Wednesday, July 24, 2019
The mane attraction
Here's a lovely image (found on Gab yesterday) of a male lion with a truly magnificent (and unusually dark) mane.
Lions are usually thought of as the only members of the cat family with a mane, but there must be a recessive gene or two in other cat populations as well. Our farm cat, Ashbutt, has a lot of Maine Coon in his ancestry, and he unquestionably has a mane. Being all black, it's hard to see unless one gets close to him - otherwise, he just looks like a very long-haired cat - but his mane is undoubtedly the same shape as the one shown above, extending down from his shoulders to his chest and all the way back along his body, as you can see in the photograph below. If you shaved off all that hair, he'd look very skinny.
(Yes, that's freshly dried laundry he's lying on. As far as he's concerned, all warm, fluffy laundry belongs to Cat. That's just the way it is. What? You want to fold it? Only after it's cooled down!)
How many of my readers have cats with manes? It might be interesting to make a rough tally of them. Please let us know in Comments.