LOS ANGELES — As Mike Kelley stroked his cat Andy for the last time, he recalled how the feline would eat yogurt every morning and meet him at the door every night.
It's springtime at Louisiana's Lake Martin. The air is filled with the chattering of wading birds in the trees that ring the shoreline as they build their nests and prepare to lay eggs. A submerged alligator's body just barely breaches the surface. A snowy egret spots a good-looking stick floating on the water. It would make a fine addition to her nest, so she swoops to snatch it up. Bad idea. The stick was perfectly perched on the alligator's snout, inches from his teeth. With a well-timed snap of his jaws, the alligator makes quick work of the bird and enjoys his lunch, beak and feathers and all.
Cougar and Salmon creeks meander through the lush parkland shared by the Felida and North Salmon Creek neighborhoods, and so do the cougars, some residents say.