“Thanks for rescuing the kitten” shouted Monique out of the car window as she passed me in the lane. “So glad its ok” I shouted back, this was the first I had heard about its fate and I continued on my way, happy in the knowledge that all’s well that ends well, when it struck me to wonder how on earth she knew about my involvement in the incident.
I was putting out the recycling box at the end of our lane, when my distracted mind registered the sound of a cat crying in the hedge over the road, it wasn’t until I was getting back in the car (longish way to the end of our lane) that my brain engaged and I realised that this was a bit unusual.
Sighing wearily, I exited the car, crossed the road and peered into the hedge much to the interest of passing traffic. The road at the end of the lane is a country road, but fairly busy at that time of the day. After spending some time talking to the hedge in a coaxing and wheedling fashion, it rewarded my efforts by suddenly expelling a wild eyed and bristling tabby kitten. I tried to pick it up, “no way” it yowled and fled back to the spikey embrace of the hedge.
Well I was involved now and couldn’t leave the ungrateful thing to its own paranoid devices and the dangers of the busy evening road, so I had another word with the hedge and this time when the kitten eventually appeared I managed to herd it some way up a much quieter side road. Where I gently tried to convince it that there was nothing scary about me. Every time I walked towards it, it ran away and jumped into the nearest hedge, it certainly loved hedges. Every time I walked away it jumped out of the hedge and ran towards me crying “don’t leave me, don’t leave me.” That kitten is one conflicted animal. Eventually I had to leave it, it was getting dark!
I had done all I could but hours later was still worried about the annoying little beast. On the way home I had asked my nearest neighbour if she had lost a kitten, she asked someone, who asked someone and eventually… happy ending! It took Monique hours to catch it though! The jungle drums of community in action, don’t you just love them?