Wildlife around the Mystery Hole
On a hot August afternoon in 2005, the pond was visited by this garter snake—the only snake sighting in my yard in at least 20 years. Haven’t seen one
"The domestic cat is a recent addition to the Felidae, evolving about 7,000
years ago probably as a relative of the African wild cat. Domestication
coincided with [human’s] shift from nomadic life to permanent settlement around
5000 B.C. The resulting agriculture and subsequent storage of grain attracted
rodents which in turn attracted cats. Cats are known to have been
domesticated in Egypt by 2000 B.C."
The above specimen was named after Boo Radley of To Kill a
, due to her shyness. Boo was free-roaming for an unknown
period before settling in at the Mystery Hole in 1997 for the rest of her life.
This is what she’s sitting on:
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