Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It's time of year again - millions of Monarch butterflies are coming home to Mexico as part of the insect-world's most extraordinary migration. Every year, the Monarchs move north, all the way to the Canadian border, in a journey that takes three generations - because of their short six-week lifespan, one generation dies, while their offspring continue flying. But then the fourth generation, which somehow manages to live seven months, turns around and flies all the way - 2,500 miles! - back to their sanctuary in central Mexico. Along the way, some of them stop to rest here at Burro Hall, after 4 months of nonstop flying, a mere 150 miles short of their goal, and are devoured by the cat like a jalapeño popper.

Betcha can't eat just one!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is there an animal that eats the cat and continues the food chain?

Anonymous said...

Monarchs are poisonous to cats like Easter lillies. Poor cat..... It's not a joke. He will have a terrible stomach ache, if he survives, and he will never chase one again.