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01 March 2014 @ 11:47 pm
Still laughing, twelve hours on.  
I let Ziggy out into the back yard this morning when I went out to hang a load of washing, thinking he couldn't come to any harm while I was there to watch him. He headed to the side fence and tracked alongside it to the back corner, keeping under the cover of the bushes, all the while being quite vocal about the experience.

And then the Noisy Miners found him, and set up an Intruder Alert. In less than a minute there were close to 50 of these birds sitting in the bushes around Ziggy and screaming. A couple of butcher birds joined in, followed by a magpie, and the back fence was lined by sacred ibis all wondering what the fuss was about.

Ziggy finally broke cover and made a bee-line for the back door, belly low to the ground while the birds darted and swooped above him, dive-bombing him to make sure he got the message. Once he reached me I snatched him up, laughing fit to kill. What was that all about? He's supposed to be the cat, they're the birds!
Current Mood: gigglygiggly
Trepkos: Faggottrepkos on March 1st, 2014 07:43 pm (UTC)
Haha! I once saw our fearsome moggy put to similar flight by a single blackbird!

Edited at 2014-03-01 07:43 pm (UTC)
miwahni: Cats Zig and Bodie headsmiwahni on March 2nd, 2014 09:06 am (UTC)
Yep, that's brave. *g*. In Ziggy's defence, it was the first time he'd ever gone outside.
Newsy: model kittynewsy891 on March 2nd, 2014 02:45 am (UTC)
Awww poor kitty! I would've loved to watch that. Miners are funny little things.
miwahni: Cats Zig and Bodie fullmiwahni on March 2nd, 2014 09:06 am (UTC)
It was hilarious! (does that make me a mean person? Laughing at my cat? *g*)
mrua7mrua7 on March 2nd, 2014 02:57 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh, bet he won't venture into the yard again for a while. Even though he's the cat, he's smart enough to know when he's outnumbered.
miwahni: Cats Zig and Bodie fullmiwahni on March 2nd, 2014 09:07 am (UTC)
Mate he's dumb as a log. It's not stopped him from trying to get out every time I've gone near the back door since.
sunray45: Catssunray45 on March 2nd, 2014 03:04 am (UTC)
Those Noisy Miners are a damn nuisance. Our cat just had to walk out the front door and there'd be a whole flock of the screeching things kicking up a fuss. They're not very good at parenting either. Had a pair build this tiny nest in our avocado tree, and it was only big enough for two eggs, so of course the hatchlings fell out.

Poor Ziggy! His walk in the garden didn't turn out to be a peaceful stroll. Give him a cuddle from me.
miwahni: Cats Zig and Bodie headsmiwahni on March 2nd, 2014 09:09 am (UTC)
I'm rather fond of the Noisy Miners, even though they can be real bullies. Didn't know they were rotten parents though.
I'd give Ziggy a cuddle but he'd probably rip my face off. Not a cuddly cat, that one. Will settle for a snuggle and a pat.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMO] GRINdraycevixen on March 2nd, 2014 04:16 am (UTC)

They have these birds here they call Blue Jays that terrorize any animal and half the adults foolish enough to venture in to their territory when they're nesting. I'm glad Ziggy got out with his fur intact if not his dignity. *g*
miwahni: Boosh Setting fire to hammersmiwahni on March 2nd, 2014 09:10 am (UTC)
Magpies here are like that, and in nesting season they can make your life a misery if you have to venture into their territory. It's not uncommon to see kids walking to school wearing bike helmets covered with cable ties, like tiny hedgehogs on their heads.