Sunday, June 14, 2009

Gators and 'coons and otters, oh my!

So, the other night, my son Robert (6) walks outside to feed the Scoot.....he comes back inside with BIG wild eyes and says "Mom, that's NOT Scoot!" So I respond, "what do you mean, that's not Scoot?" Robert says "LOOK!" as he points out the back door...and standing up on hind legs peering into Scoot's door, is a wild raccoon! Scooter wouldn't even come out of his barrel/den...Only his nose and eyes stuck out. He was like "WTF??? Who is THAT?" (seriously, the look on his face said it all) The wild 'coon stuck around scrounging food for a bit, but we haven't seen him since...
Then, this morning, my other son, John, (8) comes running in full speed from the back yard yelling "Mom! Mom! there's an OTTER in the canal!" I'm thinking, "sure there is..." So we all go out back to the tiki bar, and sure enough there is a Florida River Otter sitting under our dock! Mark and the boys fed him a couple of shrimp, and we watched and laughed for a while......while the dog went nuts..... Otters are really entertaining to watch. It is not very good video, but darn, they are so fast, they're hard to capture on film or in pictures...
And to think that just two weeks ago we had a pair of gators out back...wild surburbia!

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