He disappeared on the day before I left the North and I was hoping that he'd only gone wandering, as he has done in the past. I was told this morning that his body has been found in the long grass close to the house.
I strongly suspect that he was zapped by a snake. He was in perfect health and it could only have been a snake which caused him to die so suddenly.
The week before his disappearance it was very hot and humid and there were a lot of large snakes around, they were hunting and were likely all venomous.
I've probably been too lenient in dealing with snakes near the house lately - I was hoping we could live in harmony.
It's slight comfort knowing that he probably did not suffer or die caught in some trap but, still - I feel sad.