SNN (ScrollingNetworkNews) ✿ ✿ Our Mel and Sydney returned to their nesting box with plenty of bonding occurring..but after 2.5 months of Sydney in the box from Dec 2013 to mid Feb 2014, the lack of prey gifts from Mel ( perhaps due to the severe and historic drought underway in California)and they have forgone the nesting process this year as many other raptors ✿ Compared to other owls of similar size, the Barn Owl has a much higher metabolic rate, requiring relatively more food. Pound for pound, Barn Owls consume more rodents – often regarded as pests by humans – than possibly any other creature. ✿ We remind viewers that sometimes owlets may not survive - the parents will dispose of things in "The Owl Way" -viewer discretion is advised, this is nature and the "Owl way". ✿ ~ ✿ “Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.” ― Gary Kowalski, The Souls of Animals ✿ Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius." ~ E.O. Wilson

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Dennis the menace

The ultimate cat burglar. When people living in Luton found items of their clothing and small toys missing they wondered who might have taken them.

 Playfully nicknamed Denis the Menace by his victimized neighbors, the cat's kleptomania began when he was just a kitten. He stole a sock from a neighbor the first week he was ever let out of the house at just six months old.

 In just a month from that first stealth operation, Denis' sock pile grew to more than five, and soon doubled in size. His largest prize to date is a bath towel and his most expensive is a Fred Perry polo shirt. On one memorable occasion he took a woman's sandal from a garden on a neighboring street -- and then returned a week later to pinch the other one. 'I tracked down the lady who lost her sandals and Denis would have had to scale five 6 feet-high fences to get there and back," Newman keeps the pilfered items -- now numbering over a 100 -- in boxes, just in case anyone arrives at her door to claim ownership.

 "I have never tried to stop his behavior, I would much rather him bring objects into the house than dead animals," Newman told the Sun. "He normally leaves them outside the front door but sometimes he will bring them up to my bed while I am asleep. He obviously thinks all these items are prey. "