Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Cat Stuck in a Tree. Call the Fire Department? Not This Time.



By Jim Godwin

    
“Yeah, you got your dead cat….” An excerpt from “Dead Skunk” by Loudon Wainwright III.



    Eufaula NWR lies along the Chattahoochee River straddling Alabama and Georgia in the lower southern quarter of the state. The refuge is largely a pattern of open fields maintained for wildlife, some wooded sections, and a series of ponds and ditches that are seasonally flooded. Connecting this heterogeneous landscape matrix is a graveled road system that is divided into a “winter” and “summer” route. The opening or closing of gates dictates which route may be driven.


As we were driving a stretch of the winter route that passes between open fields we approached a couple of leafless hardwoods. As we drew nearer to the trees we noticed an object lodged in the branches near the top of one of the trees, at a height of perhaps 40 feet up. 

    We stopped, pulled out binoculars to take a closer look. Huh? How in the world did a bobcat come to be draped in a fork of a tree at nearly the highest point of the tree?

    Climb? Doesn’t seem reasonable due to the small size of 
the branches and for what purpose, to pursue a bird or other prey? 

    If the cat did not climb what other explanations can be put forth?

    How about it readers, is this a hoax? Do you think I photoshopped the images (if you do your opinion of my photoshopping abilities is greater than mine)? Do you think I staged it?

Or,

    Do you think this is for real and an interesting quirk of the natural world? If so, what’s your opinion or explanation? Let’s hear ‘em.

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