May 7, 2010

Disneyland's Undercover Cats (News)

After dark, the dirty work at Disneyland begins: cleanup crews sweep up and clean up. It's all very private and away from the public eye. Other than the employees, the only witnesses to this ritual are Disney's official tribe of feral cats. Like the workers, the cats have a job to do as well: They are there to clean-up the rodent population. Disneyland would not be the same without their precious working feral cats!

An interesting story not intentionally about cats at the LA Times, but the feral cat connection was interesting: After dark, the dirty work at Disneyland begins - latimes.com
At lush Pixie Hollow, gardeners don miner's headlamps as they begin uprooting stubborn weeds. On Main Street, custodians scrape chewing gum off the sidewalk. And over at Mickey's Toontown, painters sand and recoat chipped handrails.

Few see it happen, except perhaps for the dozens of feral cats that emerge from their hiding places to prowl the park after hours, stalking rodents.