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.

RWalck@Verizon.net

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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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