Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Animal: Cat vs. Alligator

All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it. ~ Samuel Butler

She was born in a wood pile, found by a real estate customer of mine, and given to me. Miko, our cat, has been with us over 10 years now. She has slowed down a bit, but always keeps life interesting. She seemed to have the most fun when we lived in Florida. Chasing all the lizards for fun and a snack and exploring around the lake, until...

One day she was there, the next day she was gone. We searched high and low for her, asking neighbors, who were familiar with her antics. Climbing the screens on their porches to get on their roof, was a favorite exercise. This was heart breaking to my wife, who is a cat person, but as the days went on our attention changed to our first son, who was born two months later. Our hope of seeing Miko again was lost.

Logan's first week home from the hospital, we heard a soft meow from the backyard. Surprised, we went to see whose cat had stopped by to visit. It was Miko. She was skin and bones and had long gashes down both her back legs. Taking her to the vet, we found she had been a victim of alligator attack.

Ever year, we would get a gator or two visiting the lake and have to get the local croc hunter to come remove him. Many a day I watched kids playing in the lake, waiting... Miko was probably taking a quick drink when the gnashing jaws crashed out of the water, her leap not quite fast enough she escaped, but with a permanent reminder. She probably holed up to gain strength those two months, living on bugs or mice.

She has been with us many years, and several moves, since then. Now she is more like a mother to the boys, sleeping on their bed, following them around to keep and eye on them. The hair still does not grow on the scars that tattoo her back legs, memories of her past adventures.

42 comments:

Baino said...

Wow talk about using up your nine lives all at once. One lucky moggy!

Ronda Laveen said...

She is a strong, resiliant, and lucky feline. One almost being a croc meal and living to tell the story, is legendary.

Cinnamon said...

Aww this is a lovely story- you could make a movie out of this!

Mrsupole said...

That is one amazing cat. That was a great story, maybe you could write a short kids book about it, very heart warming.

Thank you so much for sharing.

God bless.

subtorp77 said...

Fantastic story! But does Miko still go near the water? I know some animals tend to remember more than we humans can. The memory of a 'gator attack would still be with her for a long time.

willow said...

Allegator attack?! Wow, she is one lucky kitty.

Mariane said...

Amazing. Imagine if Miko could talk !!!

Brian Miller said...

subtorp...she does not seem to shy away, but we don't live near water any more. it definitely slowed her down a little. maybe she thinks a little more now.

mariane...oh the stories she would tell.

baino...no joke! it would have set me back a few!

Scott757 said...

Awww...why no pics? This post needs some pics.

Colette Amelia said...

Now here in the wild north we let our kids play outside and sometimes there are bears or moose but holy cow people let their kids play around alligators!!!

lucky little cat to be sure. I guess he still has 8 more lives to go?

Frqnk said...

Great story. Reminds me of another good story teller and his tale of two cats. "The House Guests" by John D. MacDonald.

Dot-Com said...

Well done for surviving an alligator attack. She must have been smart!

Marianna said...

Brian, Miko's story is amazing!
I love the way wrote it...

I had a cat named Toto, he dissapeared just like Miko did. Unfortunately, he wasn't as lucky as Miko. We found his body, several weeks ago, a few blocks away from our house. Somebody has poissoned him :-( It took us years to get over it and get another cat.

Great TT post!
Take care
peace and love
xoxo

A.Decker said...

Great tale! Amazing real life adventure. I agree with Scott757, though. Scrappy little Miko deserves a portrait or two up here. We'd all, I'm sure, love to see her.

Daniel said...

Brian, if I had a nickel for every time I had to survive on bugs or mice, I could retire now. I can relate to poor old Miko.

e said...

Lovely cat and a great story. Thanks for sharing it and visiting my blog today!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

What a lucky girl your Miko cat is. She obviously wanted to survive, and be forever a part of your lives.
I'm a cat person, always had one, always will.
Lovely blog >^..^<

Kris said...

The right cat could take an alligator, provided it was a fair fight.

Candie Bracci said...

Poor little cat,she has endured a really hard time,but she did survive,very courageous,she must have been.That was a great story.

Patrice said...

Poor Miko - and lucky Miko too.!!

Jaime said...

surviving an alligator attack? lucky kitty! good thing cats have 9 lives

dw said...

Amazing! Sounds like she used at least 6 of those 9 lives. Great for your wife and you (and Miko).

VK said...

You have a history with cats and their unique way of finding you. I recall a stow away from years before. Regardless, I'm glad Miko is away from water. Or at least Florida water. More importantly, away from cold blooded reptiles with appetites.

-(I hate the term DF these days)

Megan said...

Man, only in Florida! :)

DarkCity said...

Hi! Brian,

All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it. ~ Samuel Butler

Ahh!~A great quote! and...
What a interesting story!...I was curious as I read your post in order to find out what happen to Miko?!?... Your story, is an "all well, that ends well story," but
with a reminder of what happen to Miko left behind on her hindlegs.(Scars)
But, I'am glad that due to Miko's "resiliency" and your family, "hopefulness" that finally, Miko and your family, have reunited.

Thanks, for sharing!
Deedee ;-D

Mama K said...

OK, wait - there were children swimming in the same water where alligators are known to swim? How safe is that??

But as for your cat, I'm glad she came back to you! What a story!

Brian Miller said...

thanks for all the comments, sorry still working out computer issues so pics are few and far between. will get one up eventually.

@daniel....bugs are not bad if you get the right ones.

@VK...you'll be back to df soon enough. today maybe.

@dark city...great insights to cap off the story

I don't know what parents were thinking letting kids play on the lake...maybe it would only cost them a few toes?

Evening Light Writer said...

Wow, Miko was meant to be yours..I wonder how many lives that cat used on the alligator? My poor doggy would never be that fast..she likes to poke around and would have just stood there watching that gator come towards her and thinking "Oh boy a new friend!"

Great post..sometimes animals find US.

Dakota Bear said...

Wow! The act of survival, your cat demonstrated they do have nine lives.

tony said...

An Alligator ! What A Brave Miko! A Hero!

reyjr said...

Police report filed by Mr. Ali Gator:

"I was just laying there enjoying the sun, when all of a sudden, this cat came out of nowhere and said: I'm Miko and this is my turf! ... then it attacked me and scratched and clawed me! I only fought back in self-defense..."

:p

Brian Miller said...

@reyjr - hillarious! love it!

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Damn! That's one hell of an excellent story, Brian! And with a happy ending, too - that's the best part. Thanks for sending me the link.

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