A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Turkish Van Cat

This cat didn't arrive in a white van (although this one might well have done) but its breed comes from an area in Eastern Turkey near Lake Van. These cats are notable for their lean, long-legged appearance. Van cats are also known for swimming in Lake Van and it is said that this breed is innately more fond of water than the average cat.
Their most notable genetic characteristic is their almond-shaped eyes that often are mismatched colours. The most valued and valuable members of the type generally have one amber-green eye and one blue eye. This chap has the distinctive stripe on his forehead that marks these cats out on Symi.

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