Well, her penchant for capturing shrews seemed dormant for awhile but yesterday she again brought home a Blarina brevicauda, the short tailed shrew.
[image credit Maryland Dept of Natural Resources]
Long ago when a previous cat brought home a shrew, I originally keyed out the shrew to determine the species. I vividly recall that the guide book said something like "This is the shrew that the cat brings home and drops on the doorstep."
I said to the bride, "Well, it must not be the short-tailed shrew--the cat left this one on the porch, not the doorstep."