This is Chakavu - the oldest of the two African Pygmy Hedgehogs that I'm harbouring - playing in a vintage biscuit barrel/tin. My Chak’s a charmer, especially when his snozzle’s a’twitchin’ - he’s as spritely as they come and a whole lotta fun! Well tempered to flourish in Darwin’s dome, he had this habit of introducing himself with his teeth... See once upon a time when with a gentle jaw, his bite a delight; the finest of pains and the finest of pleasures... A subtle reminder how feeling felt.
These images are part of my pet photography in Barnsley.
This is Rox, our female Russian Horsfield tortoise.
Rox is the sweetest creature; gentle, beautiful, brave... And I’m so grateful to still have her around and about. It chars my heart to dwell upon her rough old pregnancy that she was at pains to endure. Having strained laboriously to bear her egg, a cloacal prolapse had engendered; saddened eyes only became of landing them upon such a scene. (Even divorced from the fears I had for its implications on Rox; something about the textural discord... Bare viscera against the dirt – well, it made me antsy).
With her plastron a poker face; obscuring malady, her mien it let us know – pregnant, still. Helpless, no calcium to spare for a second shell and clobbered with a lethargy that plagued her for many months... Mercy was dry – and her demise, just a rotting yolk away.
A hysterectomy became the sine qua non for her survival and so saw blades were sharpened in the last chance saloon. Upon sanctioning the operation several gut wrenching hours ensued for me and my brother ‘til an auspicious phone call spurred some sanguinity. Assured that all was well, Rox, now donning commie red acrylic had only to return from the saffan mist.
We soon learned that she had teetered on the verge of coelomitis – needless to say, we were gladdened to have eluded checkmate. Though the blues took her for a while, she recovered well and swell she’s a’doin’.
This is Amsterdam, a tabby cat that my brother and I met in Amsterdam. Chancing upon a cafe for vegan pancakes, this A fine, fine feline came to say "Hello!" (and steal our pancakes). We were very stoned and we were very very hungry but who could say no to a face like this?
I take photos of dogs and cats in Barnsley as part of my pet photography service in Yorkshire.
Me, stroking this cat to Tchaikovsky:
Every year I get a plethora of birds in my garden in Barnsley, Yorkshire who all love having their photos taken. This was an incredible mother Robin, who in the summer of 2014 managed to raise four chicks. We gave her a helping hand with mealworms too.
Mother nature certainly knows how to make em.
Chakavu on the left, his brother Aibu on the right; an adorable pair of african pygmy hedgehogs dining on catfood together.
This was taken just a few days after I took them, they were just babies!
This is a baby robin chilling out on a wheel barrow in a Barnsley garden whilst I took her photo.
Yorkshire has so much widlife, which makes for great photography opportunities.
Three luminous jellyfish, taken at The Deep in Hull. Jellyfish are really interesting animals, and move around in the most psychedelic fashion.