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A few nights ago, the dogs announced the arrival of rival creature in the garden, and as I looked up in the trees, I saw the distinctive striped tail of a genet.

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A wild animal, this little guy (or guys!) have been making frequent visits to my garden, often walking quietly amongst the horses when the dogs are on the veranda.

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Ronja was very upset by the genet’s presence, but could not quite understand why I did not take matters as seriously as she did!

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Armed with a torchlight and a camera, I watched the fascinating creature as it jumped from one branch to another.

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Well aware of my presence, he seem oblivious to me being there,

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…nor was he particularly bothered by the hostile stare of the dog below.

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Safe in the tree, the genet lay to rest,

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…while Ronja stared in chock at the enemy creature’s audacity to call HER garden ITS home.

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Personally, I adore genets!

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They are beautiful, elegant and daring creatures. This guy seemed as intrigued by me as I was by him, and did not let my torchlight (or the hostile dog right beneath him) stop him from going about with his usual nightly routines.

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I watched him for a over ten minutes (while the mosquitoes bit my legs) as he cleaned his tail and tried out the tree for the most comfortable sleeping position.

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Eventually he found it, and I just stood there, amazed at his beauty and lost in a world of wilderness.

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After several minutes, the feline-line creature closed his eyes and napped, telling me it was time to go back to bed.

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At my side, Ronja was falling asleep on her post as well,

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…and I took this last picture of the dog sitting on duty-patrol under the tree and the genet sleeping comfortably above it, before calling it a wrap.

This is not our first genet visit, and hopefully not our last either! To read more about our genet visits and what kind of animal the genet is, click here.

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