Encounters with street animals

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Encounters with street animals

In this post, the credit goes to the animals. From this photo collection of encounters, you surely can feel the trust, love and care between Istanbul's street animals and people. I have always appreciated and admired this warm and harmonious life together, and I am still touched again and again by this kind of true love.

I often say that I think we treat animals the same way we treat each other as humans. This can be seen constantly and everywhere in Istanbul. People help animals just as they help each other. All kinds of animals are respected and valued. And it is this trust of the animals towards humans that is visible in the photos.

In the photos, all the animals are street animals, except chickens and roosters (and chicks) which are domestic animals because of food, i.e. eggs. But they, too, are allowed to live freely, because Istanbulites think that an animal can never be chained. An animal must always be free.

I hope you enjoy these encounters!

Street cats in Istanbul.
Do you want company?
Tiny street cat in Istanbul.
As a baby, you may suddenly get tired in the middle of a walk.
Friends in the park.
A street dog in Istanbul.
This is the order of priority: I sleep, you dodge.
A street cat is sleeping on the scooter in Istanbul.
A nap on a soft scooter saddle.
Two seagulls in the sun of the Marmara Sea in Istanbul.
Friends in the sun of the Marmara Sea.
A street cat in the fabric wholesale shop in Istanbul.
I belong to the top management of this fabric wholesale shop.
A street dog is sleeping in a shop in Istanbul.
You will do your shopping, meanwhile we will take it easy.
A street cat is sleeping in a shop in Istanbul.
A tired jeweler.
A street cat in Istanbul.
Are you absolutely sure?
A street cat is sleeping on the table of a cafe in Istanbul.
Is it real? We are in Istanbul, so of course it is!
Tiny street cat in a restaurant in Istanbul.
Can the tiny one join you for dinner too?
A street dog in Istanbul.
Please, don’t rush past me, I need a little tenderness…
Dinner with a street dog in a restaurant in Istanbul.
At dinner together. This street dog must have been here for treats before…
Two street cats relaxing on the street in Istanbul.
Life is wonderful when we take it easy together.
A familiar beach companion.
Dinner of seagulls on the coast of Istanbul.
A shared dining moment in the sea view.
A turtle in the yard of Galata Mevlevi Museum in Istanbul.
We already have a little perspective on life. My age may reach up to 200 years, and the Galata Mevlevi Museum (Galata Mevlevihanesi Müzesi) in my backyard is already more than 500 years old.
Cuties in the park.
Kissing small chicks in the Gülhane Park in Istanbul.
A street cat in Kuzguncuk in Istanbul.
I’m not going to freeze next winter, what about you?
A street cat in Sirkeci Marmaray Station in Istanbul.
The fan is already here, but where is the band?
A surprise on an evening walk with my grandchild.
Street cats in Istanbul.
Our yard’s trusty reception committee: welcome home!

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