Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Istanbul Critters

Istanbul is full of every kind of critter. Everywhere you go, there's an animal, whether dead, alive or in a cage.
Leeches for sale by the Egyptian bazaar. I'm not entirely sure why, but I am fairly certain it's got something to do with health. I hear they are good for bruises. But...ick.
Pigeons. Everywhere. These are on the steps of the New Mosque. New, as in 16th century.

Cats are everywhere. Packs of them roam about the city, obviously the people in Istanbul don't fix them or practice kitty birth control. This cat one was seeing opportunity ahead......

Cats at the fish market at Karakoy. They are remarkably well behaved and never go where they should not.

Me and a one week old kitten. It was one of a litter at the hotel. Amazing how fast they grew in the week we were there.

This might be my favorite photo of the whole trip. A cat asleep in the sun, on the roof a shed directly behind Hagia Sophia.

Another view of the sleeping kitty.

Cat under a table, waiting for us to give it a bit of our lunch.

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