At last the lovely sunny weather has arrived, but you wouldnt know it cause it was coming down in buckets all day today.... I know this, because I have been sitting here in the snug window, watching the aforementioned rain whilst (really) watching out out for a certain big white moggy who wont take the hint!
The reason I'm stuck here in limbo, incarceration, quarantine (call it what you will) is on account of my claw fight with a neighboorhood imposter who had the gall to repeatedly step on my patch of turf. Over the past three weeks I've been spraying and spraying to warn him to stay away,but ohhh noo, he didn't take heed did he ....well this show down had been on the scratching post for months.
It all came to a head Friday last. And now, here I am like the prisoner in Behan's jail, trussed up in this stupid headdress, cum bonnet so kindly loaned me by the Vet. And since I've got this extra time on my paws I thought I'd relate to you, dear reader, the story.
I lay dozing in the shade of my favourite pine when I saw, out the corner of my eye (as y'do), strolling casually down MY garden path, a big white beast of a moggy. To cut a long story short, I kept watching and he (the upstart!) began to nestle down in MY borage patch.
Well, I jumped up and trotted over for a closer peek and then when he saw me the 'I'm not budging' standoff began.
Twenty minutes later, we're still stood staring there, growling, muewing and hissing at each other. 'White Body Black Tail' as I like to call him, but my humans think of as 'Patch' (for obvious, unimaginative reasons), was slowly realising the error of his ways...
The final straw was his lunge at my face as he passed me, I turned swiftly and ran down the path in chase, but he was as fast as me and made the six foot fence in ten bounds. The Imposter was defeated but I was in one of those frisky moods, having been forced into spending the whole day in the garret.... and I followed upwards just for the heck of it. My sharp claws digging in to the old wood to help my climb.... Sadly, I then slipped (hope no one was watching) and (it tuns out) ripped a claw off in the process. Oh the pain... I strolled back home proud but bowed.
'White Body Black Tail' was gone but I had paid the price. For my sins the kindly (not) Vetinary Nurse presented me with a spring bonnet and slipped it on without my consent. Oh how I absolutely loathe it. The damn wound is itching like crazy and I can't now get to lick it better.
Forest wardens in India's Gujarat state have rescued a three-year old leopard which had fallen into an open well. The leopard is the second of its kind to be rescued in the area this week, highlighting the growing problem of creatures loosing their habitat and having to stray into populated areas for food.
The distressed leopard was finally winched to safety after many hours of incarceration and trauma. The animal was tranquilised using a dart after its struggles against a noose round its belly were thought to be harming the animal.
Eventually the three-year-old animal was lifted from the water and hauled onto a wooden frame by a team of eight wardens in the village of Aambaliya.
It is said that the Leopard is becoming India's Urban Fox as incidents such as this are growing in frequency as shrinking natural habitats forces more of these big cats to venture into human territory. They approach settlements where they are tempted to prey on domestic livestock including dogs, pigs and goats, and of course they will always be in need of a drink of water.
Leopards were once common across all of southern Asia but have been recently classified (since 2008) as 'near threatened' by International Union for Conservation of Nature. In May 2010, the Wildlife Protection Society of India estimated that at least 3,189 leopards were killed in the country since 1994.
Norman and I are pleased the animal was freed from his ordeal but feel that incarcerating him in the local zoo (and not setting him free) was a little uncalled for. However we have no knowledge of affairs in this region and so hope the leopard is given a large home in which to live.