Thank you for catch­ing the genets

Grocott's Mail - - OPINION AND ADVICE -

I no­ticed a strange look­ing “cat” out­side my bed­room win­dow a few nights ago. It ate the food for a cat I’ve been feed­ing. I spoke to Lyn Grant who runs the Feral Cat so­ci­ety and she agreed that we should try and catch this “cat”. In the mean­time I spoke to Dr Bren­dan Cole at Gra­ham­stown Ve­teri­nary Clinic about this an­i­mal and he sug­gested that it might a genet.

Dr Cole men­tioned that he would come and col­lect it at any time and re­lease it in the Co­leridge re­serve. A cat trap was set up on my ve­ran­dah by Lyn. Later that night I checked the trap and dis­cov­ered that the “cat” was in­deed a genet! Dr Cole came im­me­di­ately and took the genet to the re­serve where it was re­leased.

A week later a sec­ond, smaller genet ap­peared on the ve­ran­dah.

Once again I ar­ranged with Lyn Grant to bring the cat trap and this genet was also caught. Dr Cole came to col­lect it and I was for­tu­nate to go with him to the re­serve and ob­serve its re­lease into the wild.

I’m re­ally grate­ful to Lyn Grant and Dr Cole for go­ing the ex­tra mile in en­sur­ing that these genets were re­turned to their nat­u­ral habi­tat.

Thank you.

Mary Bowker

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