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  1. Colin P
    2nd December 2017 @ 11:32 am

    A story wonderfully told, Beth! Long live Brutus and Whitey – 20 Kilometres apart!

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  2. Vallypee
    2nd December 2017 @ 2:55 pm

    Right, third time lucky! It seems iPad does not like Google products and my twice attempted comment didn't work, so I'm trying from my laptop now. I really enjoyed this story, Beth. It was a sad but optimistic outcome and I do hope Whitey will survive and be happy in his new realm!

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  3. Nancy McBride
    2nd December 2017 @ 6:16 pm

    Well told tale. You two came up with the right plan after trying hard to accommodate Whitey. Perfect ending for all.

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  4. Gail
    2nd December 2017 @ 8:54 pm

    Poor Brutus!! So relieved he is OK. Hopefully Whitey is happy in his new territory and Brutus can live in peace.

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  5. Ali
    2nd December 2017 @ 10:52 pm

    Wow, what a story Beth! I'm so glad Brutus is healing and getting his confidence back – poor thing, it must have been terrifying for him to be attacked in his own territory. I hope Whitey is doing well in his new woodland area. As animal lovers, we want to help any stray soul who wanders our way. It's difficult to turn our backs on an animal. I'm sure Whitey is king of his territory now though!

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  6. Ali
    2nd December 2017 @ 10:56 pm

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  7. Beth Haslam
    3rd December 2017 @ 10:51 am

    Thank you so much, Colin, it was one I thought long and hard about sharing. Everyone has been so kind in their comments. I'm with you, I'm sure the solution has been the best one, especially with the majestic Garonne River running between the pair of them!

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  8. Beth Haslam
    3rd December 2017 @ 10:54 am

    Thank you SO much for persevering, Val! I was a toughey to tell, but so many people asked after Whitey, I felt I needed to relate it. Whitey is a strong, alpha male. He's very wild and had chosen to leave the family very early. I think he's a born survivor.

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  9. Beth Haslam
    3rd December 2017 @ 10:55 am

    Thanks so much, Nancy. You can imagine how distressing it was at the time. You have visited the area where we released Whitey. With the Garonne River flowing between, I'm sure they will both continue to flourish.

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  10. Beth Haslam
    3rd December 2017 @ 10:57 am

    Thank you so much, Gail, I'll admit that it was absolutely awful at the time. Stupidly, I had no idea that injuries inflicted by a cat could be so serious. Happily, I'm sure we have now reached the best solution.

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  11. Beth Haslam
    3rd December 2017 @ 11:01 am

    Honestly, Ali, it was dreadful at the time. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. Despite his size (think short haired Maine Coon) Brutus was very badly injured, especially his head. You're absolutely right about the animal-loving instinct to do right by all animals. In this case we honestly feel we took the correct action. Brutus is almost back to normal, and Whitey, I'm sure, is working hard to develop his new kingdom!

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  12. River Rat
    3rd December 2017 @ 2:45 pm

    Poor Brutus! You were much kinder than I; I would have had Whitey euthanized for the sake of all the poor animals he would kill in his new territory. I wonder whether he will eventually return to your area; cats have been known to come much farther than that to get "home"!

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  13. Beth Haslam
    3rd December 2017 @ 7:36 pm

    Thank you so much for reading my account. I know, our poor Brutus. He is just too placid to deal with the kind of attacks he sustained. I completely understand your comments, and for the reasons you give, we thought very long and hard about what to do. We eventually relocated Whitey to an extremely remote area. Lots of woodland with a small river flowing through, which we felt would suit him/his temperament. There were no houses that we could see for miles. The location is the far side of the Garonne River so we think it is highly unlikely that he will manage to return. That said – you never know!

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  14. River Rat
    3rd December 2017 @ 10:22 pm

    Fingers crossed that it works out for all of you, Whitey included!

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  15. Patti
    4th December 2017 @ 2:47 am

    Oh, poor Brutus. Having been a pet rescuer for many years, I can relate to your difficult decision. Brutus should feel safe on his home ground. Dealing with Whitey had to be hard, but the truth is that he was not going to change. Rehoming him to the wild was a perfect solution. He is wild and will adapt quickly to his new life. I'm glad Brutus is going to be fine. He is very lucky to have caring parents. I have seen this alpha cat scenario before and have seen some heartbreaking outcomes. Whitey is too wild to change. You did the right thing.

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  16. Unknown
    4th December 2017 @ 1:03 pm

    Awww poor Brutus, so pleased he is okay though. It's an awful experience for you all to go through. I bet Whitey is having a ball in his new home.
    Kiersten and the gang

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  17. Beth Haslam
    5th December 2017 @ 9:05 am

    Thanks very much! Every day I double check the wood store to make sure Whitey hasn't made a miraculous river crossing. So far so good. Meanwhile, Brutus is regaining his confidence, so all's well here, and I sincerely hope all's well for Whitey too.

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  18. Beth Haslam
    5th December 2017 @ 9:10 am

    Thank you so much for your lovely reply, Patti, and good for you for with your pet rescuing. As you can imagine it was incredibly traumatic at the time. I have never seen such severe injuries inflicted by another cat. I doubt Brutus could have withstood a third attack. You are absolutely right about Whitey. He is a wild alpha male, and I don't think he will ever change. I'm sure he'll adapt quickly. He's a born survivor.

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  19. Beth Haslam
    5th December 2017 @ 9:15 am

    Thanks so much, Kiersten, it really was awful at the time. Brutus' injuries are almost healed and he's becoming more confident every day. I think you're right. Whitey is in a gorgeous spot. I think he'll have great fun creating his own domain!

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