“Wild animals are less wild and more human than many humans of this world” 

The cold is still here. It is only 26˚. Again, the view from my window belies the temperature. The sun is squint your eyes bright. The sky is blue and cloudless. The day has nary a breeze. The dogs love this weather. They are out for the longest time, even Henry the sloth. As for the disposition of the possum, it will leave my yard today. Nala won’t care. She has lost interest.

When I was a kid, I never saw much wildlife. There were spawns of Satan everywhere. Once in a while a skunk waddled by. We ran in the other direction. I remember on a family Sunday drive to nowhere we all yelled when we saw deer in a field. My father stopped the car so we could watch. Even grazing cows rated a yelp. I remember hawks on the hunt riding the thermals and whirling in the sky.

Here on the cape, wild life abounds. Coyotes are common as are wild turkeys. I have seen as many as twelve or more in a single raptor. They wander up my street noshing as they go. One night a deer stopped in the road in front of me when it saw my car. I slammed on my brakes and slid a bit sideways to avoid hitting it. I saw the scared look of a deer in the headlights. I suspect the deer saw the same look on face. Foxes too are common. They trot along the sides of the roads. I saw a hawk dine on a spawn it had caught. That hawk was right out the window of the cafeteria during lunch. The kids didn’t care. They watched while they ate lunch.

My favorite sighting was in Ghana. I was riding my moto, as they call it in Ghana, on a bush dirt road on the way to visit a friend. The road was remote and only led to her village. A car driven by a white person stopped by my moto to ask if I was lost as that road didn’t get much traffic. Anyway, a bit further on, I could see what looked like hairy men on one side of the road. I stopped and watched. They were baboons, about five of them. One stopped in the middle of the road to look at me. I stood statue still. It decided I was no threat and took off with its gorilla pals. I breathed the biggest sigh of relief.

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4 Comments on ““Wild animals are less wild and more human than many humans of this world” ”

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Couldy skies and a temperature of 72°. A blustery day with winds from the southeast at 15 kts. Gust to 22 kts.

    When I was kid in Dallas in the 1950s, we lived very close to the northern city limit. In those days there were horse and dairy farms just a block away from my house. Because of the phenomenal population growth since then, we get coyotes roaming in neighborhoods all around the metropolitan area.

    My biggest surprise living in Northestern Tarrant county is how many small horse and cattle ranches, or old ranch style houses are interspersed with tract housing. You can be driving down a street surrounded by single family houses and on the next block find a field with horses or cattle. Continuing down the street, the housing development increases again. I think many of these landowners haven’t sold out to the developers and keep ranching and farming because of the lower taxes on agricultural land.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      It was cold here, but there was no wind. I stayed home. I thought about going to the dump but decided it was too cold. The cape had the warmest night temperature in the 20’s. The water is 40˚which helps.

      Coyotes have become urban dwellers. They have adapted well. There are often sights of them in Boston. Down here there are plenty of spaces for them to wander. I used to see them crossing the golf course in the very early morning.

      I think it is amazing and wonderful that there are fields even in the developed areas. The town where I grew up used to have farms when I was a kid. None of them are left now.

      The cape towns are smart. For example, my town has bought several tracts of land for conservation. They even bought a field and barns where horses were boarded and now continue to be boarded.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Regional news today: four abandoned goldfish were found in a bucket at a gas station. That’s our kind of wildlife reports 🙂

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