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April 29, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Cool cats and party crashers

Cartoon of two teen girls talking on a couch 1943.(NARA/

“With parents out of the picture, it’ll be a wild time!” (USPD/

You know how it is. Plan a party – you only want the cool cats – and someone has to blab about it on social media.

One glance at the door told the Lola it was time to scale back.

Luckily police arrived to protect the invited and discourage the porch squatters.

There was a bit of a wrestling on the front walk before the uninvited was roughly removed.

Watch the whole kit and alizoodle on video here. (What? The cat got your thumb? Click it or fur ever hiss out.)

cats and univited the door (

“No! No! Go to the back door. He’s a party crasher!” Lola meowed urgently to her friend. (

That could have taken a bite out of the purrfect party.

Hope your weekend is wild, but not too wild.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Oh, speaking of wild. The tiger found wandering in a neighborhood during the floods has arrived at her new home – and she’s really wild about it! (click that big cat video here!

Have you ever seen a happier cat? Looks like she’s never played in grass before. Wild applause.

Rescued conroe tiger rolling in the grass at her new home (

Nahla, the rescued Conroe tiger, happily rolling in the grass at her new home, the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary near Fort Worth (




  1. easyweimaraner / Apr 29 2016 6:38 am

    such a pawty happened near our place too… it was a sweet 16 thing… with all facebook friends&whatever…not sure if this girl made it to her 18th, think her parents needed rabies shots the next day :o)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 29 2016 7:02 am

      You just never know who is going to drop by. Some don’t know it’s best to call and inquire if it’s OK or not. RC would have been yowling and whacking the door wildly insisting the gator pay more attention to manners….might have not been a good idea as the gator looked strongly determined, too. Whew. With all the rain and floods, we’re glad the gators can’t get up the neighborhood’s bulkheads…which are really tall for a reason – the park is right on the lake. West of us by the Brazos River where that house is, the gators can leisurely wander across the green belts and have a look around.
      Thanks for coming to the party, Easy! (wandering your way shortly)


  2. Kate Crimmins / Apr 29 2016 6:45 am

    You should add a disclaimer that no animals were hurt. Had to click to make sure the kitty (ok and the gater too) were ok. Made me grateful that our worst fears are foxes who won’t attack people or large cats but maybe some nice smaller ones (but just for brunch).


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 29 2016 7:07 am

      Oh, sorry. Thought that vague phrase about the authorities showing up would be enough! There are lots of gator relocations happening right now. Between the floods and mating season, you have to make sure if that lump is really a log or not. We had a fox that lived on a nearby golf course close to our last house. They are so pretty. You would sometimes see her trotting down the esplanade in the early evening. Wary, but not afraid of people. She was one of the few that remained after developers bought the farm and built houses. Guess she liked the neighborhood. Thanks for joining the party today.

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  3. Paul / Apr 29 2016 8:11 am

    Can’t you just hear the tiger? “Hey,How come no one told me about this grass stuff?”

    And gator parties – we don’t have them here but we have bears in rural areas and they can be a nuisance.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 29 2016 8:30 am

      That happy cat is the perfect way to start the weekend. (Gators kinda like being bad frat boys – it’s mating season) Hope you have a wild weekend!Thanks for popping by with a purrfect comment

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  4. Carrie Rubin / Apr 29 2016 8:43 am

    An alligator on your front porch. Well, at least that’s one thing I don’t have to worry about in Ohio!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 29 2016 9:50 am

      With the floods and the mating season, the younger gators (having been driven away by the big guys) are looking for love in all the wrong places. Guess isn’t working for them. Hope you’re going to have some nice non-stormy spring days this weekend. Thansk for making a splash here

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  5. D. Wallace Peach / Apr 29 2016 10:13 am

    Great videos. The tiger was loose in Texas? I’m glad that one ended well!


  6. RKLikesReeses / Apr 29 2016 1:34 pm

    EEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! Alligators going door-to-door? No doubt they make the most forceful political operatives. 😉
    Happy tiger – how wonderful!!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 29 2016 1:47 pm

      Nooo don’t give Heidi any ideas – the emails are enough. Door to door alligators with political vests on and brochures would be tooo insane. RC would be exhausted from whacking the window insisting that manners and protocol be respected. She has face multiple large dog jaws and stared them into submission, so…
      Thanks for risking the crawl over here to chat

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      • RKLikesReeses / Apr 29 2016 2:42 pm

        “Door to door alligators with political vests on and brochures would be tooo insane.” Bwahah!!


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 29 2016 2:57 pm

          You could draw that. HA HA. Some of the local run off election battles are almost ugly enough to use alligators to prod people. WIll this election year never end? Term limits. 2 terms and good bye…and if anyone in you immediate family held that office you cannot run for it yourself for 15 year. That might stop some of this insanity. Unleash the alligators on Congress!

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  7. heretherebespiders / Apr 29 2016 2:06 pm

    Glad gator and cats are all safe. But especially Ms Tiger! Did they ever figure out who had her to begin with?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 29 2016 2:55 pm

      Quite a story. She was sold by an unlicensed big cat breeder in Florida apparently to a local guy a month or so ago. Neither have the federal permits/licenses or the state ones, or the local ones ( so there’s a big of investigation going on by those authorities). It’s a bit vague about who/where he took her when worried about flooding in Atascasita near Lake Houston – she was walking around a Conroe neighborhood. The Conroe sheriff was not moved by pleas by the possible owner and kept cat in shelter’s custody (they gave it a little pool to swim in, an office chair which she loved pushing around and attacking, plus toys and lots of meat). The owner gave interviews whining and eventually said he wanted to “donate”(?) the cat to a shelter.The previous owner in Florida said he actually still owned the cat and wanted it back. On Monday, a judge took said the local owner didn’t have the proper paper work/licenses/permits and she he was not caring for the animal – it was walking around the street – gave custody to the big exotic cat rescue ranch near Ft Worth.That night someone tried to break in and steal the cat. There’s video. So everyone is really happy that the cat is now safe and in a good home. The tiger looks especially pleased. Nothing like a happy ending. Wildly excited about that. Hope you find some wild fun this weekend (more storms coming here. sad face. sad face.)Thanks for jumping over with a comment

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      • heretherebespiders / Apr 29 2016 3:01 pm

        Wow, what a saga! Poor thing doesn’t need people like that, even if they did somehow manage to keep her sweet this far. As much as I would love to be able to have a big cat, I wouldn’t ever get one. Or go to one of those horrid places that breed them like crazy so tourists can take pictures with the young ones.
        And then sell tickets to hunters to kill them inside fences.
        People suck. I’m going to go find something happy to watch, I think.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 29 2016 3:07 pm

          This little baby is finally safe and can be a tiger. Seems that people who have exotics, alligators, or badly socialized dogs are usually ones that either can’t get along with people/don’t have a clue how to get along with people/ feel insignificant and have poor self image/ or are drug dealers.ALl about them – not really about the animal. Now go find some Fred Astaire movies online for a few smiles – tap dancing is always good. HA HA!

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  8. Littlesundog / Apr 30 2016 8:16 am

    This reminds me of the “Tigernado” we had here last year in May. After a tornado (and also 2.9 earthquake following) a flood ravaged through an exotic animal park, washing out many of the fences. Residents of the nearby community of Tuttle were asked to stay in their homes until all of the tigers were accounted for, and of course that went like wildfire on the national news and social media. It turned out there really was no danger as they were all accounted for within a couple of hours. And gators… I hope I never see anything worse than a snapping turtle at my front or back door! 😀

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 1 2016 8:16 am

      That animal escape was on TV! We saw those tigers. The tigers looked like they just wanted to go home.
      The one here is extremely tame and probably lived on the couch, but is young enough the believe she will adapt to being around other tigers and have room to run and play.
      What was really odd – or funny -was the the night after the judge took custody, a man tried to break into the animal shelter and steal the tiger. They have video of the unsuccessful attempt. Like a circus with tigers and clowns.
      (Been raining all morning. Molly sad. Hope the storms are going around you. Palestine/E.TX area where my parents and uncles used to live got really whacked by flooding. Too much rain. Hay fields around NASA compound doing quite though.)
      Thanks for pawsing to chat

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  9. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Apr 30 2016 11:39 am

    Have heard those rambling gators hiss and tell, too. RC would likely run out of pawtience trying to teach elementary manners. Happy to hear little Miss T (no gold chains needed) has been happily placed with a Rescue. Had hoped BCR (Big Cat Rescue, Tampa, FL) might be able to get her. Have often thought a “security gator” on staff might be a fun way to enforce our no trespassing signs & purple paint blazes during morel mushroom season – but they might scare me off, too 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 1 2016 8:24 am

      The tiger was from Florida originally – from an unlicensed breeder who tried to get her handed back to them. BCR is supposed to be a great rescue, too. The one here is well established with lots of room. She did looked thrilled with the grass and is still young enough to go back to just being a tiger.
      Gators are being used as security by some drug operations around here. Gator relocation companies have all the business they can handle right now with so many having been washed out of place by the flooding. A little cat snack and a lovely pool lounging seems to be on their list of things to do. Thanks for tossing a comment this way!


  10. PiedType / Apr 30 2016 10:35 pm

    Thankfully no gators in Colo. Sadly, no tigers either. Bears, anyone?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 1 2016 8:26 am

      You guys are going to need sleds as much as we are going to need more boats. Gads. More rain. Molly is not taking this well and keep looking at us like “Who left the water running?” No wonder the critters are wandering. Thanks for warning about the bear claws.(Bad for the waist lines and other parts HA HA) Appreciate you stopping by to chat


  11. jmmcdowell / May 3 2016 4:22 pm

    The young groundhog on our porch last summer was an exotic enough visitor for me! Thank heaven no gators here. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 5 2016 1:58 pm

      Groundhog on the porch. Now that must have been a sight.
      Not only have the flood waters washed gators out of place, it’s mating season and the big ones are running off the younger ones. Young gators looking for love in all the wrong places. Thanks for walking carefully around over here to leave a comment


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