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Cats do swim!

This morning I spent a good 20 minutes watching a cat stalk a pair of ducks on the Muskoka River below Dill Street. The orange and white tabby was barely visible but for the flashing tail with a patch of white on the tip. The pair of mallards were behaving very oddly, to my mind, swimming very close to the cat and quacking. The female especially was taking the greatest risk, while the male kept his distance from the shoreline. The cat stalked the ducks for about 30 feet of shoreline and then hunkered down in a patch of dead reeds to wait. The female duck approached the shore - it was alarmingly close from my perspective on the other side. All of a sudden the cat made its move and lept at the ducks, who moved quickly out of reach. The cat splashed into the river and swam to shore, a distance of about 5 feet. It pulled itself out and ran immediately to a fallen log where it licked itself dry. I left about that time, noting the ducks continued to swim quite close to the shore, the female quacking incessantly. All I could think was that they might have a nest in the area, but isn't it too early for that?

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