Amazonian Shenanigans

Hooman said that it was time we went on some sort of adventure holiday. We looked at all the usual brochures… Butlins? Nah. Centre Parks? Nah. Camping in a field? Nah. How about we go to the Amazon and check out how splendiferous the river is there? I heard it has some strange beasts to eat!

Off we toddled. I brought The Wally with me as the Amazon is a far away place, and I may get hungry.

The Wally also acts as my walking lunchbox

As an apex predator, I always take my prowling and staring very seriously… It’s what gives me my ability to spot a flutterby at 20 paces. My camouflage is second to none, as you can clearly see in this pic, (or not, as I am so well hidden against the undergrowth)

Cats stealth and camouflage allows for seamless integration in undergrowth

We hath arrived. The Amazon, hooman said, is very far, far away, but we walked here pretty quick. I must say, it has a distinct resemblance to the river back home that we go to. The Amazon even has an angry weir just like at home, except this one must be angry in a different accent.

The Amazonian weir. Looks familiar…

Hooman decided that we had been walking so long, he was going to take of his wellies and put his stinking legfingers in the water. This instantly made the river downstream undrinkable. Fish may have died.

River pollution

We put on our adventurous hats, and ventured out to an island in the middle of the river. It consisted mostly of pebbles, but hooman said some of them may be dinosaur eggs, so tread carefully. We could have eggs for breakfast, maybe? A Tyrannosaurus Eggs?

I wonder what a scrambled dinosaur tastes like?

Life is full of risks. In order to get to the other side of the island, I had to pass the restricted area around hooman’s wellies. A genuine risk of serious debilitating illness if the wind changes at this particular moment… here goes nothing…

I really should have a HASMAT suit on. Or a CATMAT suit

I don’t know what it is about The Wally. His undercarriage always gets damp, but he stays dry on the top. He always has stalactites dangling down from his tummy covered in either water, or mud. Today was no exception… He had been for a dip in the water, and took great pleasure in giving himself a good shake when I got near.

Wally when wet makes for an excellent makeshift sprinkler system

Hooman said the water upstream is safe from any footfinger toxins…

Seems drinkable…

Hooman then mentioned the Piranha…


I wonder if Piranha are edible? We could have a nice little BBQ with some fishes as our ‘special guests’. Hooman was unsure who owned the chair on the Island. He speculated that maybe the previous inhabitant died of being munched on by piranha. Maybe he was king, and he raised taxes, and so everyone left? All that remains is a bedraggled old throne? Maybe there is a fee for being on this island? We decided to scarper.

Scarpering in case of any fees due

The Wally isn’t the sharpest tool in the box. After being told about the dangerous snappy piranha fish, he waddles his way through the water . Not me… I have to devise a plan. No nibble fishy with teeth will nibble on my toes! No siree!

The Wally is scared of nothing. Or stupid. One of them

Halfway across I shouted “A PIRANHA NIBBLY TEETH FISH THING!” and The Wally hurried up. At least he isn’t deaf.

Out of my way, hooman. Nibble fish!

So, how does a little black panther make her way across a might rainforest jungle river? Well, first you have to tiptoe your way around the edge. This takes finesse and lots of bravery, as I, for one, hate getting wet. My toes are now damp. Damnit.

Need to get hooman to buy me some wellies

Right… I think I have a plan. It involves standing on a very small rock, on the water edge…

Wait for it…

Then JUMPING! Out of the way hooman!

Flukey mid flight action-cat jumping shot

Phew. made it. I thunked a nibble fish would leap out and nibble my toes mid-flight! I made it to the stepping stones, so just have to toddle my way over.

Right. little leap from here, to the next one…

The stepping stones are dry, which is good. The horrible mossy stuff is really slippy when wet. If I fall in, I’ll be swimming for a bit until I get out downstream. It’s a bit like Deliverance without any risk of having to squeal like a pig. Hopefully there are no rednecks  about.

Once more unto the leap, dear friends

Wait… Hooman… Are you sure that is a rock? It looks like it has a weird little face, staring at me. Is it a crocodile? IT IS, ISN’T IT? Oh, I will leap in and get me a crocodile!

[It’s a rock, Numps, trust me]

Oh. You sure?


OK. Over I go then…

It’s one small leap for Cat, one giant leap for Catkind

1-2-3 and almost there!

Tigger loved bouncing

Right… Time to just sit here and watch The Wally get eaten by nibble fish from the safety of the bank. I may even catch one for my supper whilst they are munching on The Wally’s foot…

The bait is set…

Until next time, folks! Remember, to retweet all the cat rescue tweets you can, from wherever!


22 thoughts on “Amazonian Shenanigans

  1. You have the most exciting adventures! My brother used to love walking in the water but we only have a stream, not a river. He might not have liked paddling in a river as much. I think you were right and that was a crocodile, but luckily he was sleeping.

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  2. numps….yur storeez R price less 🙂 dad shuld rite a book, we wood bee furst in line ta buy it ….though we wood bee in line across de big pond online….line……????? any way…… we R glad noe purr rana attacked ewe, wally ore dad…. & we R az glad …..noe fish N what knotz died…down streem… 🙂 we hope ya DID find sum dino eggs & had quite de snax !!! heerz ta 12 poundz oh ham….till next time ♥♥♥

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      1. You definitely should write a book Numps, it will require you to train your hooman to do your bidding. You are very good at training I think.

        Was this the day that you had the kittens Numps? You look so slender and lithe, not up the duff at all.

        Hope being a Mum is suiting you fine sweetheart

        Love & purrs
        Mungo & Jet & the Tragic Ape xx

        PS: The Wally looks mighty well, despite the stalagtites! hehe


  3. WOW Numps……my friends the Tabs of Trout Towne said you have some pretty exciting adventures and to check you out and I do believe they were RIGHT! How exciting to cross the Amazon without being eaten alive by those bitey fish. Purrrhaps having the dog with you is a good idea – as you say – bait!

    Hugs, Sammy

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  4. Hi Numps, we just read your interview at Dash Kitten and thought we’d drop by. So glad we did as we really enjoyed your post today!

    We love adventures and often have the most bizarre ones ourselves.

    Wishing you a supurr purry weekend

    Basil and Co xox


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