• Cats are well known for their disappearing acts but Sky, a two-year-old petite female, is the mistress of ingenuity. While staying with her “grandfather” she mysteriously disappeared, and it was only when it was noticed that the basement window screen was ajar, that the source of exit was discovered. This window opens sideways and, up until then, the screen had never been opened. Sky returned safely home before night fell to the relief of her guardian. She did a repeat the next day.

• Living close to the lake, there are often sea gulls swooping overhead. One afternoon, there were two gulls squawking madly and charging each other in the air. Much to the astonishment of a local resident, a fish landed at her feet giving her quite a scare. Because of their spat, the gulls were deprived of their meal, but the woman didn’t even have to bait a hook to catch her supper.

• Is there a new species of skunk in the area? There have been at least two sightings reported of almost completely white skunks with black on their under-bellies.

• What sounded like a cat fight very rapidly turned into something much more serious and frightening. A cat had definitely been attacked by something ferocious and intent on making a kill. Much as we are aware that it is the law of nature that animals must kill to survive, it is heart-breaking to listen to a cat being slowly killed by a fisher, especially when there is nothing one can do to put the animal quickly out of its misery. The screeching sound of a fisher on the attack is not one expects to hear in a residential area of Knowlton. There have been several reported cases of cats disappearing and, sadly, the increase in the fisher population may be to blame. To learn more about this shy, but vicious animal, you can research it on the internet.