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A moving tale

Or should that be – a moving tail. Our cats hunt anything from mice, insects, birds, snakes and, today, a lizard. We think it was a Mediterranean house gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus).

The lizard was rescued but its tail – jettisoned like a street robber dropping an emptied purse – continued a brief existence.

Having not thought much about the word before, ‘autonomy’ is from the Greek auto (self) and tome (severing) – or self-amputation.

As Wikipedia statesSome geckos captured by the tail will shed part of the tail structure and thus be able to flee. The detached tail will continue to wriggle, creating a deceptive sense of continued struggle and distracting the predator’s attention from the fleeing prey animal. The animal can partially regenerate its tail, typically over a period of weeks. 

Our cat Tinkerbell left the lizard to return to the tail, four metres away. 1-0 to the lizard – but talk about a crash diet in losing weight…

 

And to prove it isn’t just lizards’ tails:

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The Marmalade Lamb goes exploring (photo)

Look what the cat dragged in

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Discussion

2 thoughts on “A moving tale

  1. My cat always ignores the tail…and usually throws up after eating a gecko 😦 Looks like the ants were ready for a taste!

    Posted by Wendy Kate | July 15, 2014, 4:45 pm

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