Granada / Boabdil, Aixa or Yusuf roam freely at the Alhambra in Granada and they are only some of the cats, more or less fifty, that today maintain their particular “reign” in the most visited monument in Spain, controlled by a chip.
The presence of these small four-legged “beasts” has been practically a constant in the history of the Nasrid enclosure, where they rival in feline beauty with the marble lions that give name to their most iconic courtyard.
These furry mammals coexist with the thousands of visitors, tourists and employees who daily visit each of the corners of the Alhambra, whose managers have a specific program for their control and care, along with other animal species that make up a diverse ecosystem and only.
Cats are part of the Alhambra ecosystem
Catuxa Novo explains to Efe that, from the Forest, Garden and Orchard Service that she heads in the public patronage of the Alhambra, a balance is sought in the ecosystem with the different habitats of the Alhambra, in which cats also play their paper.
Thus, the CER plan (Capture, Sterilization and Return) seeks to maintain a stable cat colony, to which a sanitary control is applied to avoid the transmission of diseases.
The goal of the plan is to protect a feline community on the ground, which it regularly feeds, deworms, and controls, while keeping rodents and other “unwelcome visitors” at bay.
Yusuf or Zoraida, but also Cheeks or Pirate
These cats, numbering around fifty, have their chip and are perfectly identified and registered, with names of the most varied – some linked to the Nasrid past of the monument such as Boabdil, Aixa, Yusuf, Zoraida or Morayma – and others more common like cheeks, sugar, pirate or Juanito.
Both coexist in any case as kings in a wide territory of about 130 hectares, where they practically lack predators, have guaranteed food and water and do not have much more to do throughout the day than stroll wherever curiosity leads them. , in addition to posing as authentic cat models.
Despite the fact that they are not usually unfazed by the usual movement of visitors and workers from the spaces of the Alhambra, the truth is that these small animals are less domestic than might be expected.
As Novo comments, these are feral cats, which have always been free although in a human environment, they depend on it for their food but they are not suitable for adoption due to their wild behaviors.
In fact, although they usually hang around specific points of the enclosure such as the vicinity of the Alcazaba and Nasrid Palaces, the Generalife or the exterior of the Taquillas area and the Casas del Mimbre, where the presence of people is more or less constant, not always They allow themselves to be caressed and are less friendly than they seem. (July 14, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)
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