Friday Cat Blogging – 11 June 2010

I took these pictures a couple of days ago. Both Inkblot and Domino were absolutely entranced by something in this bush in our backyard, but for the life of me I can’t figure out what it was. They stared, they got up on their hind legs and thought about climbing up the trunk, they meowed, they even ignored the camera. And me? I looked and looked and couldn’t see anything. Maybe it was a cleverly camouflaged green grasshopper. Or maybe it was something from the cat dimension. Hard to say.

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UPDATE: Aha! Turns out I wasn’t looking up high enough. But a few minutes ago Inkblot was outside looking entranced once again, and I found what he was looking at. Click for photographic evidence of nature red in tooth and claw.

It’s Friday rat blogging! Top left: the bush. Top right: the rat. Bottom left: Inkblot has been hauled into the house against his will and the rat begins to head to safety. Bottom right: Almost there! A few seconds later the rat made it to the ground and scurried off. Inkblot is inside sulking.

UPDATE: The consensus in comments is that this is a rat, not a mouse. Too bad. A mouse seems cuter somehow.

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