We have 5 outdoor farm cats. They do a great job of keeping the mice down to a minimum. However...
The thing about cats, they are equal-opportunity hunters.
In their small, determined minds -- a mouse is as good as a Meadowlark -- even though they are fully aware -- I'm thrown into a panic whenever I see one of the them has been successful in catching a bird.
Yesterday, my husband was sitting at the dining room table and looking out one of the large picture windows. He calmly commented, "one of the cats has something yellow..."
Aaack! How could he be so nonchalant? I immediately thought Tuki had captured another goldfinch, so I flew into action.
Ripping open the back door, I scanned the brown landscape for a hint of yellow.
It was Howie this time, with an adult Meadowlark in his mouth. Goddammit.
While he ran across the yard, headed towards one of the spruce trees, I chased after him, all the while my eyes transfixed on the struggling bird in his small, but deadly jaws.
I grabbed Howie by the back of the neck and carefully removed the bird from his grasp. Turning the bird over in my hands, I did not see any puncture wounds or blood. That was a good thing, but by this time, all five cats are following me back towards the house, hoping and praying the Meadowlark would break free and drop to the ground for another round of "catch me if you can."
I quickly stepped inside the house, dodging two curious German Shepherds and two indoor house cats. I handed the Meadowlark to my husband while I went to grab my camera. (I mean, when would I get another opportunity like this?)
Despite being literally snatched from the jaws of death, he was ruffled and extremely unhappy.
Oops. Almost lost him.
After locking the cats into the garage, my husband took Mr. Meadowlark back to the pasture, where we trust he gathered his dignity and strength and flew away.
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