I would guess that anybody who’s spent any time in the woods at night–or has a cat or dog–has seen highly reflective “glowing” eyes staring at them. I know I have, and I’ve seen these eyes come in all kinds of colors–white, green, yellow, and so forth. But I don’t think I ever, until recently, saw a pair of glowing red eyes. At least not outside of horror movies.
My question–what animal has eyes that appear to glow red in the nighttime.
I first saw these eyes staring at me from the weeds and bushes at the side of the road I run on most every night. This is in a semi-rural area a few miles outside a medium-sized city in Northeast Arkansas. The uncultivated land is a mix of open fields and woods; there are nearby cotton, rice, and soybean farms. There are also now a few pretty big factories scattered around out there, screwing up the local eco-system (my county has sold land to a several big companies from up north over the last couple years).
I’m sure it’s nothing to worry about, but still . . . it’s kind of creepy, and I have enough problems with wild dogs and the psychotic bats.
Could it be a rat? I’ve encountered them at night before, but I can’t recall what there eyes looked like. I’m almost certain it’s not a possum (there’s no “O” in that word where I live), cat, racoon, wild dog, skunk, deer, armadillo, or any other animal I’ve encountered around here. I know we’ve got a couple coyotes on the loose, and I’ve seen wolves (escaped pets illegally bred); people tell me that we have “panthers” or “wild cats,” but I’ve never seen any animal like that in Arkansas. I know we’ve got bears, but those are too big to be the animal(s) giving me the evil eye on my nightly run is much too small for that.
And yes I’ve done drugs, and yes I’m a horror novel/movie addict, and yes I have a very active imagination–and no, I’m not hallucinating.
What kind of animal has lambent red eyes at night?
Thanks in advance.