We live in a zoo

@savypat (20246)
United States
February 9, 2010 9:32am CST
For a Christmas present we received a hand held spot light. Now we can see into our back fields 24 hours per day. You would not believe what we found. In the night they were occupied by many different critters. You can tell the difference when you first see the color of their eyes. The first night we look out we saw 6 deer, 2 which seemed to be sleeping, 5 raccoons, who were busy digging up the dirt for worms, three foxes watching the racoons, two possiums just traveling through and an owl watching the whole field for signs of a rodent to catch. It's wonderful we want to stay up all night just to watch. Can you guess what goes on around your home in the dark. Even in the city you would most likely be surprised.
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@polachicago (19075)
• United States
9 Feb 10
Great present! what makes it different with spot light? is it similar to night vision? I wish to be able to see more than I am able to see. My dogs are barking at night often when animals are close for my house, I wish to be able to see what is walking close by...
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
10 Feb 10
This thing costs about $40 and I gave one as a present also. It's really fun.
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@polachicago (19075)
• United States
10 Feb 10
Maybe I should have one in my hand....
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Feb 10
Kewl. We've seen wild turkeys and a bobcat and a coyote and skunks...
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
9 Feb 10
Our wild turkeys are out during the day, you can hear them in the bush during the night. Coyote often sing on the road at night and we did see a cougar and a bobcat last spring.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Feb 10
We had a very famous cougar attack near here and there was a bear our first winter here. So they're all around us...
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
10 Feb 10
Hey pat! That sounds totally awesome! I would love to have a view like that since I am an animal lover too! I live on the outskirts of the city so we have racoons, squirrels, skunks and some other little critters roaming around at night! I did come face to face one morning about 4AM with a racoon which kind of scarred the living daylights out of me! I live in a Garden Apartment Complex so there are only 2 floors and 4 apartments to each door, although the apartments are really all connected from the back! I was leaving my girlfriend/neighbors apartment and I opened her door and to my surprise there was a racoon walking upstairs! He looked right at me and I had a good look at that adorable face before I screamed! He must have opened the front door with those cute little paws! But, since it was almost daylight that wasn't a good sign so we called the police! By the time they got there, of course my little racoon friend was nowhere to be found and the cops thought we were intoxicated and crazy!lol
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
11 Feb 10
It is worrisome when wild animals do things that don't seem normal. We watch out for that.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
10 Feb 10
What a great idea for a gift! It would be amazing to watch the animals that come out at night. We live in suburbia but it would be fascinating to see what lurks in our backyard when it’s dark. I know there are possums and rats and I wonder what else...You live on a property to you would get an array of different species visiting your place! That’s wonderful, wish I could see it!
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
22 Feb 10
It is a dream come true for us to live here. Thanks
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• India
10 Feb 10
Now this is common glipmse to me also, I heard twice or thrice in a week that forest people caputred deer, wolf roaming aroud in the city. I saw many times a wild animals hide himself in the garden. They lived there wihtout any fear. Why this is happening I don't understand. Our government planned various forest preserver places. Hundreds of people employed to take care of these animals after that having all these deployment they flee from the forest.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
22 Feb 10
People who set up forest preserves didn't ask the animals what they wanted. Thanks
• Philippines
10 Feb 10
Boy! What a life you have that day. I think your life that day is something it's add to your experience. I share my deepest sentiments to you. And I hope it's not your life all the time. Have a good day!
@savypat (20246)
• United States
10 Feb 10
It is pretty much like this all the time. We are a certified wild life habitat and so we encourage all these critter neighbors.
• Estonia
9 Feb 10
Wow, you have made a really cool discovery! I think it would be quite cool to observe wild animals from your home windows. Yesterday, my math teacher was telling us about a similar experience she had: there were lots of deers around her garden, some rabbits too. They were looking for tree bark and food leftovers there. Our teachers said she will be leaving some hay or vegetables for these animals, so she would have something to observe in the evening again. I think you're very lucky to have a chance to see something like that!
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
9 Feb 10
We do know how lucky we are. We are living our dream in retirement. Thanks
@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
9 Feb 10
Wow I would love to watch all them Animals specially the Deer it must be great to watch the Nature like that
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
9 Feb 10
I usually watch them on the discovery and animal channels but it is fun to see them in the back field.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
9 Feb 10
Hi savypat, I completely agree with you, we would certainly be surprised. Now if we could just watch all the busy insects and see what they were doing. We live a lifetime on this earth and know so little about our fellow inhabitants. Blessings.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
9 Feb 10
How right you are. Thanks
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
9 Feb 10
Yup! I live in Ontario near Toronto Canada, on a farm in the country. We cannot see another house from our front yard. 3 summers ago I shot a black bear in the yard, and we often have wild turkeys roosting in the trees by the house. Once, while sleeping with the bedroom window open, a Cougar called just outside. It was a horrid screeching noise, and at the time I had no idea what it was. Later we saw it crossing the road. White tailed deer are very common, as are skunks,weasels,Canada Geese, and coyotes.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
9 Feb 10
The Canada Geese are becoming such a problem around here they are asking the state for permission to start shooting them. To bad the shoot most of the coyotes who use to control the geese populations. The fine hand of man stricks again.
• United States
9 Feb 10
When I lived in the country we had all sorts of critters! Deer, raccoons, even a black panther once!! THAT was scary! Now that we live in the city I am amazed at what is here. I have seen deer, possums, raccoons, and of course the stray cats and dogs. I won't mention the hawk that flies overhead trying to capture a moment when I am not watching my 3lb yorkie! LOL
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
9 Feb 10
The birds we are around here would think that small a dog was a snack. An eagle or even a red tail hawk is a big bird and very strong.
@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
9 Feb 10
My dad has one of those lights and one evening he shined it in the field for me--green eyes everywhere! It was a small herd of deer, they were gorgeous! I was surprised to find that we have raccoons and possums here in the city. Cookie almost caught a raccoon last week and I'm very glad she didn't! He made it over our fence and climbed a pole and wouldn't come down till I took her inside and shut the dog door.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
9 Feb 10
Yes a raccoon can really harm a dog in a fight.
• United States
9 Feb 10
We always have wildlife wandering around our house after dark. The deer have even been known to bed down in our corn and graze lazily. The worst thing we have wandering are the skunks. In the summer we will have at least one or two of them get hit by a car out in front of the house; and the smell will linger for days. My favorite little critter to watch are the chipmunks. They will play in the grass and leaves. It is hard to believe that a critter as small as they are can make such a racket.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
9 Feb 10
We have skunks also they smell terrible here, I don't remember the desert skunks smelling as bad unless they were hurt or killed. Here the stink up the whole house as they move past in the night.