In Turkish and Arabic traditions, cats have six lives. This contrasts with seven lives in Italy, Germany, Greece and Brazil. In most other countries the number is nine. There is an old English proverb that states, “A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays”. this echo’s the fact that cats give their owners the most love when they are old- too old to chase mice!
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Written in ‘The Annals of Five Emperors’, during the reign of Emperor Huang, some 4000 years ago, it is said that the mighty ruler would keep Giant Pandas for the purpose of fighting. In an ancient Chinese legend, again dating back some 4000 years, it tells of how a tribal leader named Huangdi once wielded wild animals to defeat a neighbouring tribe. Amongst the fearsome animals who bravely went into battle were leopards, tigers… and Pand
So this one has been a long time coming! All the paints out of the tin for this one! It took a long time and I was glad when it was done!