… has disappeared. This sweet little guy,
our “sweet potato” – that is what “El Camote” means [as he’s on the one hand ever so sweet and also reddish, as a sweet potato] – has not shown up for some time – about a month, actually – now. At the end of March we were in Fredericksburg [Texas Hill Country] for a long weekend and, as usual, good friends of ours took care of our animals. And when we came back, El Camote just wasn’t around any longer. And he has not yet re-appeared. It has happened before that we haven’t seen him for three or four days, but never for as long as now. We don’t know what might have happened to him. If Pepper, the dominant tomcat that showed up around here about 9 month ago, might have chased him off? Or maybe a cojote or an owl got him? Or a rattler or a javalina? Country living here in southern Texas can be dangerous, can’t it? Anyway, we don’t think he got run over on the highway since we didn’t see any evoidence of that upon our return. And we also don’t believe that he has just wandered off. Well, whatever has happened to him: we’re really sad.
And this here is what he looked like when he came to us:
And that’s how – early in 2008 – he happened to come to us: One morning, Melissa, our cleaning-woman, came and told Mary that she had seen a little kitty sitting smack-dab in the middle of the highway. And after some deliberation – they didn’t want to go back and possibly only see a dead kitten – the two of them did go back and there he was still: in the middle of highway 181, just were Calvert Ave. branches off and where there’s some kind of traffic island painted on the road. He had not moved from that spot yet. The way he looks [with his scratches and road rash on his nose and elsewhere in his face] someone just seems to have thrown him out of a moving car. And besides the road rash he might also have had a concussion, which, as it is, might very well have saved his life, as he was probably too dazed to move out of that spot and across the heavily travelled highway. Well, the two of them picked him up and ever since he has stayed with us – up to his recent disappearance.
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