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I live in a block of flats, yet there’s a great variety of wildlife to be seen around. Now I don’t mean the local inhabitants, who certainly provide for curious scenes of nature life, but actual animals.

Besides the rats, aka the night-shift garbage guys, there is fowl, hares and cats. I have a sound knowledge of nightlife and wildlife because I stay up late and frequent the terrace day and night for smoking breaks.

I see ravens and ducks on the regular, but yesterday I encountered a hare, which was running through the hospital complex next to my building like a hare. Today I noticed a black-and-white cat hanging around the mortuary.

Since it’s snow, I only saw the black parts of the cat. I considered catching and adopting the creature, but instead, when I returned indoors, I told my resident cat that she was lucky not to have her tail freezing out in the cold.

The cat said nothing, but later she dragged my glasses down from the table and bounced them to the opposite end of the room. I threatened to deduce the damage from her food. (Vain threat, plus no damage was caused.)

Also, tomorrow I’m fully expecting to see wolves around. Why not. We have everything here.

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Posted by Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

8 Comments

  1. Fascinating, that there’s that much wildlife in a residential area like that! Would be heaven for a bunch of raccoons. Don’t know if they have spread to your country — some fool imported a few to Germany, and they have a big problem there. They don’t have any natural enemies, since they don’t belong there. They’re really cute, though … the little bandits. Saw a picture of one, picking up donuts in a coffee shop in New York City, yesterday 🙂

    McDuff just doesn’t realize how lucky he is … and not your cat either. They could have to be out in the snow, fending for themselves.

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    1. Raccoon invasion? Oh dear… No, raccoons are definitely not a species natural to these parts, but I don’t think we have any raccoons immigrating from Germany so far.

      I live at the edge of the town, and there’s a river nearby, hence the waterfowl. There are some fields too, but no woods in a reasonable distance, so I’m not sure what the hares are up to here.

      Some people are against the idea of having pets, as it restricts their freedom, but I think a domestic cat is not quite designed to be otherwise than domestic. My cat wouldn’t survive a week outdoors, especially since she turned vegetarian. Yep. My cat refuses meat.

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  2. It never ceases to amaze me that we have so many wild animals in a large urban area. Toronto has a population in excess of 2.6 million and I don’t live on the fringes … yet we regularly have skunks, groundhogs, and rabbits. I’ve even seen a deer, a coyote, and a fox. That’s definitely an eye-opener when you’re out for a walk!

    Yes, we also have a HUGE raccoon and squirrel population … not to mention the feral cats. Theo is constantly doing battle with the wild cats in the neighbourhood “protecting his territory”. He is such a dumb-ass. I try to tell him that his formidable size does not guarantee success against a wild cat. He doesn’t listen to my wisdom. My vet bills are testament to that :/

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    1. Nature is ubiquitous in Canada, I understand, and it’s as much amazing as slightly scary. Theo would surely agree! It’s cool that he’s a fighter though. My cat would run away in fear from a mouse, I suspect.

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      1. hahaha! You say that … but she might surprise you if a mouse suddenly appeared 🙂

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        1. I’ve seen my cat chasing a mouse, catching up with it and letting it go because she didn’t know what to do with the creature, so…

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  3. Just think how much fun it will be

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    1. Having wolves would certainly be fun. More original than having dog packs. Except I’m not sure if the fun would be had by me or by the wolves.

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