Three horses still live in Griffintown

Three horses are still stabled in Griffintown and there are concerns about the conditions in which they’re kept.

In other sad animal news, a man has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for abusing then killing his cat and dog. Don’t look at this if you’re at all tender‑hearted about animals.

But there’s better animal news, sort of: a king penguin hatched at the Biodome last month, just announced this week.

And, later – weirder animal news. Walking along the upper Main, not far from Crémazie, I saw two men staring at something on the sidewalk. It was a dead furry thing and I hoped it wasn’t a cat.

It wasn’t. It was a dead possum.

I’d read that the species habitat was moving north with climate change – there was this piece last year – but this is the first time I’ve seen one, alive or dead. I told the men what it was, and that it wasn’t a huge rat, as one suggested.