Photo taken a few hours after they were born, 21 August 2007.
From left to right the provisional names are:
Anorexia. Second born. Came out some 20 minutes after the first one and couldn't latch onto a nipple for almost an hour after birth. At the time Anorexia would eat, but wasn't as enthusiastic about it as the other two. Now Anorexia has a normal appetite.
Bingey. First born. Won't let go of a nipple no matter what. In spite of there being nipples to spare will fight over the nearest one. Was almost as large as the other two combined. Will suckle anything. Looks enough like a platypus that sucking on a dewclaw almost makes sense.
Stimpy. Third born, popped out just a couple minutes after kitten number 2. At first MAO wouldn't have anything thing to do with this one. MAO had it under her mouth but wouldn't lick it clean after eating the placenta. I had to put it under MAO's face after MAO pretty much rolled away with the other two. Has what looks like a rat's foot. I wouldn't be surprised if Stimpy has issues. As the day progresses Stimpy is looking more and more like MAO, other than that whole rat foot thing. Since then Stimpy's rat foot is a normal looking foot. MAO is now taking care of Stimpy just as well as the others. Stimpy will crawl and roll away from the group now and then, but manage to crawl and roll back when hungry.
MAO being MAO insisted that I be around for the birth and hang around until things settled down. I was working on the forum with my laptop when the labor was getting under way. It's a good thing she decided on a closet in my bedroom. At least I can be close by all the time.
MAO has sinced moved all of the kittens to the closet in my office, ensconcing them under a box of yet-to-be used magazine holders (for all the neurological journals I get) between the wall and a file cabinet. She moved some stuff I had lying around to block the near end and has them all under this defensible space. As their eyes are due to open this is nice and dim. Plus she's now around me most of the day, and still close by when I'm sleeping.
Bengal's are very loyal, so MAO just likes to be around me 20 hours out of the day.
So far I've noticed that Stimpy is the most sensory defensive. I'd get near him and he'd make that "I hate the new smell" sound. Anorexia would make it only if I had been handling something recently that had a scent I could notice. Bingey made it all of one time, when I leaned over to say goodbye just after brushing my teeth and gargling.
They are all purring loud enough for me to hear them when I check up on them. Something MAO wants me to do often enough.
I'm thinking of new names. I'm not going to be calling them what I'm calling them now.
It's obvious that MAO is an F3 and somehow got away from a breeder. All three of the kittens are showing the markings of normal Bengals. Plus there's the whole thing about F3's being super friendly, and that's MAO.