Just when we thought we were only feeding and sheltering the feline and skunk population in our area, we recently had a visitation of turkeys as well. There two large hens and two little “turklets” wandering through our garden, taking in the sights and enjoying themselves.
Two of our cats had been sitting in the window at the time, and they were at full attention watching our newest guests. Even our largest cat, Tinker, looked a bit intimidated; these turkeys were easily twice his size. Of course, the Crankee Yankee, being the animal magnet that he is, walked out to toss some bread to them. After their “lunch,” they strolled off across the street to new adventures.
We also get the occasional raccoon visits as well. There is one momma with three kits around, and they often help themselves to the cat kibble we keep out back. The cats don’t seem to mind, and in the main the raccoons behave themselves; unless of course there is a feud over food. That’s when the “*chirring” begins; it’s evidently raccoon-speak for “hey, you’ve had your turn; don’t be a pig!”
I think that every critter in our area is aware that we just can’t let any animal go hungry or thirsty. We are major pushovers, and don’t they know it! Even the squirrels raid our birdfeeder each morning. I don’t really mind because the majority of the birds enjoy pulling worms out of our garden anyway. Plus our cats greatly enjoy the “squirrel show” each day.
Our son-in-law, who hails from South Africa, gets a kick out of our vistors. He says that where he grew up it wasn’t just strays that came around; it was meercats and baboons and the occasional wild boar. He told us about the time that a troupe of baboons actually broke into his family’s home and raided the refrigerator and all the cupboards! Imagine coming home to that!
After hearing that, we are grateful that we are only dealing with what/who we’re already feeding. All of our visitors know that we are big pushovers, anyway; no surprise there.
*’Chirring’ is the best way to describe the sound of aggravated raccoons arguing.