THEN, if you can believe it, we were walking around up near the front of the property, which we haven't done in a while since we've been taking care of Borris every minute, and heard a meow, meow, meow coming from the hill down to the culvert. We've got a bunch of crown vetch there because it's too steep to mow. I said "where are you" (well, first I said "ooh no") and saw a big rustle in the leaves down below and then this guy climbed his way up the hill through the crown vetch and popped out the top! he was super sweet and lovey right away - like he'd been around people, but was super skinny, COVERED in fleas, and had a bum leg. oh, another cat with a messed up leg! but what could we do? you can't just put him back in the ditch!
So i took him to the vet where he was diagnosed with a broken lower leg, but that we probably didn't need to do anything - kittens are pretty resiliant and he'd probably heal up just fine. He does walk on it, he's just all gimpy (i actually thought maybe it was a birth defect, but there are wounds there that are healing) He got some shots, and some blood tests and we took him home and gave him a hell of a bath, then some Revolution to take care of his fleas. He's probably 14 weeks old and now we have yet another kitten!! oy! i've never met a more lovey cat though - he's sweet as sugar and super affectionate! we're still tossing around names...more to come!