images of wild geese
in the freezing wind
-- Jerry Ball, Walnut Creek
I was walking on my street in Danville the other day and noticed a lizard totally stuck in a glue trap on the sidewalk -- all four of its feet, tail, tummy, etc. Only its eyes were blinking.
I rushed it to Lindsay Wildlife Museum and they were able to unglue it, clean it and release it. Another wonderful plug for Lindsay; I hope people continue to donate to them for all the wondrous work that they do.
Lorna Lasky, Danville
If you know anyone or any company that uses those nasty, diabolical, inhumane torture traps, please complain loudly.
I know of many other snakes, lizards, wild birds, frogs and at least one kitten that have been stuck in those fiendish contraptions.
Yes, thank God for Lindsay, especially for their help with local wildlife at times like this.
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Responses to my Sunday column about Tut the cat getting old:
Chloe is now getting close to 18. She falls sometimes, but her eyes are bright and loving and she is patient with us as we try to help her. She reminds us when it is time for her meals and her favorite is ravioli, or any kind of pasta, and salmon if she can get it! She is very stylish in her red body support/harness with a handle on the back to help us help her when she needs it.
My favorite picture is of Bill walking her, but Chloe is stretched out on the sidewalk, in the sun, "resting." Bill is holding the leash, looking a little perplexed. Hold Tut close and remember to wake him for dinner! (xxoo Susan, Walnut Creek)
You should have told Diane from Danville that hawks have to eat too.
1. Hawks are programmed to eat other animals. If not birds, it's rodents, frogs, and snakes.
2. The hawk probably does a lot less damage to the songbird population than neighborhood cats.
3. Doves are hardly an endangered species. And besides, dove hunters kill far more doves than hawks.
4. Not many songbirds die of old age anyway. Between cats, hawks, owls, and people, a typical songbird is probably lucky to last five years.
Diane is being too sentimental -- Mother Nature is not the Good Witch Glinda.
Mother Nature is all things to all people.
Diane knows that hawks have to eat, too. She just happens to care about her backyard bird friends. There's nothing wrong with being sentimental. Try it sometime. You might like it.
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