“Look, Tigger, a Bug! Can we catch it?”
“Not unless it comes inside the screen, Leo.”
“What kind of bug is it?”
“Why, I believe it’s the caterpillar of a Banded Tussock Moth, one with a yellow tint, Leo.”
“Is it good to eat?”
“Those hairs don’t look too appetizing. I much prefer them when they grow up.”
“Like that moth you caught the other day here inside the porch?”
“Yes. Mmm, crunchy!”
In other cat-news, our local zoo, the Cape May County Zoo, has successfully bred their pair of Snow Leopards, and this past week we went to see the cubs, who are out on view.
They were born in May, and are already the size of a Bobcat each. This was the only in-focus picture I could get because my auto-focus camera kept focusing on the cage wires. They’re very cute, and play a lot like Tigger and Leo, biting each other’s tails, running, climbing and wrestling. They also like to jump on Mom, but cautiously. When it was time for them to go inside, the keepers came into the cage (after getting Mom into her own shelter) and approached the cubs, who snarled and hissed, they didn’t want to go in! The keepers each were able to grab them by the scruff of the neck without much fuss, but as Ellen says, “Bet they won’t be able to do that much longer…” You can read more about them HERE.