Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Big Hoppy Mouse

Sometimes it's hard to keep the natural and unnatural apart in my life.  I spent a few years as a wildlife carer, and any regular readers of this blog will know that Merrilyn, an eastern grey kangaroo I raised from a furless joey, still visits regularly and sees this place as home.  I also have two indoor cats.  They are Abyssinian, very dog like cats and they have the run of the house and a huge sunroom.  They are indoor only for two reasons: 1) They would kill as much as possible if they were allowed out. 2) They'd be killed quickly as they don't understand the dangers of brown snakes and goannas.  They are my dog substitutes as you can't have an indoor dog and as I love my wild visitors, (even roos I haven't raised come close to the house), and don't want them to be chased away.

Strange as it might seem, Simba, the aby and Merrilyn seem to have connected.  I tried to discourage it, as I don't want any kangaroo to think a cat is a friend as there are feral cats out there who might hurt if approached.  Still when it's summer and all solid doors are open, it's not possible if they want to say hello and Merrilyn doesn't go near any other humans so I'm thinking she won't go near any other cats.  They also don't say hi very often, but I have managed a few snaps when it has happened and I thought you might enjoy them.

Mum the big hoppy mouse is at the door!

Can she come in and play?

What's your name?

Just gotta love the animals!


  1. Gorgeous photos. I've never seen a real live kangaroo but your cats look quite happy in its company!

    CJ xx

  2. Oh, how I wish I had a great hoppy mouse for my cats to play with. Your abys are gorgeous!

  3. I agree with Deb, how amazing to be so close to nature it comes to you...

  4. I've lost a couple of cats to brown snakes. You know you can have an inside dog, you just need to pick the right breed. Failing that you could put in a small fenced dog yard out the back. I love my cats, but my dogs love me!

  5. Fantastic photos - and how fantastic that you have a regular kangaroo visitor.


  6. Awww these are great photos and such beautiful cats.

  7. Fab photos, you're so blessed to have these lovely animals share their lives with you :)

  8. I don't think there are many other blogs that have a kangaroo and cats in the same photo!


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