I missed the Caturday farewell last week, and I am eager for Southern Dragon to have days off and a most well-deserved day of rest from his diligent labors all wek at FDL. Like the other regular posters, he has created a special kind of community through his efforts, but I am going to miss our day of sharing all things critter, and especially tiger, kitteh and cat.
Not to step on his toes or be morose over the matter, I am hoping perhaps we can (as a community) take on a shared responsibility, a bit like happens with PUAC, to continue our tradition of Sunday communion to celebrate the four-leggeds (and some birds) we love and feed and share stories of the beauties of nature and the joy they bring to our lives.
Sometime recently, a cougar kitten had become a familiar sight at The Black Hole, our family business in Los Alamos. It seemed to be an orphan and at about 20 pounds, it was really too young to be on its own. And, plus also. it would not remain safe there if it grew up in too-close proximity to hoomans.
Enter a box, a string and a pork chop. Yes, that trick we all tried as children was employed to capture the little guy, and he was relocated to a refuge in a distant National Forest where he will be nurtured without human contact until he is old enough to be released to the wild.
That’s my story of the week. Our cat enclosure is essentially finished now, and the cats have been able to venture outdoors again, we hope more safe now than before, from random dogs. I can’t hang out much and host as (un)Occupy ABQ is holding out at a foreclosed home at the moment. I’ll try not to end up in jail again, but I can’t say for sure. What say you? Got any creature tales of comfort and joy that you want to share this week?