But earlier tonight, we did spot him nosing about the perimeter of the eatery where his mum used to beg for food. He wasn’t quite able to get the hang of the beg-for-food business, did not dare to approach people and generally stayed off the concrete floor of the eatery. The shrubs that used to mark the eatery perimeter are gone as we’ve said, but stumps remain along with a few dried leaves scattered on the still-loose earth.
At the edge of the perimeter, while waiting for btmao to come, I saw BambiBaby trying to chew at least 2 dried leaves before giving up. It was pathetic.
He was very scaredy but meowed his heart out when btmao called him, attracting the eatery customers’ attention. He kept to the outer perimeter as btmao tried to lead him to a quieter corner to feed him, meowing at the top of his lungs all the while. I kept away to avoid stressing him more than he needed to be.
But there were obviously communication problems between btmao and him. Without Bambi around, he simply wasn’t going to trust anyone easily. It took 5 mins just to lead him 2 metres. It was also attracting too much attention. Finally, btmao decided to just feed him at one end of the eatery perimeter. While he hesitated between waiting for dinner and scooting off, btmao cooed and struggled to dish out the mash. He seemed to clue on to what she was trying to do and waiting nervously and expectantly behind a potted plant. Finally the food was ready.
However, the kids at the nearest table did their best to scare him. He was obviously bothered by their hackling and wavered between eating and running off. Sad to say, the annoying kids succeeded while their proud guardians watched in amusement.
BamibiBaby’s nerve broke and he ran for his life before he even took a bite. He ran like mad, first under one car then another and then straight into a drain where we lost sight of him.
Thankfully, his “home”, a rack of potted plants, was nearby. We last saw Bambi there, and he seemed to be sticking to it failthfully too. While I was searching in the opposite direction, btmao caught a glimpse of him on the homerun.
Carefully, btmao presented dinner and stepped away. Finally, he was able to eat. He was so hungry and so relieved that he gobbled up the mash without posting any lookouts, to the point that btmao managed to inch her way to his side. He moved away only upon her second attempt at petting him.
From this encounter, we’re quite sure Bambi has not voluntarily abandoned BambiBaby. We can only hope she was taken by some good samatarian and is safe somewhere.
As for BambiBaby… anyone willing to foster him? We believe all he needs is a bit of time to get over his loss and some tlc to settle down. We just need him to be socialised before taking him over and hopefully into Foster Mum’s.