The more I see of this grooming behavior, the clearer it seems that Bugs is expressing assertiveness, not necessarily affection. The pattern is that Fang will be occupying one of Bugs’s favorite spots. Bugs will lope up, stand over Fang, and commence grooming vigorously. Fang will tolerate this up to a point. Then he will lash out suddenly – and let the games begin.
So those of us who long to find love in these images, let’s just go right ahead and do so – just knowing we’re probably making things up, more or less.
I need this. Fang has to go back to the vet. There’s a tiny bit of bloody discharge from his left eye, and yesterday he threw up again. I think this may be connected to his URI and the antibiotics I’m still giving him –
So let us turn our thoughts to love. And while away a little more time paddling around in de Nile.
If I’m honest.