 Mar 2008 4:09PM
Love the title & timing! It's a shame that thestray cats aren't castrated.
User_Removed 15 32 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 4:15PM
A couple of real wild cats! Smashing grab-shot - Jeff
peugeot406 14 7 1 England
31 Mar 2008 4:20PM
Great capture, well spotted
Libby_M 14 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 4:27PM
great clear sharp detailed shot
well taken
AlanBW 15 20 England
31 Mar 2008 4:29PM
Many thanks Matthew, Sylvia, Mia, Jeff, Brian and Libby - Alan
MickyMc 13 8 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 4:34PM
Poor ginger but very interesting
31 Mar 2008 4:40PM
Nicely caught...
Cormy 13 3 England
31 Mar 2008 4:53PM
Fine shot Alan.
AlanBW 15 20 England
31 Mar 2008 4:59PM
Many thanks Alan, Chris and Mavis - Alan
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
31 Mar 2008 4:59PM
A terrific action shot - Nature red in tooth and claw! You've caught the drama superbly, glad to hear that neither combatant was seriously injured, although the ginger one does look like she's been in the wars!
cantona43 15 928 4 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 5:05PM
wonderful capture Alan nice to here the ginger cat was unhurt
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
31 Mar 2008 6:14PM
well captured and a good bit of information accompanying the shot
AlanBW 15 20 England
31 Mar 2008 6:16PM
Many thanks Ed, Neli and Kin - Alan
Rock 18 10 2 England
31 Mar 2008 6:23PM
Just a Cat-Nip.

Well seen shot and capture.

bunbeam 15 2 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 6:58PM
brilliant candid cat shot.. bet that hurt...
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2213 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 7:35PM
At first I thought you'd uploaded an image of spring cat antics, nicely captured Alan, a shame it has to happen, but in the wild they have to show who's boss, I suppose.
FeatherFriend 13 38 217 England
31 Mar 2008 7:37PM
Great candid shot and a lovely write up.
HUMIE 14 2 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 7:52PM
Great capture.....ouch !

Thanks for the narrative too.

wyatturp 15 2 England
31 Mar 2008 8:16PM
Good detail Alan, the whites have held well in the picture

AlanBW 15 20 England
31 Mar 2008 8:25PM
Many thanks Rock, Bun, Pamela, Geoff, Mike and Doug - Alan
Richsr 14 91 223 England
31 Mar 2008 8:29PM
Well spotted and captured.
Regards Richard.
mickf1 14 2 England
31 Mar 2008 8:34PM
Lovely capture Alan well spotted and as usual good narrative.
mickf1 14 2 England
31 Mar 2008 8:34PM
Lovely capture Alan well spotted and as usual a good narrative.
JONTHELENS 14 34 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 8:57PM
Nicely taken Alan.

bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
31 Mar 2008 9:14PM
From the thumbnail I was expecting an Adult tag Wink
Well captured Alan and thanks for the travelogue -always interesting.
Hop-A-Long 14 52 1 England
31 Mar 2008 9:20PM
Excellent capture. What a bully.
Pegon 15 78 1 England
31 Mar 2008 9:29PM
Well caught Alan.
rmr 13 1 Wales
31 Mar 2008 9:49PM
super capture ,super detail
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
31 Mar 2008 10:55PM
Wonderful action shot and interesting write up Alan.
Rogerex 14 32 12 Australia
31 Mar 2008 11:47PM
A good CATch, and interesting history of the area, thank you.
User_Removed 13 78 1 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2008 1:10AM
Good write up.. moral Ginger Rules
newy17 15 273 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2008 1:11AM
well spotted and captured alan, great narrative.
photophantom 13 108 3 Philippines
1 Apr 2008 1:53AM
I like it Alan very much. Great shot, makes me smile for the poses of those cats.
Richard707 14 14 United States
1 Apr 2008 6:20AM
lol! Great action shot!
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2008 7:00AM
Well Alan, this picture is the best example that you should not always believe, what pictures tell you. My first thought was:

Love, love, love... love is all you need Smile

One can be mistaken!

Well taken image in spite of the short time and ongoing action.
piccy 14 8 Wales
1 Apr 2008 7:39AM
A tough life at times being a cat. Well taken.
nickyv32 Plus
13 135 England
1 Apr 2008 8:09AM
Ooooher that looks vicious, great cat pture.

Portknockie 16 48 Scotland
1 Apr 2008 8:12AM does look like a vicious attack..Great info about the place and you did well getting the shot before it was all over....

AlanBW 15 20 England
1 Apr 2008 8:15AM
Many thanks Richard, Mick, Jon, Brian, Andy, Pete, Mark, Rende, Dave, Ian, Dennis, Richard, Johanna, Freda, Nicky and Don, very much appreciated - Alan
1 Apr 2008 8:56AM
Nice shot.well done.

hebdens 15 5
1 Apr 2008 8:58AM
big bully, picked on the wrong cat to fight with!
danbrann 16 640 17
1 Apr 2008 10:05AM
I suppose that is what lust is all about.
AlanBW 15 20 England
1 Apr 2008 10:14AM
Many thanks Dougie, Tracy and Dan - Alan
TelStar 16 116 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2008 11:05AM
Hooray for the wildcat! Well taken.

Mavis 19 143 2 England
1 Apr 2008 11:13AM
I too thought it was amorous intent Alan till I read your comments . Glad he had his comupance Smile xx
AlanBW 15 20 England
1 Apr 2008 11:39AM
Many thanks Tel and Mavis - Alan
Paul_cats 15 61 22 Scotland
1 Apr 2008 12:53PM
It may be outside you're comfort zone but it is a perfectly timed shot and sure made me laugh.
gary_d 13 576 13 Wales
1 Apr 2008 1:34PM
Alan its hard to believe anything is outside your comfort zone, perfect as usual. - gary
AlanBW 15 20 England
1 Apr 2008 2:49PM
Many thanks Paul and Gary - Alan
lostintime Plus
13 13 6 Germany
1 Apr 2008 4:46PM
Terrific capture, amazing action shot.
Marian 15 62 England
1 Apr 2008 6:51PM
Enjoyed reading yourtroduction, and looking at your picture.
CaroleA 14 5 3 England
1 Apr 2008 8:37PM
At first I thought it was a romantic interlude too! I'm amazed the image is so sharp, knowing how frenetic a cat-fight can be - well captured!

PS Nice to see you posting again.
JimV 14 6 3 Canada
1 Apr 2008 9:20PM
You should maybe stray more often Alan, this is superb!
Rgds., Jim
GlenD 14 United States
1 Apr 2008 10:49PM
First thoughts were the same as yours when I see the thumb. Very nice shot
AlanBW 15 20 England
2 Apr 2008 2:06PM
Many thanks Alexandra, Marian, Carole, Jim and Glen - Alan
2 Apr 2008 2:57PM
what an interesting cross-section of culture...great timing!
AlanBW 15 20 England
2 Apr 2008 5:19PM
Many thanks Traci - Alan
fentiger 19 920 24 England
2 Apr 2008 5:31PM
Excellent well timed capture.

SandraKay Plus
13 233 4 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2008 5:57PM
From the thumbnaiI I too thought they were having a bit of fun. Fascinating work - amazing clarity and spot-on colour.
AlanBW 15 20 England
2 Apr 2008 6:42PM
Cheers Albert and Sandra, much appreciated - Alan
joseph 15 England
2 Apr 2008 8:41PM
A superb shot Alan...So sharp!
JudeC 14 6 3 England
2 Apr 2008 9:10PM
Superb capture - such an event took place outside our house on Saturday morning at 5:00 a.m. The noise was deafening. A few choice words saw the offending animals off!! - jude.
Caledonia 14 2 Scotland
2 Apr 2008 11:13PM
Excellent capture and I'm glad the ginger cat got away! Would love to see some of the wonderful scenery you are telling us about .... a very interesting journey!
AlanBW 15 20 England
3 Apr 2008 7:36AM
Many thanks Joespeh, Jude and Marie - Alan
A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2008 3:46PM
wonderful lighting and detail of a painful experience for the losing moggy - excellent.
Artois 14 405 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2008 4:50PM
interesting capture, feral.
AlanBW 15 20 England
3 Apr 2008 4:58PM
Many thanks Alan and Stella, very much appreciated - Alan
mjharps12 13 34 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2008 5:17PM
hi i like your cats
susanbarton 13 11 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2008 6:21PM
Nice to know they both survived good detail.

Great capture and good detail.
3 Apr 2008 6:30PM
Life in the raw,well captured.
3 Apr 2008 7:38PM
A very good and unusual capture Al'.

John Smile
GrahamBaines 13 39 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2008 8:06PM
Cracking shot Alan, this is just part of life, beautifully recorded too!

tuhin 14
4 Apr 2008 7:46AM
Well Capture.
AlanBW 15 20 England
4 Apr 2008 8:06AM
Many thanks Michael, Susan, Will, Harry, John, Graham and Tuhin, much appreciated - Alan
kanu 13 India
4 Apr 2008 8:56AM
Very good capture, nice one.
AlanBW 15 20 England
4 Apr 2008 12:13PM
Many thanks Kanu - Alan
Rylands 13 1 2 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2008 4:18PM
Fantastic image
AlanBW 15 20 England
4 Apr 2008 5:14PM
Thanks Ray, much appreciated - Alan
steve_r 13 England
4 Apr 2008 5:55PM
GOOD SHOT.Nice capture,thank's regards Steve.
ginz04 17 281 20 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2008 7:02PM
hi alan - a good playfull shot.

phototime 15 8 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2008 7:03PM
Excellent shot Alan,beautifully taken.

franfoto 13 2 32 England
4 Apr 2008 7:16PM
Well timed capture with good detail and very interesting narrative. Glad they both survived the ordeal.
5 Apr 2008 11:29AM
Brilliantly captured, well done.

AlanBW 15 20 England
5 Apr 2008 12:09PM
Many thanks Steve, Ian, Mo, Fran and Christine - Alan
microchip 13 1 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2008 1:30PM
Well spotted, and captured with good detail,
Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
5 Apr 2008 4:22PM
An excellent, natural, shot. Glad that it all ended in the usual cat fight finish.
Nice commentary.
AlanBW 15 20 England
5 Apr 2008 6:05PM
Many thanks Alan and Brian - Alan
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
5 Apr 2008 8:23PM
Hi Alan,
what a shot,you really caught this one during the action.Well captured and great detail and description.That's one cat fight you caught there,hope all ended well for the ginger one who seems to be on the receiving end.Take care,AnnSmile
AlanBW 15 20 England
6 Apr 2008 8:14AM
Many thanks Ann - Alan
dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2008 1:20PM
What a capture Alan..looks a bit painful but you have caught the moment perfectly!
AlanBW 15 20 England
6 Apr 2008 4:31PM
Many thanks Di, much appreciated - Alan
panda 16 5 1 England
6 Apr 2008 5:29PM
They both look quite well fed for ferral cats, and the bully is wearing a collar. Whatever, a super capture.

Regards Phil
AlanBW 15 20 England
6 Apr 2008 5:42PM
Many thanks Phil, I must admit that hadn't even noticed the collar - Regards Alan
chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2008 7:53AM
excellent image Alan Smile
janet 18 27 England
7 Apr 2008 4:07PM
Well captured! Poor Ginger.

ericfaragh Plus
17 149 5 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2008 7:46PM
Oh dear, you can tell that there's trouble coming.
AlanBW 15 20 England
7 Apr 2008 8:15PM
Many thanks Chris, Jan and Eric - Alan
8 Apr 2008 11:15AM
Excellent capture Alan, so clear and detailed. Not sure they are feral as their coats look in good condition and one is wearing a collar. The ginger one seems to be coming off worse and his face looks a bit battered too. Cat fights are very noisy and aggressive but thankfully only last a short time usually. I liked your interesting description of Koh Kret too.
KingBee Plus
14 548 2 Scotland
8 Apr 2008 1:19PM
Great image, Alan - it has a painting-like quality to it, almost like an "old master", if you know what I mean - the sort of thing that would have been popular in Victorian times, perhaps.

AlanBW 15 20 England
8 Apr 2008 2:37PM
Many thanks Val and Bob - Alan
Bodiewil 13 46 Wales
9 Apr 2008 8:56AM
Beautiful capture Alan...wonderful narrative

AlanBW 15 20 England
9 Apr 2008 11:18AM
Many thanks Dave - Alan
TracyK 15 4 Netherlands
9 Apr 2008 1:47PM
Quite a shot. Nice to read about your travels.
AlanBW 15 20 England
9 Apr 2008 5:12PM
Many thanks Tracy - Alan
anpix 13 88 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2008 8:30AM
lovely photo and story
AlanBW 15 20 England
15 Apr 2008 9:46AM
Many thanks Andrew - Alan
davidbailie 17 457 7 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2008 8:42AM
Pretty sure this is a mating ritual - the grabbing by the scruff of the neck is standard -

she's doesn't appear in particular pain but she's not having any of it/him -

if they were fighting seriously from what I've observed they would be face to face rearing and slashing ?

Good grab

AlanBW 15 20 England
17 Apr 2008 8:56AM
Many thanks DB - Alan
sandrish 17 36 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2008 8:38AM
Very well captured. Great shot.

AlanBW 15 20 England
20 Apr 2008 11:00AM
Thanks Sandra, much appreciated - Alan
Birte 14
21 Apr 2008 12:24PM
Great shot.
AlanBW 15 20 England
22 Apr 2008 6:41AM
Thanks Birte, much appreciated - Alan
Ayelet_A 12 11 3 Israel
26 Oct 2008 12:08AM
Are you sure this was a fight?
In any case good for ginger, she can do better Wink

Excellent capture, got a vote from this cat person
27 Oct 2008 4:39PM
A shot a few secons later would of been a good un I imagine.
Cheers Mick.
24 Nov 2008 5:25PM
Great capture, great shot. Well done.

RTDS 12 Cyprus
24 Dec 2008 10:10AM
Excellent capture.

Many thanks for all your C&C's...i do apreciate it.
I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Bowline 14 28 England
12 May 2010 6:53AM
I thought at first we were seeing where Siamese Cats came from!
Well spotted and a great capture. Looks like the Siamese was a domestic cat, judging by its collar.

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