Hershey, The Cat Formally Known as The Lion King, belongs to our neighbors, the Letitias. Two years ago, for reasons known only to the parties involved, Hershey became the subject of an intense, relentless obsession by one male mockingbird, a.k.a. The Lunatic.
This bird defies any rational explanation; he expends a bazillion calories harassing Hershey for sessions that last twenty minutes or more and occur 4-5 times a day. By any conservative estimate, he dive bombs Hershey at least 25-35 times per session, for a total of some 120-140 attacks per day. The attacks have an audio track: he screams constantly during every one of them. No game theory could explain the amount of time this bird devotes to torturing Hershey. How much food does he have to find to account for all of this energy loss?
There are five other outdoor cats around our house and yard and the immediate area. I have NEVER seen this bird attack any of the other cats. Not once.
A long time ago Hershey just gave up worrying about the crazy bird. He can sleep with the mockingbird picking up his tail (yes, it happens every day) or riding his back or screaming ten inches off the back of his head. You should know The Lunatic never goes after Hershey's face or eyes, and I have inspected Hershey's tail and back, the target area, and there are no injuries. As you can see from the photos, Hershey never flinches during any of this. I'm beginning to think he secretly enjoys the fuss, most of the time.
Hang in there, Hershey.
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All photos made with the Nikon D700 and the 200 f/2 VR lens, with the exception of the very last one, which was made with the D300 and the 200VR.
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