A kitten has taken to coming around my place at night. It is very friendly, but I am doing nothing to encourage it. I do not approve of cats as pets any more due to the havoc they wreak on native wildlife. I have considered sending it home with duct tape around it’s neck with a dotted line drawn on it and a memo saying “will cut here if not kept in at night”.
Not that I really would of course.
I was worried at first that she might be dangerous to my frogs, but having observed her ineptness at hunting I conclude they are safe enough.
A white Muscovy duck has taken up residence in my garden. She seems content to sit in the corner under the apricot tree. I feed her, and provided her with water. I have named her Fang. I have told the Shire Environmental Health Officer about her, and he agrees with me that technically, since she is free to leave at any time, I am not “keeping” poultry, and therefore need not worry about compliance with the Local Laws on the subject. It is good to have a reasonable EHO.