Paws, claws, feathers and fins

Have you read Matthew Flinders book of his cat Trim - who seems to have a similar nature to Deckam’s cat?
Trim sits at Flinders feet in the statue outside the Mitchell Library.

Checking: how much does Casper weigh? Bob was 7+ kg most of his life.

He’s just under 10kg

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Dogs have owners, cats have staff.



Dogs come to you when you call them, cats take the message and get back to you.


I like to say - dogs have masters, cats have friends.


poor puss puss



The only appropriate end to that clip is the cat jumping on his hand and mutilating it.

seriously - cats can be just funny and weird


One of my mini leopards.


These are the two I’m hanging out with at the moment. First time I looked after them they were 16 months old. Now they’re nearly 9. Gorgeous boys :slight_smile:


Saw this fella having a shower in the rain 2 days ago and had another smaller one at our back door last night.


# Kangaroo rescued from mineshaft in Creswick forest near Ballarat

A lucky roo has been rescued from a mineshaft after spending nearly a week stuck near Ballarat.

Mark Firman and his dog “Buddy” went on a run through the Creswick Forest on Sunday morning when the dog suddenly veered off track.

He refused to leave a spot until his owner came over to investigate and then saw the cold, distressed half submerged kangaroo in the mine shaft, about 4m deep.

Mark called BADGAR Emergency Wildlife Rescue who sent over volunteers to rescue the exhausted roo.

media_cameraA dog spotted the roo which became stuck down an abandoned mineshaft in Creswick State Forest

BADGAR Emergency Wildlife Rescue volunteers Gary Ward and Michael Sari arrived at the scene and quickly began to carry equipment up the track, which was too slippery for a vehicle.

The roo was found to be suffering hypothermia and from a lack of food.

The 70kg male Eastern Grey Kangaroo had been scratching at the walls attempting to get out and went into shock once rescued.

“We were lucky the shaft wasn’t too deep for our ladders to get down,” Mr Ward said.

“There are hundreds of unmarked mineshafts in this area, you can’t see them, anyone could fall in.”

media_cameraThe rescue was a dedicated operation and race against time.

Between the three of them the roo was carried back to the car a few hundred meters away and secured on a stretcher.

Volunteers took him to the Hepburn Wildlife Shelter where Jon Rowdon and Gayle Chappell performed emergency treatment.

media_cameraThe roo was found to be suffering hypothermia and from a lack of food.

media_cameraVolunteers took him to the Hepburn Wildlife Shelter for emergency treatment.

Rescuers had to wash the roo and raise his temperature.

media_cameraRescuers had to wash the roo and raise his temperature.

The roo is now safe and well.

media_cameraThe roo is now safe and well.

The mud that had caked on over days of being trapped was washed off and helped to raise his temperature which was dangerously low.

Mr Sari says the signs of recovery are hopeful, and all thanks to a man and his dog out for a run in the right place.

“Upon first glance of him, we were very distressed at his futile situation,” he said.

“He was half submerged in freezing, muddy water and alert, so we held little hope for his survival,”

“This boy was one of the very few lucky ones.”


Heartwarming story. Very lucky roo.


I’ll bet he’ll always Roo the day he got shafted though.


New housemate - Trevor, in Toorak :slight_smile:


How good are cats in winter with their thick soft coats.


This one looks cute but was starting to worry us when she took up long term residence in a backyard peppermint gum. Squatted there for all but a handful of days for nearly six weeks, despite the presence of several manna gums nearby. We called out the Koala rescue but they said she was OK as she was eating and moving within the tree. But they eat something like a kilo of leaves a day and our concerns were shifting to the health of the tree. We were even contemplating wrapping a sheet of tin around the trunk next time she had a day trip(they do that in Coolart nearby). Two weeks ago she shifted, but not far. She was back for a few days last week but seems to have finally recognised the peppermint leaf pickings were getting slimmer. This is her in a very exposed tree about fifty metres away in the reserve at the back. Been there for 4 days, despite the wind and rain. Don’t know if she’s had a fright or is getting old or is just lazy, but round here they usually occupy a tree for one to three days and then bugger off for a month.

The original tree, she’s near the top.