‘I went on the hunt for Peckham’s feral cat colony and was sorely disappointed’ – Charlie Lawrence-Jones

Although so much out-of-towners would say in any other case, London is a giant and stunning place.

Each space has its personal distinct character made up of bizarre individuals and even weirder locations.

As a journalist overlaying the metropolis I attempt to make it my job to see as many of those oddities as attainable, so after I heard a couple of colony of feral cats in Peckham I needed to go see it.

The colony is a properly-recognized native oddity, discovered at the again of a carpark in their very own assortment of hodge-podged little shelters.

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One cat and his home

They’ve been there for round 15 years now and have been steadily rising in quantity till 2019, when native cat shelter Croydon Animal Samaritans trapped and neutered a bunch of them.

Although an ever rising herd might sound interesting to the naïve, it’s typically at the detriment of their cat well being so the intervention was wanted.

We will not give the actual location away in case it encourages nefarious deeds towards the poor issues.

Although I’m giving them quite a lot of credit score, cats weren’t full self-starters.

They did not construct this feline shanty city themselves however have had a serving to hand from locals in the type of constructions and after all meals.

Expecting to move down there to discover a cat primarily based utopia after I arrived I felt utterly let down.

The proof was there.

Scattered in the grass verges alongside the automobile park have been the little cat homes together with the odd scratching publish.

These cats have been clearly offered for however there was just one mangy cat, not the 15 I was hoping for.

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These cats have been clearly being sorted by somebody

I was truthfully gutted, principally for having to return all the solution to South London for nothing.

I assume that is on me although.

With lockdown I had simply presumed they’d be in however apparently 7pm is strictly after they’re all out and about.

I wasn’t too delay although.

I’ll strive head there once more in two years or so after I enterprise south of the river once more.

Do you realize one thing about these cats I do not? Please get in contact at [email protected]

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