Aren't these simply the cutest photos ever??
They were both probably less than one year old then.
Their feeder, Francis, got them spayed and neutered and we offered our subsidy. This was before we moved to this neighbourhood. Daffodil was evasive and could not be caught for more than 10 years until we moved here. Then Francis helped and we finally caught her and got her spayed.
If you take a look at Rosie's baby photo, do you see the somewhat fluffy, punkish tuft of hair on her head? It makes both of them look like baby birds, doesn't it?
Ever since then, we've been referring to them as the "Bird Family". Rightly so too, since they are all so fluffy! So, it's GingerBird and Rosie Bird.
And here's more news about Daffodil's family. Apparently, according to Francis, Daffodil has another son from a different litter. From the way Francis described, we know exactly who that son is.
But he is a prodigal son. Nothing like Ginger or Rosie. At all.
I've observed Benson many times. He's a fighter and a survivor on the street. He hangs out down the slope and I actually see him very often. But almost always, there would be an injury on him and within a day or two, the injury would have dried up and Benson would be on the go again. Even WITH an injury, he is on the go. There was once I wanted to "rescue" him to send him to the vet's (because of an injury on his neck), but on the next day, the injury looked much better already!
Francis says he has not been able to catch Benson. He is tricky and very evasive. Very independent.
So that's a little story about Daffodil's other son.
So, birds of the same feather flock together...safely in our home.
Until now, after four years, Daffodil still looks after Ginger and Rosie. What a supermum!
Benson is okay all by himself. I'll bet he is much happier in his own colony too.
We don't know how many more of Daffodil's children survived throughout all these years when she was not spayed. But according to Francis' wife, most of them did not live through kittenhood.
Hence, the importance of neutering.