Rutland – Who said cats and birds can’t live together?
Last year, Michelle and I visited Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre.
Situated in the heart of Rutland, this hidden away location houses a collection of hundreds of birds of prey from all around the world.
Owner Chris Lawton openly admits he loves his birds more than people, and his affection for his feathered friends shows through.
Owls, hawks, falcons, buzzards, eagles and even vultures have made the falconry centre their home.
Check out the falconry centre yourself to have a look at what is on offer.
As well as admiring the birds, there is also a chance to try your hand at falconry.
But perhaps the biggest surprise for Michelle and I was that Rutland Falconry Centre isn’t just home to birds.
But also cats. And big cats at that.
Just six times a year, Chris allows a limited number of people to views the centre’s incredible collection of rare cats.
Among the animals enjoying large enclosures are four Amur Leopards. Critically endangered, it is estimated that only about 35 of these beautiful creatures remain in the wild – sparsely spread across Russia, China and Korea.