The Tough Life of a Feral Cat

IMG_7157As I walked up the path to Longwood Garden’s Peirce–du Pont House, I noticed a group of visitors looking into a wooded area as six large crows screamed violently overhead. They were attacking an owl tucked safely among the tree branches. Thanks to the guidance of a patient visitor, I was finally able to see it and take this photo. Several visitors mentioned seeing the owl over the next week.

But now the downside. Belin, the resident house cat, had a puncture wound on his neck that had been shaved and treated by a vet. Owls, I learned by a Google search, will attack cats for food, but are only able to carry off kittens. Adult cats, especially over-sized cats like Belin, are too heavy.

I think I know what happened. I hope the owl is still healthy but wiser from the experience. Belin’s good nature only extends to people.  Life is tough for owls, too.


About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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