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The Whitehurst Diaries: The [Mis]Adventures of Willis the Cat
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By Sharon Whitehurst
Jim has waged a long battle with the Pellyton possums who delight in raiding the melon patch. The malodorous, marauding melon-munchers have an uncanny way of knowing when a melon is on the cusp of perfect juicy ripeness.
Greedy creatures that they are, sampling one melon is seldom sufficient.
Jim live-trapped one large offender and trundled it off to a remote location where no one would think of gardening. There was a lull when a few melons ripened unmolested, than evidence of another poacher was detected, this one apparently wily enough to avoid the trap.
Last evening I switched on the front porch light to reveal a young possum stuffing its face from the dish of cat kibble we had forgotten to bring inside. Jim chased it into the darkness outside the circle of yellow light.
Tonight he set up the hav-a-hart trap on the porch.
I had misgivings about this, well-founded when I discovered Willis sitting wedged in the trap.
He mewed pathetically, disclaiming any responsibility for his plight. When Jim appeared, the feline cries for help were racheted up several notches and body language seemed to indicate the awareness that deliverance was at hand.
When the trap was released Willis backed out rather ungracefully, shook down his tweedy coat and stalked off in a state of testy chagrin.
Perhaps we need to adjust our view of Willis as the epitome of feline intelligence.
This story was posted on 2016-08-19 06:50:11
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