Monday, June 15, 2009

There is good news...and bad news...

The good news? We have baby birds! We have had swallows take up residence in three of our bird houses this year. When we walk by the tidy aerial abodes, we can hear faint rustling and meager pre-chirps. The parents have been hard at work swooping in and out to bring food to each other and the babies. Extra unmated males are helping out as well, and sometimes there are three adults hovering around one house at a time.

The bad news? Striper Striper the Wonder cat tried to scale the pole to reach the babies in this houseand hung himself by the toes in the fence wire and had to be rescued. Not only was he hanging upside down by his feet, he was hanging so that a line of barbed wire was crossing his open mouth. The corners of his mouth were bloody on both sides. He had three bleeding claws, and one looked twisted. None of the three would retract. He was none too happy! We will know soon from the vet if we have to remove any claws, and whether toe bones are broken. I doubt he will be attempting to climb bird poles again...Quite the adventurer, this cat...

UPDATE: no broken bones! no lasting damage. no claw removal. However, the vet said he is now one life down, so that puts him at 8 or less. And he has to take antibiotics and stay indoors for a week. Even more miraculous (almost): vet visit, updated rabies shot, bottle of antibiotics - $24.00 total cost! Of course, I said a very humble thank you to the Heavenly Father for this blessing. Striper, Striper the Wonder Cat...

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