The Story of Zeus
We adopted Zeus in October of 2007.
He was pretty cute. Jennifer, a fellow Peace Corps Volunteer a couple hours down the Inter-American Highway in Torti, had asked her community to look for an orange cat for her and she gotten Felix the year before. Then a neighbor brought her this tiny two week old orange kitten. She told her neighbor she already had a cat and this one was too small and should stay with its mother. Her neighbor explained the momma cat and the other kittens were eaten by dogs. This little guy survived.
He's a jungle kitty, a hunter. We fed him cat food, but I'd say a good half of his diet was made up of small animals. He loves lizards. One colder morning he brought in this:
This lizard was longer tip to tail than he was. The only reason were able to rescue it from him, was he could barely drag it. One time a horse wandered into our yard and I caught Zeus stalking the horse and the horse had noticed and was skiddish.
We'd generally let him eat the bugs, but if we caught him with bigger animals we'd try and save them. When we got the solar light it attracted these large beetles and Zeus loved it. He would eat them up like popcorn. In the morning there would be lots of little insect legs on the ground around the lamp.
It was a pretty traumatic experience taking him on his first chiva/bus/taxi/airplane ride all in a couple of days. I'll spare you the gritty details, but it involved yowling, thrashing and vomiting.
Now I guess we'll find out how he adjusts to moving to Valparaiso, Indiana. We'll have plenty of cardboard boxes to keep him busy.