My little house in Tucson is surrounded by a small patch of desert. Since moving here in September, I’ve seen a tarantula, a rattlesnake, a couple little packrats that I would love to make friends with, too many tiny lizards to count, hummingbirds, and coyotes. I also just missed seeing a bobcat cross a road a couple weeks ago.
Tonight, the landlord knocked on my door to ask if I’d ever seen a javelina before, and said we had a pack hanging out in our driveway area! My boyfriend and I got a flashlight and stayed way back, but we saw four of them, including a baby! I was simultaneously scared and awed by seeing nature so close. They were crunching away on cactus, and one was even trying to get a better grip on a piece by using my boyfriend’s tire as leverage.
So yeah, wild animals are pretty cool. Has anyone else seen anything neat up close and personal lately (or ever)? I know some of you live in Exotic Locales, there are some better stories than mine out there!