One of the challenges of cat companionship is the predatory nature of the feline. All cats, from the great big tiger to the little house cat love to hunt. Today I caught Maxwell “playing” with this poor salamander. About the only defense mechanism in the salamander’s arsenal is its detachable tail which this fellow, as you can see, used. At first I thought Max had killed it, but apparently it was playing possum. When I took a second look, it had escaped into the grass. I hope it survives its encounter with the mighty hunter.