Norwegian forest cat turns into mountain lion

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog ran away in fear, as a cat revealed its inner mountain lion and chased it away.  Out-foxed! Fearless cat turns guard dogarticle-2450732-189FED1700000578-185_636x382 Norwegian Forest Cat Leon showed true his Viking spirit when he defended his territory against an invading fox in Troms, Norway. Leon did not take lightly to the wild fox approaching his owner’s bins and looked more like a mountain lion as he launched himself after the intruding predator who barked in terror and quickly sprinted off into the distance.

I first came across the Norwegian Forest Cat  on my first ‘white-shod’ winter deployment to Norway, when I saw a feral forest cat chase a large Belgian Shepherd Dog that wisely kept backing off. They have a remarkable history, and have adapted to survive Norway’s cold arctic weather. It can trace its heritage back to 1000 AD, when the Vikings brought short haired cats back from great Britain to act as mousers. It then cross bred naturally with the long haired cats the Crusaders brought back from the far east. From what I have heard they grow similar in size to the Maine Coon.            Yours Aye.

The Monstrous Maine Coon

One of my fellow naval officers at work owns a Maine Coon. They are enormous cats, more bob than puddy. I’ve seen some up to thirty-five pounds. My shipmate has pictures on his desk of the monster and I could not help but remark about ’em.

I marveled (to myself) how wonderful it was that two red-blooded American males could discuss felines so openly. Fifty years ago, we would have been ostracized. We’ve come a long way as a nation and a Navy. FYI, here is a Maine Coon in all its glory:

Natalie Chettle lifts her mother's Maine coon cat Rupert over her head.
Natalie Chettle lifts her mother’s Maine coon cat Rupert over her head.

Resist the thought that the picture is photoshopped. T’ain’t. . .