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!


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.