Reader Stephen Barnard sends us not only a gadwall (Anas streptera), but two domestic animals as well. First, the bird in flight:
And meet one of four cats owned by Stephen’s daughter. His caption was:
Also, my daughter’s adorable, hand-raised rescue cat, Peck, begging to be petted.
I asked what was with the cage, and noted that Peck had an awesome beard (I didn’t look very closely!) His response:
That cat is pure sweetness. My daughter doesn’t let them out. They have the run of the house and an outdoor enclosure. I’m not comfortable with cats roaming wild on my ranch because they’re bad for birds and other wildlife. When we moved here two years ago there were over a dozen feral cats, most of them diseased. my daughter nursed them to health as best as she could and had them neutered and placed. Some had to be put down. Peck was a very young kitten in good health.
It’s not a beard. That’s his paw. He’s reaching out for attention, and probably resentful that the d*gs have the run of the place.
Finally, another artificially selected beast:
Also a new goat, a male, who is destined for a wonderful life as a stud.