Short post: León, best big brother

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Ok, I hope everyone has seen the two topics about spaying Neta and Joy. In a couple of the photos one of her brothers appears. So this post is simply about León, the big brother.

León ( Spanish for lion) has always been courageous, and worthy of the name. Joy's brother was already facing and trying to defend the turf against adult toms at only three months of age! Now it is almost a daily ritual to see León going after the roosters on the neighbor's property. Dangerous, as the roosters are significantly bigger than him, and quite capable of self-defense, but for now León always sends them running away. At the same time, he has joined his sister Joy in taking care of the newest kittens, since the mother (Neta) has stopped mothering them.

Long story short: León gets his own post because he has already made his mark here. He defends the turf (hilarious to watch how he scared the bejeezus out of one dog who got too close), he is nothing if not ambitious as a hunter, but he still takes care of his little siblings (Neta's second pregnency).

Everybody is shocked to hear that he is only about nine months old, and the same age as his sister Joy. No one believes that he is still a kitten


Here's a shot of almost the whole family- Joy was elsewhere, but we have León, his brother Pinguinho, and the newest siblings. They are roughly five months behind León, Pinguinho, and Joy.
 

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oh my goodness! Such cuties, especially that small orange kitty looking up at the camera. I am smitten!
 
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oh my goodness! Such cuties, especially that small orange kitty looking up at the camera. I am smitten!
For now we are calling him Gingibre (Ginger in Portuguese) :gingercat2:
The photo lost much detail: litle Gingibre has tabby markings similar to his big brother León
 
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Leon on guard while the family eats
 
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While I`m at it, here`s Leon`s brother, Pinguinho. While he`s not unusually big like his brother, Pinguinho is still a bit above average in size for his age. He has his mother`s eyes
 
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I`ve only been able to get decent photos of two of the three new kids; Gengibre is quite skilled at ducking photos :lol: This first photo is of the only one confirmed to be female- Gengibre is a boy, and the third as well. When younger, she looked to be almost totally grey, but now beige spots and tabby striping are becoming more prominent. These new three are now roughly four and a half months old



We had thought that the tabby was female, but when we got a chance to check he`s a boy. Other than gender (and probably eye color, but they are still changing), he`s an exact copy of Joy


I still hope to get a decent photo of Gengibre, definitely a work in progress :biggrin::lol:
 
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I finally got a chance to get a shot of litle Gengibre; he's good at avoiding cameras, and all three ofthe little ones are still very shy around humans. It's not a good photo, but it is a starting point.

 
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Here's a quickie; my Sundays are so busy, love to know why... :headscratch:

This photo is pretty bad, it was taken at a distance and required cropping. But it shows the current situation well, the three little ones clustered around big brother León (and not Neta: their mother has completely stopped caring for them, and even takes swipes if they get too close :frown::sniffle: ) León and Joy have assumed the duties of caring for them, cleaning and playing with them. Brother Pinguinho plays with them from time to time, but is usually off exploring as young males tend to do.

They are now, by our calculations, approximately five months old. The tabby's eye seems to be a result of some kind of irritant like dust, etc, and is already looking better since this photo was taken two days ago. It is definitely not conjunctivitis. The grey kitten's eyes are ok, she blinked right as I snapped the shutter :lol:

 
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