Happy International Cat Day! Get your feline fix with these vintage photos of big cats in action.
1. BIG CAT STARE DOWN
June 1928: In the same cage, a lion and a tiger are outstaring each other.
2. JUST A DOG AND HIS BOXER PALS
1950: A lion shares a cage with some boxers.
3. LION VS. LEOPARD
A woman circus performer, dressed in a leopard skin gladiator costume, places her head in a lion's mouth. (Date unknown.)
4. A VERY TIRED LEOPARD CUB
1935: A Leopard cub in a cage at the zoo.
5. PUMA BINGE-WATCH
1955: Kiba, a South American puma sleeping in the front room of her master's home, while the family watches television.
6. LOUNGING LION
1930: A lion lies on a couch while his trainer kneels beside him.
7. GIVE A CAT A BONE
June 1956: A three-month-old tiger cub abandoned by her mother at birth tackles a bone at the London Zoo.
8. A LITTLE R&R
1939: Habiba, a 10-year-old lion at Chessington Zoo in Surrey, relaxes while keeper Hans Brick manipulates its hind legs.
9. GAME ON
February 1937: The game hunter, Mr Gandar-Dower, and one of the cheetahs which he brought back to Hackbridge Kennels, Surrey, from Kenya.
10. BATH TIME
1940: Melvin Koaants cleaning the African Lion at Los Angeles Zoo.
11. BE TRUE TO YOUR TEETH
December 1936: George 'Tornado' Smith cleaning the teeth of his pet lioness, Briton, at the Kursaal amusement park in Southend, Essex. Smith is a stunt motorcycle rider on the wall of death sideshow at the park and Briton features in his act, riding in a sidecar.
12. WINSTON CHURCHILL'S MEETING WITH A LION CUB
July 1943: British wartime prime minister Winston Churchill with his wife Clementine holding a lion cub during a trip to London Zoo.
13. TIGER WEIGH-IN
July 1960: Frank Meakins weighs Doreen and Julie, twin tiger cubs, born at the Whipsnade Zoo, in May.
All photos and captions courtesy of Getty Images.