Some of you readers may remember Alfie's affinity for otters. From certain angles, I even think Alfie looks a bit otter-ish himself. Something about the round whiskery snout...what do you think?
...So anyway, the kids were watching Nature on PBS Sunday night, featuring among other things, otters. Alfie slept through the early part of the show and the various noises the otters made. But when one of the otter pups got separated from its mother and siblings, Alfie snapped to attention. Something about its cries must've been like a universal animal SOS. Alfie looked up, looked at the TV, then trotted nervously to the back door and the front window, in full alert mode! He didn't quit this anxious patrol until (thank goodness) pup and family were reunited. The funny part was that none of us humans could really tell a difference between otter noises that meant "help" and their normal play talk. But to Alfie the difference was so pronounced it woke him up! Aren't animals interesting?