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The cat and the squirrel – story of a bad choice

The cat is lying in the sun on the steps of the backdoor overlooking the garden. Eyes half closed it is enjoying the warmth, wagging the very end of its tail sometimes.


By Detlef. Licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

A squirrel appears with fast movements, looking here, checking there for things eatable. The cat is alert immediately, rises to its feet slowly , approaches the unsuspecting squirrel, crouches down and – attacks.


By Detlef. Licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

The squirrel has just enough time to jump away and to reach the nearest tree. It climbs up quickly – but, alas: the cat follows and with just one jump is half up the tree. Which irritates the squirrel so very much that it turns, runs down the other side of the tree trunk and tries to hasten across the lawn into the thicket of the bushes.

Bad choice! In the grass the cat is much faster and within seconds it is upon the squirrel and kills the poor animal. Very quickly at least, not the torturous game the cat plays with the mice.

The cat puts the dead squirrel in front of the steps of the backdoor, into the bright sunlight and waits for someone to come out and praise its deed.

Yes, this is a very social cat.

 

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