Saturday, September 06, 2008

Housecats?

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Robb and I are always interested in the intersection between the natural world, and the all the spaces we have paved and built up in the name of "development."

I recall reading about how the contaminated land around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor has become a haven -- albeit a potentially deadly one -- for wild animals. Wild boars and lynx have moved into abandoned villages.

And this morning I read about a family of bobcats taking advantage of an empty foreclosed home outside of Los Angeles. The bobcats and kittens are lolling around in the yard and on the walls, and possibly taking advantage of the koi ponds. Bobcats are not a threat to humans, so this family is being treated with interest, rather than fear.



The top photograph is the bobcat that Robb and I watched when we were tidepooling earlier this summer. The bottom image is by the cats' neighbor.

4 comments:

gollygee said...

So cute!!! Bobcats are so beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Last year I told my hubby that I saw a bobcat on a trail that I like to hike. He said I was crazy... here in Connecticut! Well... two weeks later, the local paper ran an article with actual pictures of sightings. Then we had a black bear hit by a car and several moose sightings this week. I feel like Connecticut has rejoined New England and that I am back in my beloved Vermont!!!

Bandaid

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Also, with increased development, there's less truly wild space for animals, and they end up venturing into humans' space more often.

Heather said...

A few years back, on my way home from work, I found an injured bobcat in the middle of HWY 1. Knowing full well that injured animals are dangerous, etc,etc, I popped her into the back of my hatchback and risked a speeding ticket to the nearest vet. I'll never forget how beautiful she was.

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