When Harley arrived with 5 kittens, we had a problem. It wasn’t the problem you might imagine — we were used to feral cats bringing kittens out of the woods and knew the drill. The problem was that we couldn’t tell the difference in 2 of the kittens.
Darryl was a dead ringer for his brother Darryl at first. But after several months had passed Darryl stayed dark and Darryl lightened up a bit. So we had Dark Darryl, the subject of this post, and Light Darryl, the subject of yesterday’s brief post.
Dark Darryl was more social than Light Darryl, although he kept close to family like all of Harley’s children. His sociability let us get more photos of him than we were able to get of Light Darryl. It also likely contributed to his long life. Several of the males in the colony became more social and docile after they were trapped and neutered, but this was particularly true of Dark Darryl. He hung out close to house and home and was one of the 3 longest living members of the colony. The final 2 are still with us.
I’d like to say that I got this story out ahead of time because Light Darryl’s spirit was eager to see it in print, or at least in electrons, and I was inspired by his dreamy gaze into the sunlight that you see in yesterday’s post. But that would be a lie. It’s actually late, not early. Life got in the way of plans, as is often the case, so here’s the final installment, one day late.
Now, like Bob Newhart and Mary Frann, you’ve met Larry, his brother Darryl, and his other brother Darryl.
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