The Christmas Black Cat

Christmas comes but once a year and busy Father Christmas has a lot of ground to cover.

Father Christmas watches a Magician in Muscat
Father Christmas watches a Magician in Muscat

Here he is enjoying a spot of R & R in a shopping complex in Muscat as Anil, the Magician of Muscat, performs for a crowd.
On Thursday, the Environment Society of Oman made a visit to the Oman Native Animal area at Bait al Baraka Palace.

Hyaena and Black Cat
Hyaena and Black Cat

The somewhat fierce reputation of Hyenas (here Hyaena hyaena sultana) was a bit diminished  by an apparent friendship with a black cat.  In Bait Al Baraka they also have a large breeding herd of Arabian Oryx, presumably because of issues in Jaluni.