Welcome back, warriors! I hope you’re all keeping safe, well and enjoying the (intermittent) sunshine. The newsletter this month will update you on our brand-new youth club (which has been fantastic) and will also take a close look at our feline friend, the extremely loveable Leo. For those of you that don’t know, Leo is the only cat we have at the farm. He’s a 7-year-old, black and white (or bicolour), male. He has been at the farm since he was a kitten and was born in July 2013, making him 8 pretty soon! Leo is the friendliest cat you’ll ever meet but despite his unfailing love for his hooooomans, and his resident bunny and rodent companions, he is an excellent hunter with an amazing ability to differentiate between his friends and food. All cats are renowned for being good hunters, and the top of the rural-life food chain, but why are they so good at hunting? This post will explore the ways in which a cat’s body enables them to rise to top and we will take a look at Leo in action (don’t worry, he will be hunting his toys, not actual live rodents and rabbits).
EDIT* most cats are good hunters, despite being wild and turning up at the farm one day, our old cat Jess was a rubbish hunter and would often squabble with Leo for left overs. At other times, she would bring you something that was already dead, claiming it to be her kill and meowing with pride, before placing her weeks-long-deceased find at your feet… Thanks, Jess…
The new animals that I introduced you all to last week are settling in really well, and after voting on it, we decided to name the two female degus Phil(lis) & Lil – any 90’s kids like myself and their parents will remember the Rugrats TV show that was on both Nickelodeon and our front room TV daily. The reference however is lost on The Island Project’s young people! But, the girls are settling in very well and are enjoying life at the farm, poking their noses out to greet young people and staff, and chattering amongst themselves for most of the day. And, Arthur and Harry the chinchillas are still the bestest of friends, they’re literally inseparable.
Did you know that you can directly sponsor our animals? If you have a favourite animal, then why not sponsor them and help us to maintain excellent levels of care from as little as £5 a month?! It’s the most effective way to support us, and your money really does go a long way.