Tuesday, September 20, 2011

In Memorium: Scoop's Monitor Lizard Adventure

Scoop passed away 4 years ago today.  We still think of our old fuzzy; in fact, we were just talking about him two days ago, boasting about his amazing hunting prowess.

Scoop was a real ratter.  In Kuching he killed cane rats with bodies longer than a dust-pan.  In Malacca he was death on paws to the huge river rats that tried to come into our house. 

But his greatest triumph was in Kajang where he and his junior officer Au herded a monitor lizard into the house, and finally cornered him in the bedroom. 

Au was already having doubts but it was at this point Scoop realised that he was a 4 kilo kitty and that his quarry was over a meter long and at least 4 times his weight. 

It was the only time that Scoop was relieved when I tapped him on the shoulder and asked him to "leave the poor thing alone."

The lizard left through the window, and Scoop and Au settled down for a celebratory lunch and lots of praise.

Scoop was a wonderful cat and we miss him dearly.

40 comments:

Katnip Lounge said...

HOLY CATS! Aren't monitor lizards venomous? (Must Google)
I know how you feel about Scoop, Scott & I had a wonderful guy--Fuzzy--whom we still regularly talk about even after 12 years.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

There are some cats that just grab your heart. That is a wonderful tribute to Scoop.

m.q said...

wonderful Scoop.
may you rest in peace brother

BoBo Salem & catlings

The Cat From Hell said...

Scoop was a real character! It is wonderful to have memories of our past loves!
Kisses
Nellie

Mr Puddy said...

OMC ! You both are great hunter !
My mom can live with you with the scream ...MOL
xoxo

Whisppy said...

Rest in peace dear fuzzy Scoop.

Declan said...

Hi I'm Declan, a Greyhound from England. Mum got me to read your blog as i'm learning to live with cats. She says it's a pity I couldn't have met Scoop as it sounds like he would really have kept me in line.. Deccy x

Kwee Cats said...

We wish we could have known Scoop. He sounds like a heck of a cat! All kitties are treasures, some just a little more golden than others :-)

Sparkle said...

OMC, I think Scoop just became my hero!!! I can't even imagine a lizard that big. He was definitely a world-class hunter!

Declan said...

I live with KC but she is a wimp of a cat. Mum wants to hire in a right bully boy ginger tom to teach me a lesson or two.Know anyone who could oblige :-)

Fluffy and Heather said...

I need a Scoop around the house! It sounds like he was the perfect cat!

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Aww, what a sweet Scoop. I know he's at the bridge hunting more lizards and watching over you.

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

I remember this post! Scoop was the best! I still light a candle for him every World Animal Day.

Mango said...

What an excellent guard kitty.

Slobbers,
Mango

We love LUNA said...

What a story!No chances for the lizard!
This is a beautiful tribute to Scoop!
Love this post,
purrs
Luna - WE LOVE LUNA

Cat-from-Sydney said...

The monitor lizard must be eternally grateful for meowmy....or else... That's a sweet story about Scoop... purrr...meow!

Old Kitty said...

Awwwww angel Scoop looks like he really showed gorgeous Au how to be a most amazing mankitty!! Take care
x

Fuzzy Tales said...

Lots of hugs from the mom and kitty kisses from us today. We know these anniversaries are especially hard.

But what a hunter Scoop was! The mom was freaking out just reading your post!

Hannah and Lucy said...

Scoop was a great collector - did he start his own menagerie?
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Brian said...

That was a great story, thanks for sharing such impawtant memories!

The Whiskeratti said...

He looked quite full of personality! And handsome. The oranges ones are always handsome.

Team Tabby said...

No wonder you miss Scoop, he sounds like a real livewire, we are totally amazed at his antics.

Thanks for sharing this lovely remembrance of Scoop.

Admiral Hestorb said...

Oh my gosh! What brave boys!!!!

I came by to say fanks you for the purrs and good wishes for me and mom while I am i the hospital. Kiss the boys for us.

xoxox

Simba said...

Mom has fallen behind a lot with getting to all our friends to leave comments, though she HAS been helping us read all your posts. So we are leaving the same comment on many blogs, just to say Hi, and we are glad we are friends. Thanks for your comments left on my blog. Hope to do better by next week.

GrammyMouseTails said...

Scoops hunting prowless will live long in memory. RIP furry friend.

Roy said...

Here's to good memories of Scoop now and forever more.

Our special one was 21 when she went to the bridge. Daddy's lap baby, Queen of the neighborhood, whipped German Shepherds and others .... loved to play with the cows in the pasture riding around on the bull's back. But she did NOT mess with no monitor. Maybe a chameleon or three ....

Marg said...

We still remember all the ones that were here before.I think it is great to do some remembering. That is quite story about the Lizard. There are definitely some animals that grab your heart. Like that saying. Take care.

Indrani said...

What an adventure!
It is so clear in your memory like it happened yesterday.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

It sounds like life with Scoop was never dull. But herding a monitor lizard into the house - how did they manage that? Those things are big! And scary. He sure was brave.

And he left you a lot of happy memories. A hug for this special day.

Remington said...

Scoop sounds like he enjoyed life!

Dianne said...

he sure does look like he was a warrior!

I miss every one of my sweet guys that have moved on and think of them all the time
it's the place they occupy in our hearts

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Scoop sounds like an amazing kitty! Such nice memories, with us always.

Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

It's nice to remember things about our past cats. I would be so afraid if my cat brought me a monitor lizard. Scoop must have been a mighty hunter.

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

We are kinda glad there are no lizards bigger than us where we live! Scoop sounds like he was a real Mancat!

Gattina said...

That was quiet a hunter !! I only get little mice as gift and from time to time a birdie ...

Blackie Bond said...

Wow! Scoop was a cat that stories are made of. I miss reading stories of Scoop...RIP, Scoop.

Jackie said...

What a brave cat Scoop was, hunting huge rats is no job for wimpy kitties, and taking on a monitor lizard...hmmm! He obviously took his guard duties very seriously.

Cats are very special and once they've got your heart, there is no forgetting them, no matter how long ago they departed.

Athena said...

Scoop sounds like an amazing cat. How lucky you were to haf each ofur.

meowmeowmans said...

What an great story! It sounds like Scoop was a very brave and amazing cat! :)

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Will you be publishing more of your work digitally?

Cheers.