This post is about animals. Or rather, the lack of them except for a notable few. Considering the latitude, I was really surprised not to see more wildlife around besides a few pigeons (not pictured, because I consider them flying rats). Hong Kong’s urban areas are all crowded up on the shoreline and the interior areas are certainly green enough to support animal life, but I rarely saw any. As for domesticated animals, it’s surprisingly free of strays for an Asian city, and apparently, people do not take their lapdogs everywhere like they do in NYC. I did spot the occasional store cat, which I dutifully documented for entropyenator’s benefit:
Otherwise, it was up to a slightly bonkers party I attended to really see any people-animal action. As part of the entertainment, a fortuneteller was giving readings to whoever was interested. The procedure was that you told the fortuneteller (and his translator, the man leaning over the table) your question, and he consulted his birds on who felt like handling it. One of them then hopped out of the cage and onto a deck of cards held on its side, where it pulled out one card with its beak. After getting fed from that small metal box in the fortuneteller’s hand, the bird hopped back into the cage while the fortuneteller interpreted the chosen card according to your question. Birds were surprisingly efficient, out-pick-in within a few seconds, but then, it’s a pretty easy way to earn your daily seed.