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Posing with a kitten.

The school girl in the remote Cambodian village was playing with one of many stray kittens. Cats – especially females with three-colored fur – have a special significance to the Royal Palace and are present in the kings’ coronation ceremonies. They are believed to bring prosperity to the entire Cambodian nation.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Cambodia
Camera: NIKON D750
Copyright: © Sami Plapis