Saturday, June 04, 2005

Two Stories

They were found sitting on the wall of a flowerbed in the backyard. Three bobcat cubs were left behind by their mother. She was moving her young family when she jumped the yard fence. The cubs were too small to follow. The mother remained in the area unable to re-enter the yard.

Bobcats are nocturnal natives to the California coastal area, but are rarely seen. A mature Bobcat is about twice size and weight of a housecat. If a bobcat is around, a person isn't likely to see the 20 pound animal, it's earthy coloring blending into the surroundings.

The Fair Harbor homeowner called the authorities. Department of Fish and Game and local Animal Control officers reunited the young cubs with their mother. The family is once again home in their natural habitat.

That touching story was reported by Rita Freeman in today's local paper. Immediately next to that story is this one reported by Larry Welborn:

Thirty-six years ago, a mother took two cats and two dogs to Chicago when she moved her family from Southern California to start a new life. That new life didn't include her 3 year old daughter; Michelle was left behind.

She claims she left the girl in the care of her boyfriend who then left Michelle with his mother. The woman never asked about her daughters welfare, not even after the boyfriend's mother died in 1972.

He claims that, before the move, the mother called him upstairs in the house they rented and showed him the lifeless body of her baby girl. He suggested they bury the child in a local canyon. The boyfriend had a history of violence toward the woman and her children in California and Illinois.

The pair were arrested in 2004. An intense search of the canyon was conducted, but despite being led to the spot of the burial, the body of little Michelle has never been found. Michelle has not been seen alive since the day the family moved to Illinois.

I don't know what to make of the two stories being set side by side in what was probably an unintentional juxtaposition of nature and nurture. These are the stories that make up our lives and give us pause on Saturday mornings while reading the newspaper and drinking coffee.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

3 comments:

dcat said...

Good news and the bad! Goes to show that some people are bad.

Animals are worth saving! Nice story and I loved that one Indigo.

Lani said...

Okay, this is the honest truth. Maybe 15 years ago in the newpaper there was an article about some crazy lady in San Jose who killed her husband, dismembered him, and proceeded to barbeque his limbs to dispose of his body. The neighbor called the police when the odor became overwhelming. The ironic part of this horrible story, (and I did call the newspaper about this) was that they ran this article in the Foods section of the paper. Hmmm... This one certainly gave me pause.
Lani

Indigo Red said...

Lani,

That's a disgusting story...and I'm laughing big time! The food section!!