Kremenchuk is an industrial city of 230,000 people in central Ukraine. During World War II, the Nazis went about the systematic destruction of the place and some of its people: 90% of the buildings were leveled and most of the city’s substantial Jewish population was wiped out. Today, there is a complete lack of old buildings, a lot of newer apartment towers … and … wild cats.
During his Spring 2010 visit to Kremenchuk, Paul Puzzello (a “cat person” himself) photographed these urban animals as they slept, observed him, offered themselves for petting, ran away as he approached, or ate whatever food he gave.
In cities that are losing population, like Kremenchuk or Camden, urban animals are coming back / taking over, whether they’ve historically been in a place or have been introduced by residents who left and left their animal(s) behind. For more on this, go to: http://www.delicious.com/onesmallproject/urban.animals
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