On the heels of Monday’s hummingbird brought to you by Jiggy, this morning Pepper dropped off an alligator lizard — tail-less but otherwise unharmed — announcing its delivery with a strange wail that brought me into the kitchen without hesitation to find the reptile curled up on the kitchen mat.

After a few minutes of peace and quiet in a box by my desk, I installed the critter as seen above (click for the bigger picture) in what’s become the go-to Lizard Recuperation Facility: namely Buster’s hutch. There they hang around long enough to get their faculties back in order and then find their ways out where hopefully they will manage to avoid any future cat encounters.