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A Day with Wild Animals

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on July 18, 2020 12:10

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Enjoying a day in the meadow with wild animals.

 I enjoy going to a meadow where there is water, finding a place to sit down and starting to read a book.

While reading, I keep an eye on what’s coming into the meadow to drink the water; I would usually do this during July, when it’s hot. One time while I was in a meadow above Strawberry, California, off of Highway 108, reading Mark Twain’s Roughing It, I heard a noise coming into the meadow, which to my surprise was a female bear and her two cubs. Lucky I was sitting against a big tree, because the bear and its two cubs never saw me. At least, I think that they never saw me. If they did, they were too excited playing around and drinking the water. 

The cubs stayed near the water and played around by hitting one another, and then running off and hiding near a tree. The other cub would look for the cub that hit him and chase it to the water.

Meanwhile, the mother found a place, laid down and went to sleep. I went back to reading my book. About 30 minutes later, so it seemed, the mother woke up, gathered her cubs and walked out of the meadow. I went back reading my book. 

While I was reading the book — about 30 minutes later — I got up, went to the water, got a drink, went back to where I was sitting, and started to read again, but within ten minutes I fell asleep. 

When a twig snapped, it woke me up. I looked toward the water, where there stood a beautiful stag, a doe, and two fawns. The stag seemed to be looking at me, so I kept perfectly still. After a few minutes the stag walked over to a group of trees and laid down. The doe was watching the two fawns playing around near the water. After a few minutes, she went to where the stag was sleeping and laid down near him, but kept an eye on the two fawns. 

After what seemed like an hour later, the four of them got together, went to the water, got a drink, and left the meadow. 

I had taken out my lunch and started to eat, when I noticed two little squirrels watching me eat. They just stared at me. I tore off a piece of the tuna fish sandwich and threw it to them. They ran off, but within 10 minutes they were back fighting over the tuna. 

I heard a noise above me in the trees; a hawk was sitting on a limb of a tree, looking towards the two squirrels, which disappeared. 

I picked up my book and walked back to my car and went home. 

I enjoyed a day in the meadow with the wild animals — it was a pleasurable day. 

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on July 18, 2020 12:10

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Source: Mental Floss

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