The evening kill

The cats need an outlet after being cooped up all day. They are very active before their evening meal and mildly active after. After a day of snoozing, it’s to be expected.

Here is Xylo the cat in ecstasy as he takes down a kill, before midnight.

I can feel his canines clamp into position and gently apply enough pressure to pin the hand but not enough to tear the skin.

He is skillful, this one.

The cats get drowsy midway through the night sometimes and then become active once again at dawn – by sitting on my chest, unblinkingly, and vocally demand for food.


Long weekend’s over, animal behaviour presentations beckon

Mr Bats the Cat detects my rousing and awaits breakfast. It’s time to evaluate 40 animal behaviour proposals in preparation for the four-hour session which begins at 10am later.

Students present a three-minute elevator pitch about the wild animal species they propose to study, their research question, study site and method.

We’ll listen and suggest refinements. Everything can change at this point and also when they begin their field work. This initial effort, however, clarifies the mind and enhances their situational awareness.
And from March they present their findings in a symposium. We look forward to being informed.