tiger?

トラかな?

10 March 1999, Mayotte
Founga Cat

A tiger is identified by its bright yellow/orange fur, round ears, stripe patterns on body and tail. Some types have long hair around their face, others have shorter stripes on their upper body. So, is this animal a tiger? It does not look like a cat.

Mayotte is a French oversea region island located between the African continent and the North-west end of Madagascar. In ancient times, many people came over to this area from Borneo – maybe they took a few tiger cubs with them..?

トラは先が丸い耳と縞のあるしっぽと、明るい黄色の色が特徴!というのを学習したのですが、ではこの切手の動物は?Founga catという名前がついているようですが、猫じゃないよね、耳が丸いし。

この切手が発行されたマヨットは、アフリカの東に浮かぶマダガスカルと大陸の間にある島で、フランスの海外領地です。マダガスカルやその周辺の島嶼には、紀元3世紀ごろからかなりの長い時間をかけて、東南アジアのボルネオ島などから多くの人が渡って米作を伝えたようですが、その時にボルネオ虎の子供が連れてこられたのでは?と想像をたくましくしてみました。

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