As many cat owners will tell you, no matter how sheltered or confined their environment, it becomes quite evident early on that even domestic cats have wild instincts. That was the subject of a recent Whiskas campaign that enlisted the talents of photographer George Logan and digital retoucher Tony Swinney (yes, these images are photoshopped!). Taken at Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa (Shamwari is the Shona word for friend, and I learnt the Game Reserve is owned by a Port Elizabeth businessman who had dreamed of opening a wildlife sanctuary since his childhood in Zimbabwe). And here, we see a little domestic tabby cat make friends with all sorts of wild companions on the African savannah. The Shamwari Game Reserve which opened in 1992 is near Port Elizabeth (one of my favourite South African cities) and supported by the Born Free Foundation which campaigns for animal welfare and helped Whiskas with this photo shoot. While I know they aren't 'real', something about these images just warmed my heart.
This post is dedicated to Toby, RIP our little wild cat.
You were a wonderful little friend!