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How pets vanish? Memories of a cat the Dachshund of

V that night when was gone Dachshunds, I heard short shout of a cat and decided that he finds out the relation with the tribesman. I bypassed around the house, no traces existed, except for three deep strips on the earth. Dachshunds did not come back home in the evening, next day. Where the cat could evaporate, without having left any marks? Could not depart by air! It was the key thought. Searches were narrowed to the flying night predator which could drag off our cat. The virginsky eagle owl was him.

4 years live in our house two remarkable cats - the Sleepyhead and Dachshunds. It is known that cats - animals night, our were not an exception too. In the afternoon they slept, and went to walk at night. Every morning came back tired, but happy: night hunting was successful. In the morning I found at house doors a mouse, and even a couple.

of Dachshunds disappeared



In one ill-fated morning only one Sonya came back home, and Dachshunds somewhere was late. That night when it was gone, I heard short shout of a cat and decided that he finds out the relation with the tribesman. It is not terrible. It already happened therefore I especially did not worry, but in the second half of day I began to worry...

Just in case bypassed around the house, no traces existed, except for three deep strips on the earth. Wild dogs and coyotes sometimes look on us on a site, but I watch that in a fence and under it there were no holes through which animals could get on our territory. I bypassed a fencing on perimeter, any traces of invasion on our site it was revealed not.

Dachshunds did not come back home in the evening, next day. It was clear that to a cat there was something terrible. Two days off departed in concern, expectation and hope. But everything was vain …

of Traces of coyotes and dogs was not, and these three deep furrows on the earth haunted me. Where the cat could evaporate, without having left any marks? If the cat was eaten by a large predator, then there have to be a wool, bones, a collar … I found nothing of that kind. The cat by air could not fly away?!

It was the key thought. I asked the husband whether there are in Arizona large night birds - hunters who could carry away the Dachshund. He answered that yes. Many years ago the couple of big eagle owls tried to build a nest on an eucalyptus tree near the house. But it prevented it.

So, searches were narrowed to the flying night predator which could drag off our cat. The virginsky eagle owl was him. I went to the Internet behind information, and here that I managed to learn about this bird.

the Virginsky eagle owl (Bubo virginianus)



the Virginsky eagle owl belongs to family of owl`s and is the largest representative of family in North and South America. Birds have a large and powerful body. Wings long and wide. In folded form they close a short tail.

Bolshaya Square of wings allows eagle owls to fly, without creating noise, very quietly. As well as other owls, these birds can turn the head by 180 degrees. Eyes are fixed not movably and look only in one direction, but the mobile neck allows eagle owls to have the good review. On the head there are speakers feathers which remind “ears“, it is a distinctive sign of a look.

Paws of an eagle owl powerful, with four fingers, two of which are directed forward, two - back. When the eagle owl sits down on a branch, he clasps it with fingers from two parties. The size of fingers with claws - 12 - 16 cm. The special arrangement of fingers standing increases the area of capture of the victim during hunting.

Length of a body of males - from 45-55 cm, females - from 47-65 cm. Wingspan of males - 90-130 cm, females - 115-150 cm. Generally at midnight these birds make the deaf hooting sounds, the rumbling and short sounds reminding cough.

The food allowance of eagle owls includes over two hundred various vertebrate animals: rodents, birds, wild and domestic cats, dogs, snakes of a lizard and alligators.

Virginsky eagle owls - night birds also track down the production in the night from eminences or on the fly, slowly soaring over the earth. Before grabbing production, they dive with the put wings down, increasing thereby the speed. Virginsky eagle owls can attack animals who by 2 - 4 times surpass them in body weight.

As an eagle owl attacked ours the Dachshund



In midnight of Dachshunds was near the house under a big tree. The eagle owl could track down him, having hidden in foliage, or flying, heard a sound of the moving cat. Eagle owls can hear the slightest rustle at distance to 300 meters.

Then the bird quietly dived on production, clasped from two parties of a cat with long fingers with sharp claws. At this moment of Dachshunds wildly screamed. It was its farewell exclamation. The eagle owl flew away away with the production. That is why there were no traces and remains of a poor cat. There were only three furrows: two at the edges, less deep are from wings, and average - big and deep. In that place was Dachshunds where the bird of prey attacked it.

Dachshunds will remain in our memory as the equal family member, as a cat who was able to talk and report with us what he wants to do at present. I had hundreds of photos in which all life of our favourite and all his tricks which raised a smile is imprinted.

Dachshunds other went on a rainbow, to the world … Left in English, without saying goodbye. I very much hope that in that new life to it will carry more. Farewell, Taksik, we very much love you and we will never forget!