A black-tailed prairie dog peeks up out of its hole as the sun first illuminates its burrow. I saw this little fellow in New Mexico in 2007, the first time I had seen a prairie dog since we saw them at Custer State Park in South Dakota in 1996.
Coyotes are adaptable creatures — tolerating a varied diet of both plant and animal life, living in climates hot and cold and wet and dry, and even living in close quarters with humans. My wife and I came across this coyote a few years ago while hiking in Rinconada Canyon in New Mexico’s Petroglpyh National Monument. It was one of a pair that were working their way up the canyon.
Ooh! No! You shouldn’t do that — no that’s dangerous. Yes, they breed in the sewers, and eventually you get evil-smelling flocks of huge soiled budgies flying out of people’s lavatories infringing their personal freedom.
Mrs. Conclusion to Mrs. Premise
Native to Australia, budgies are commonly kept as pets in many homes around the world. In the States, they are often called parakeets, although the term applies to other species as well. I first became aware of the budgie moniker in a Monty Python sketch in which Mrs. Conclusion warns Mrs. Premise about the dangers of flushing unwanted budgies down the toilet.