Caturday felid trifecta: Lion snatches photographer’s camera, gives it to her cubs as a toy; man naps with cats at a shelter, cat hiking videos

From PetaPixel we have the story (and a video) about a lioness who stole a photographer’s camera and gave it to her three cubs as a toy. How did this happen?

Wildlife photographer Barbara Jensen Vorster was photographing a pride of lions in Botswana in July when she had her camera stolen by a lioness. She luckily had another camera ready and captured a series of photos showing what happened next.

Vorster was shooting at the Mashatu Game Reserve with her Canon 7D and Canon 100-400mm lens— a camera kit worth over $2,000 — when she accidentally dropped the kit on the ground. Upon hearing the thud, the protective lioness mother growled and then approached the group to investigate, causing Vorster and her party to retreat in their 4×4.

“The camera fell with the lens looking up, she gently flipped the camera on its side and picked it up by the barrel of the lens,” Vorster says.

The lioness then picked up the camera and telephoto lens in her mouth and carried it a distance before dropping it onto the ground. Her cubs then pounced on their new toy and began playing with it.

A photo:

“They dragged it through the dirt, chewed on the lens hood and then fortunately, like most kids, soon grew tired with their new toy,” the photographer says.

After retrieving her abandoned camera, she found that it was still functioning perfectly aside from teeth marks across the surfaces.

The camera was “very dirty but appears to still work,” Vorster says. “There are two huge teeth marks on the rubber focus rings of the lens and small teeth marks on the plastic lens hood, both of which I decided not to replace.”

And the video:


I got this story from tons of people, and it’s everywhere on the Internet, probably because it fulfills peoples’ desire, in these troubled times, to see acts of kindness. And it is cool.  From BuzzFeed News, for example, we hear of a man named Terry Lauermann who wandered into the Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary in Green Bay Wisconsin—a place where “difficult” cats are kept (and not in cages) in hopes they’ll be adopted. Terry came in volunteering to brush the cats, which he does, and often falls asleep with them. It’s adorable. Here are a few photos and tweets documenting it:

Terry brushes the cats every day. Courtesy of Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary

From Good Morning America:

According to [founder Elizabeth] Feldhausen, Terry has a “magic brush” and all the cats — even the ones who normally won’t play with others — flock to this Pied Piper of sorts.

“He’s amazing with them,” she added. “Even the anxious ones get excited when he comes to volunteer.”


So far the story about Terry has prompted people to give $10,000 in donations, and if you’d like to donate (I did), you can do so here.


Here’s a video (another one showing Terry in action is here):


From Mashable we have a passel of videos showing cats taking hikes. There are five, and I’ll show two, but if you’re an ailurophile you’ll want to watch them all:

And another, showing Honey Bee, a blind rescue cat, who loves the sounds and smells of the great outdoors:

h/t: Su, Diane G., Tom


  1. Glenda Palmer
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Always look forward to Caturday felid trifecta. Enjoyed story about Terry the volunteer.

  2. BJ
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    The story of Terry made me so happy. I worked as a cat socializer at a shelter for some time. It was very rewarding, but also very emotionally taxing, as it really was a shelter where the cats were in cages. I had to leave after a few months because seeing those poor cats live like that made me even more depressed than I usually am.

  3. Merilee
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 3:40 pm | Permalink


  4. rickflick
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    Honey Bee probably has a brain that’s been reorganized. The visual cortex may have atrophied while the other senses have grown. It’s interesting to try to imagine what it’s like to be Honey Bee.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted September 23, 2018 at 1:43 am | Permalink

      She (?) seems remarkably brave and confident in walking or scrambling in places where she can’t possibly know what’s in front of her. She must have great trust in her owners not to let her hurt herself.


  5. Posted October 21, 2018 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    I hope the lion toy camera continues its work for years to come!

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