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half a mouse [Nov. 1st, 2007|01:20 pm]
Roy Janik
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Back in the day (where "the day" is defined as 7 years ago) Joey the Lemur used to play fetch all the time. I would buy him toy mice from the store, and upon throwing one to him, he would: 1) bite off the tail, 2) remove all the fur within a few days, usually swallowing it, and 3) play fetch with me.

After moving to the Moonbase, there really wasn't enough distance anywhere, for him to get a good sprinting run up, so interest in playing fetch wained.

A few days ago I bought another packet of mice and busted them out. He didn't chew the tail off of the first one, but he did play fetch. He's not as good as he used to be, sometimes losing interest or just dropping the mouse halfway back, but he can still get pretty worked up about it. Clancy enjoys the mouse, too.

Another adorable thing is that whenever I'm not around, he'll sometimes drop the mouse into his food bowl. Why? Who knows.

It should have occurred to me that cats love toy mice so much because they're training to hunt and kill ACTUAL mice.

This morning, stepping out of the Moonbase, I found the front half of a mouse greeting me on the walkway, in roughly the same place as the massacred pigeon I found last week.

Yum.

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[User Picture]From: kbadr
2007-11-01 06:36 pm (UTC)
He's a hunter and living at the moonbase has introduced him to the world of hunting real live animals. He grows bored with your "felt" mice.
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[User Picture]From: yiddishsoul
2007-11-01 07:25 pm (UTC)
His full name is Joey the Lemur? I don't think I knew this. That's fantastic.
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2007-11-01 07:37 pm (UTC)
Yep!

Splendiforous Lemur!
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[User Picture]From: cailin23
2007-11-02 08:31 am (UTC)
he's friend to mankind.
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[User Picture]From: somabrak
2007-11-01 10:04 pm (UTC)
Our cat used to put her toy mice inside her water bowl. Every. Single. Day. It drove me nuts.
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[User Picture]From: rachaeldoss
2007-11-01 10:14 pm (UTC)
A few months back, Mr. Mike and/or Mama Kitty left a perfectly intact bird on our back porch. I mean, you couldn't see a puncture hole or blood or even a ruffled feather. It was like they said, "Go to sleep, bird," and then laid it out on the porch for us to find. It was SO CLEARLY a gift, that I felt guilty about throwing it away.

But what was I going to do with a generic gray bird???

I love the felines.
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[User Picture]From: dameaux
2007-11-02 12:25 am (UTC)
I have seen Joey seize upon fleeing mouse-flesh, and I have heard the death squeak.
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