Photographer becomes feral cat’s best friend

Sasan with the big cats

He has been photographing big cats for 5 years (Image: Sasan Amir / Caters News Agency)

Sasan Amir has been photographing feral cats for five years and has become so close to them that many predators love to cuddle him.

The 27-year-old says that these relationships take a lot of patience and time.

But now cheetahs and jaguars are so fond of the photographer that they even come up to him and lick him.

Sasan said: ‘My favorite big cat is the jaguar because they look incredible and have the strongest bite force of all big cats – twice as strong as a lion.

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Close-up of Sasan Amir

Active (Photo: Sasan Amir / Caters News Agency)

‘People are often surprised by their beauty but also by their brutality.

‘I think the key to getting the picture right is patience, the right equipment and lowering your expectations.

‘On one occasion a leopard was hiding in a thick bush, it came up to me, it looked straight at me and then slowly started to take a nap.

‘He realized that I wasn’t dangerous to him in any way and I really liked that he was so comfortable with me.’

A leopard

‘People are often amazed by their beauty but also their brutality’ (Image: Sasan Amir / Caters News Agency)

Sasan Amir getting licked by a leopard

Sasan Amir was licked by a jaguar (Image: Sasan Amir / Caters News Agency)

The 27-year-old photographer said he hopes his photographs will raise awareness of the fact that many creatures are critically endangered.

However, he also emphasizes that he lets animals come to him.

Sasan continued: ‘We have the privilege of being a part of this beautiful world and we have a responsibility to preserve that for generations to come.

‘Wild animals should never be trapped and kept in cages. You can take animals out of the wild but not wild animals.

‘They are dangerous predators, not pets. The only reason I have pictures with exotic animals is because they decided to come to me, not because I wanted to pet them. ‘

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