Milana and Farrah have become quite the dynamic duo, a good match in temperament, physicality, enthusiasm and curiosity. Farrah spent the day calling, 'Come on 'nana, let's do it...or...let's go!' They are enjoying each other heaps.
Daisy and Cosmos a match as well. They are very sweet together, do a lot of looking and smiling and standing beside each other and watching the same things, then checking each other out.
Mid morning, Milana happened to notice Mash the cat bouncing around a way to the side of where were all playing. She wandered over unnoticed by the other children and ... Mash had a rat. Playing with it and bouncing around, the little rat lying still then dashing and dancing. Milana was fascinated. Pure curiosity. She stood and watched to see what would happen. This went on for some ten minutes or more and then Mash picked the rat up in her mouth and strode off to get away from a small group of onlookers now there around her. Milana didn't miss a beat, she kept her eye on Mash and strode of after her. You could totally see her innocence. She didn't 'know' what was happening or going to happen, yet she was watching something quite amazing. Mash turned into a little garden and Milana just stood and watched. By this time the rat had taken it's last breath and Farrah had noticed Milana wasn't right with the children. They all came over to see what was happening. Mash was ready to feast and in that moment as all the questions that could be asked and how the experience might be ran through my mind, Farrah announced that it was dead, more people gathered and some distraction in the near-by chook pen took us all in another direction.
Mother nature is such a wonderful teacher. The most that was asked was why Mash had the rat and I was able to tell the children, it's in her nature.
Cat's chase and eat small animals like rats and mice and farmers often love to have cats around to do this. 'Why?' because then the rats and mice don't get to eat the food for the animals and make nests in the wires of the barn. All simple true and factual and the children most satisfied.
... and mother nature in Milana, curiosity and fascination to burn, it was oozing from her being.