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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

ODD NEWS | Where the wild things are

Chris Geanokos | News Editor
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Day in, day out, City College students stroll about the campus, coming and going and coming again. It becomes so repetitious that it almost feels as if we live here.

However, as we scurry to and from classes, it is quite probable that little attention is really paid to our campus’ true inhabitants. While the student body may see the City College grounds as home, for the animals on campus, this is not just a figurative truth.

Although it’s probably a no-brainer that City College, just like almost anywhere else, is home to many birds, it’s astonishing to learn that even now, during winter, there are between 20 to 25 species living on campus.

Birds like the scrub jay and Anna’s hummingbird, which, according to City College biology professor David Wyatt, are able to stay on campus because they feed from winter resistant eucalyptus trees. “Since they have a food source here they stay basically all winter,” Wyatt said.

It has been rumored that there is a family of foxes living underneath the Temporary 3 building, otherwise known as the Journalism

Department. City College Police Officer Jinky-Jay Lampano has given this claim credibility.
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“I’ve never heard of them living under the building but I have seen them,” Lampano said.

Others dispute this claim, such as City College custodian Sue Pair. According to Pair, raccoons are what reside beneath the Journalism Department building.

“The raccoons in the early morning eat the cat food by the door and evidently nest underneath.”

“The only strange things I’ve seen are possums and squirrels,” remarked Jerry Pair, husband of Sue Pair and also a City College custodian. “I was reaching to pull the trash liner off and a squirrel flew up and knocked my hat off.”

City College also boasts a large feral cat population. One of the most interesting encounters between the campus and its cat population occurred in 1961. The Pony Express, the name of the college newspaper at that time, reports that during this year one cat birthed a litter of kittens beneath the library.

These days, cats still make their presence known.
“We’ve had cats falling through the ceiling tile of the auditorium,” said Jerry. “Of course, it wasn’t funny when it happened.”

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