|Belle, Lucy, and Sara|
This morning at approximately 7:30 a.m., Lucy Varnado emerged from indoor quarters to the backyard. As is the routine, food was distributed by staff to all canines and felines.
“Wilbur’s missing. Wilbur’s missing,” a crewmember cried shortly after entering the studio. “The triplets are there, but no Wilbur.”
An alarm went out to all. Flashlights were seized, coats donned, and a search ensued.
The interior of the studio was turned upside down. No Wilbur. The crawl spaces under the studio, barn, and house were checked. No Wilbur. The vent wells, which Belle had shown some disposition toward for birthing were checked. No Wilbur. The front yard, the back yard. No Wilbur. Under the cars. No Wilbur.
Pictures of a hawk descending and carrying away poor defenseless Wilbur began to barge into staff member’s heads. Images of snarling, vicious tomcats soon joined them.
“How will we tell our readers about this?” a staff member questioned, eyes pooling tears.
All near despair, someone had the idea to ask Aunt Lucy about it.
“Well, of course, I was inside headquarters when all this went down, but you know I’ve got a pretty good nose. I’d love to have a crack at finding our Wilbur. We had a great time bonding yesterday, and I just can’t stand to think about something happening to the little tyke.” Lucy wiped a tear from her brown lashed eye.
Fluorescent orange collar flashing in true search and rescue fashion, Lucy set out.
“Find Wilbur, Lucy,” staff members shouted encouragingly.
Once outside the backyard gate, Lucy’s nose went to the ground in determination. She sniffed, followed trails, sniffed, followed trails, sniffed, and….
There in an ivy bed close to the fence, Lucy discovered a black and white ball of fur, alive and safe.
Staff members danced all the way back to the studio.
No explanation has been given for Wilbur’s mysterious relocation, but dog biscuits were brought forth and Lucy was proclaimed “Hero for the Day.”
Between bites, Lucy issued this statement, “I didn’t do anything any other Aunt wouldn’t have done for one of her favorite nephews. Why I’d have searched a tiger’s den if necessary. I’m just glad he’s safe.”
|Wilbur sleeping with siblings|
More on this story later in the week.
Meanwhile, the staff is considering the greater implications of this lost and found story.
“But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. (Luke 15:32)”
P.S Monday, 11:58 a.m.
Mystery solved. Belle, who can be a force of nature, decided she wanted her kittens to be near Lucy. Evidently, in transportation Wilbur crawled underneath the fence. Now, Belle has moved all four to the vent well by the back door, and right beside where Lucy lies everyday. Staff has no idea what they're going to do with a storm coming this evening.