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    Posted: 12 July 2019 at 10:04
We should not forget that those nice cuddle purring things are still ruthless predators ...








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And this is actually a big contributor to the demise of birds in cities where cat owners let their cats loose in gardens and other green areas.
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Now we say "poor bird" but if the cat is caught (or hit) we will say "poor cat".
It's life i'm afraid. Nice shots Mirek.
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The bird is still alive.. and the Cat is not eating it..
She/He seems to do rather friendly with it
Nr. 2 seems very scary though.. and with the cat's tongue out and the bird shouting HELP ME it is taken just at the right moment.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MiPr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 July 2019 at 22:17
Thanks all. I know this is not "easy" subject in the sense that many people may be uneasy about it, but as Michele said: it's life I'm afraid.

The bird is alive for two reasons:

* The cat has 4 kittens (yepp, stray cat came and gave birth to 5 kittens in our backyard; one of them did not survive - just disappeared one day - again, it's life I'm afraid) and she brought the prey for children to "play" with it, but kittens were not interested at all.

* When she gave birth to kittens we decided to take care of them so went to vet to review whole family, cure all diseases (and get rid of any parasites). During review it turned out that she has almost no teeth (the vet said that it is quite common nowadays - some inflammation of gums which leads to loss of teeth) - she would not survive without humans feeding her because she would not be able to kill and eat any prey.

Anyway, the next day the sparrow was no more - probably caught by other stray cats ...
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OK, being a Leo I could get offended at that title ha ha____(tongue in cheek pls)
Now cats are animals, I believe that's what animals do. Sorry to hear it didn't have teeth, how sad 😢

I had a black cat, me and my daughter and he could come and go as it pleased. It knew where its food was. But he was our cat or we were his people
Every once in a while we would find a dead mouse at our front door in the morning, made us love the cat even more

the photos are perfect captures, so glad you took care of it
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Post Options Post Options   Quote SnowFella Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 July 2019 at 11:52
Bit confrontational indeed but well captured.

I'm a "cat person" having grown up with a family cat and also had my own indoors one before moving downunder.
Since then though I've come to realize just how much of a problem they are down here, pushing quite a few of our natives to the brink of going extinct!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MiPr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 July 2019 at 11:59
Thanks all :)

I would say that our house and backyard is an asylum for many different bird species (specially sparrows, which drive me crazy early in the morning - waking me up somewhere between 4 and 5 am), so I'm not astonished that cat managed to catch one of them, especially that this one seems to be a very young one - probably not experienced enough to avoid cats.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote SnowFella Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 July 2019 at 12:17
Be glad you didn't post the shots in my regular downunder FB birding groups, be a few thousand people calling for a "tar & feather" treatment in mere minutes!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MiPr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 July 2019 at 14:27
Tar - no probs, but err, where they will get feathers from? ;) :P
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mirthseeker Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 July 2019 at 03:40
Plenty of feathers in my chook run I'd happily donate. (hate cats, excuse the rant).
Cats are also primarily responsible for around 20 Mammal extinctions here. Animals like antichinus, betongs, bilbies, and bandicoots, (just to start alphabetically with ones still around,) have not evolved alongside extreme top predators like cats, which now infest all environments. Viable communities of some natives, once common, now only exist on cat free off-shore islands, and re-introduced into cat-exclusion fenced areas on the mainland. I can remember when bandicoots were quite common (and I'm not that old), of the 6 species, now only one is not on the extinct or threatened list in my state.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MiPr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 July 2019 at 07:53
Well, same story all over again - each time "stranger" animals are brought into environment they do not belong. Australia has quite good (or rather bad) experience with this I believe.
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