Mar 04 2013

Free-Range Peacocks & Other Friendly Fauna

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Feeding time for the peacocks

Doug feeding the “peaks”

This bucolic scene is deceptive. Because Doug has never encountered an animal he doesn’t want to feed, our property is overrun with pesky peacocks and pet deer.

Deer sunbathing

Friendly deer enjoying the sun outside our front door

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Nov 28 2009

Under Surveillance … by the Animal Kingdom

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Tiny Kali-gee is a fearless peacock chaserIt was not yet dawn. Our business line was ringing, so I automatically jumped out of bed and ran to answer the phone. Big mistake. Within seconds, Kali-gee, our geriatric outdoor cat, was howling Continue Reading »

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Aug 21 2009

Wild Animals? Hardly.

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Deer at table with adopted mother

Janet Schwartz of Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, is about to have her pet doe seized by misguided local wildlife authorities. This is a very sad tale indeed.  Ms. Schwartz rescued it as a fawn after it was orphaned five years. The black-tailed (mule) deer is entirely domesticated: it sleeps on a bed and eats at the table; it dances to music and gives kisses. Ms. Schwartz considers it the child she never had Continue Reading »

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