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Opening Arguments


My brother Larry e-mailed me a photo he took of a ring-tailed cat, the first one he's seen since he's lived in Texas. This mammal of the raccoon family (the cat, not my brother) is native to arid regions of North America and is also known the miner's cat, because miners and settlers once kept pet ringtails to keep their cabins free of vermin.

Larry says it makes a sound like a bark but not quite like a dog's. Something had scared it up onto the stone columns of his deck, and Larry's cat Bubba yowled at it, so it just clung there and barked. According to Wikipedia, the ringtail is easily tamed and can make an affectionate pet. Maybe Bubba needs a friend, Larry.

Posted in: All about me


Bob G.
Tue, 12/29/2009 - 10:24am

Now that pretty cool...!

Makes me wonder if they can trained to walk on a leash...and could they make good "watch cats"...LOL!
Great picture...I want one of those buggers!

Larry Morris
Tue, 12/29/2009 - 12:56pm

We already have one lazy critter around (2 if you count me, and 3 if you count you when you're down here), I don't think we need another. Besides, the way Bubba was pacing back and forth and licking his chops, I don't think he had friendship in mind - if you know what I mean, ...

Tue, 12/29/2009 - 6:44pm

Back in West Virginia, that thing would have become the next day's soup. And a car antenna decoration. Or, possibly, a brother-in-law. Who knows?

tim zank
Tue, 12/29/2009 - 9:04pm

My money's on brother-in-law. Or maybe "life-partner".