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August 03, 2007

Road Trip Day #9: A spot of cat and mouse


We got up early on day #9 of our road trip, and headed to explore the caves of Matala. Although they dominate the small village, we hadn't visited them on our first day. In fact, we were so early that the ticket office wasn't open yet, so we were able to sneak in for nothing!


After that we packed up the car, and then headed towards Kalamaki. Not the Kalamaki down the road from us, of course, but the Kalamaki beach with a good reputation about 15 minutes drive from Matala. We thought we would head there for a coffee.

We found a nice spot along the beach front at the Café Paradise, and settled down to enjoy a coffee, when we spotted a cat. Playing with a mouse.


As you probably know, cats can be quite cruel creatures when they have caught something.

And this cat was no exception. It was letting the mouse run away a little, then swatting it with its paws so the mouse stood still, paralysed with fear. Then when it had the courage to move, the cat was swiping at it again.

Well, we couldn't let this carry on in front of us, so, with the best of intentions, I tried to intervene.

I walked over towards the cat.

It looked up at me.

It looked at the mouse.

It looked back up at me.

It looked back at the mouse.

I gave it a bit of a "Shoo! Shoo!"

Whereupon it promptly picked the mouse up in its mouth, and sauntered off with the poor thing's tail dangling from the side of its mouth.

Not quite the effect I had intended.

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