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February 1st, 2015


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02:23 pm - Loose Black Ferret
This morning whilst walking Master Danger I saw a black sable ferret (I think) running across the park.

I say 'I think," because that beast looked really big from a distance. I mean, "Sredni Vashtar"-killing-Conradin's-aunt big. (See Saki, "Sredni Vashtar." Great creepy short story... er, for which I have just spoiled you.) It hurtled along the path ahead of me and Master Danger, covering ground fast in its snaky lope. For no reason I can think of, it turned off the path when it reached the parking lot and hurtled toward the Recreation building and then out of my sight.

My neighbor had seen it a few minutes earlier in someone's open yard. He and his dogs were gazing at the spot it no longer was when I walked by. "Loose animal," he said. "Not one we see 'round these parts much."

Was it a pet fleeing its home? Was it a manifestation of small-town darkness? Is it still out there?

May you have no stray aunt-killing beasts in your day. :)

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From:gwynnega
Date:February 1st, 2015 10:34 pm (UTC)
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Wow, a ferret sighting? We only get skunks and possums!
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From:laurawise
Date:February 2nd, 2015 12:34 am (UTC)
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It was so strange! We do get raccoons and possums and bunnies and voles (plus hawks, owls, and the occasional eagle), but this was a first.

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From:mamculuna
Date:February 1st, 2015 10:52 pm (UTC)
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Sredi in the park! What a vision! But I hope it was either a wild one or got found soon. I had a friend who had small brown ferrets, and I recall her problems with them running away but not necessarily being up to managing on their own.
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From:laurawise
Date:February 2nd, 2015 12:35 am (UTC)
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There are a LOT of predators around here so yes, I hope it escaped safely to wherever it was going or managed to get home. Except that it was Really Quite Big on its own...

Cheers to you!
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From:mamculuna
Date:February 2nd, 2015 12:38 am (UTC)
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Maybe a native Wild Thing! Let's hope!
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From:anne_d
Date:February 1st, 2015 11:43 pm (UTC)
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Eek. Stay safe!
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From:laurawise
Date:February 2nd, 2015 12:35 am (UTC)
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This was one uncanny beast, I'll say that.

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From:julia_here
Date:February 2nd, 2015 07:58 am (UTC)
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I'll bet it was an otter. Or possibly a mink, nasty things though they are. But probaby an otter; domestic ferrets aren't much good at escaping, according to my ferret-keeping friends, and they tend to bang on the door to be let back in pretty quickly. This time of year last year's young are looking for new territories and will wander far from water looking for a place to call their own.

Could be a ferret that someone let loose to get rid of it, I suppose, but the Black Sable ones are very valuable (and very domesticated: the further the pattern from the native markings, the more likely an animal is to act like a house pet) so I doubt someone would dump it.

I'm making stories about your random vulpid, which is good; the story-making parts of my brain are a bit stiff and sticky lately.

Julia, thanks for the images and the mysteries!
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From:laurawise
Date:February 2nd, 2015 11:42 am (UTC)
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Julia, thanks for the info! I know it wasn't an otter -- we have those at Lake Woodruff, but they're fairly small -- so I looked up American mink. That's a real possibility, although the animal was much bigger than the size-range described in Wikipedia.

Hmmm.

I appreciate your knowledge of fauna (and flora)! Cheers and thanks!
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From:beadattitude
Date:February 2nd, 2015 03:53 pm (UTC)
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SAKI!!!!!

"Ducks have no repose." Is one of my favorite Clovis lines EVER.

When Mr. Bead and I were first dating, we were traveling along one of the back roads when a black lab trundled into view. But it moved really funny, and....once we drove nearer, seemed awfully big. It was a bear. A freakin' enormous black bear.
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From:laurawise
Date:February 2nd, 2015 11:50 pm (UTC)
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Yay for Saki, and yay for you!

(Half-yay for seeing a bear?)

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From:mobile_alh
Date:February 3rd, 2015 06:41 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, deliciously creepy.

We're home for two and a half days! then off to bookfair the second...

I saw an envelope last night. it has now vanished into the chaos of unpacking before being opened. Ack!

ETA: FOUND!

Edited at 2015-02-03 06:55 pm (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:February 3rd, 2015 09:32 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah for bookfairs, home, and found envelopes! :)

And hurrah for you too! [hugs]
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From:janus_74
Date:February 3rd, 2015 08:07 pm (UTC)
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Sounds kind of creepy :)
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From:laurawise
Date:February 3rd, 2015 09:31 pm (UTC)
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It was! But perhaps it was just out of place. ;)

Happy Tuesday, T!
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From:stateless82
Date:February 5th, 2015 03:13 am (UTC)
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I envy you the mysteries that brush up against your walks.
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From:laurawise
Date:February 5th, 2015 03:31 pm (UTC)
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I am happy to share them with you. :)

Hugs hugs! Happy Thursday!

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