Calvin the Autotaster

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Cal has had a wicky little habit as long as I’ve known him. When seemingly calm, comfortable, and sleepy he will curl up–usually facing away from any action surrounding him–and in a trancelike state he will lovingly lick his elbow. His eyes sort of half close, but he keeps them aimed at the elbow in question and just gently licks. He doesn’t chew or gnaw or lick aggressively; he does not appear to have a goal in mind, like cleaning. It’s almost like it’s his Cal-specific interpretation of thumb sucking, “Ah. I don’t have thumbs. But I do have this elbow.” After a few minutes he will usually settle his chin on something for a nap or a good staring session (another favorite pastime.)

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