I posted this on Facebook, but I am posting it here because there is a trend to my animal interactions.
I saw a stray dog, so I pulled over in a parking lot to save him and I was standing by my car talking to him (he was far away) when a lady said “Honey, you know that’s a coyote, right?” and my response was “I thought it was a doggy”.
That is not the first time I, Darcy the Friend to All Animals, thought an animal was the wrong species.
One time I was talking to my mom on the phone while driving, which in and of itself is a rare event, and I said “Oh! An otter just crossed the street!” when what I actually saw was a possum.
When we were Amish hunting, I shouted “Look at all the little white dogs!” at a herd of sheeps.
I saw a fox for the first time a few years ago and thought it was a weird looking cat.
The bottom line is, for as much time as I spend looking at cute pictures of animals and trying to save them and pet them, I really should be better at identifying them. I might make some flash cards, and my nieces can make fun of me as they quiz me. I mean, and also I am 38 and should really be able to name them at this point.
Also, I went to Noah’s Lost Ark (go give them money) with my dad and saw “a baby horsie” (i.e. a donkey), sheeps, lions, tigers, bears, monkeys, a bison, a blind horse who had a seeing eye horse, goats, a Coyote Dog hybrid (please do not hybrid coyotes and dogs), deers, and a kitty that somehow was hybrided with a lion or something, and it made a kitty who had no idea what he was and he was scared and rescues would not take him and so Noah’s Lost Ark did. They are a great place. They take animals that idiots tried to keep as pets (because black bears make great house pets), and they cannot be returned to the wild, so they are in this sanctuary. Oh and I saw an Emu. And you cannot pet these animals (except the goats and sheeps and donkeys), and you cannot be loud and you cannot yell at the animals and they take very good care of them. I do not like zoos, but I like this place.
The first two pictures – are those the same kind of animal? I do not know.