Paws For A Smile

This is my blog dedicated to (mostly cute) animal stories and related pictures in the news. I am would be especially interested to find animal news stories from outside the U.K. Send me your stories !!!

Friday, December 29, 2006

Cat vs Bear - Only One Winner

This story came up on one of those end-of-year trivia things on a BBC blog, and it's fantastic ! For me it's the photo that makes this story though :

Tabby cat terror for black bear (BBC News 10/06/2006)

A black bear got more than it bargained for after straying into a family garden in the US state of New Jersey.
The unwelcome intruder was forced up a tree - twice - by the family pet, a tabby cat called Jack.
The terrified bear was only able to make its escape when owner Donna Dickey called the hissing cat into the house.
Ms Dickey said Jack liked to keep a close watch on his territory and often chased away small animals, but one of this size was a first.
"We used to joke, 'Jack's on duty', never knowing he'd go after a bear," Donna Dickey told local newspaper The Star-Ledger.
"He doesn't want anybody in his yard," she added.
The bear was first spotted in the tree by neighbours who thought the 15lb (7kg) cat was just looking up at it.
They then realised the bear was afraid of the cat.
After some 15 minutes, the bear descended, but was chased up another tree, before finally making its escape when Jack was called indoors.
Bear sightings are not unusual in the area of West Milford in New Jersey, which experts say is one of the state's most bear-populated areas.

What an awesome photo !!! Look at how high that big bear is up that really tall tree (he must be really scared), and if you look closely you can see the tiny ginger form of Jack the Tabby at the bottom !

This confirms my (and many other people's) belief that cats only choose to live with us because they want to ...

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