This postage stamp featuring an Egyptian Mau is from Monaco and commemorates the 2011 international cat show.
“Mau” means “cat” in the Egyptian language from nearly 4000 years ago. The Eqyptian Mau is an ancient breed, and is believed to be descended from the African Wild Cat. It is the only breed that is naturally spotted, and the spots are only on the tip of their fur. These kitties are built for speed – like a cheetah. They have long back legs and extra skin between their waist and hind legs that lets their back legs extend backwards more than other breeds. Some other traits of the Egyptian Mau is that they are medium size, have short hair, and have musical voices. Animal Planet has a short educational video on the Egyptian Mau.
A few tidbits about Monaco. The country is officially named the Principality of Monaco. It’s a tiny piece of land (2 sq. km, or less than 1 sq. mile) on the southeast corner of France. It’s been held by the Grimaldi family since about 1300 A.D. and it’s the 3rd smallest country in the world. There are only about 30,000 people living in Monaco. I wonder how many cats they have.
Part of the fun in collecting stamps is that you can use them to learn about many things. It could be about the subject of the stamp, a time in history, or the country the stamp came from. This stamp inspired me to learn more about the Egyptian Mau and to look up some basic information about Monaco. I’ll never have an Egyptian Mau and I’ll never go to Monaco, but now I know a little more about both. I hope you had fun seeing the stamp and maybe learned something too.
I wasn’t going to participate in the Saturday PhotoHunt this week because I couldn’t find a photo I was hoping to use for the theme “Stuck”. But writing this entry, I realized it fit the theme. Stamps get stuck on envelopes!