I’ve discovered another reason to keep cycling on rainy days:
That’s the second one this month! The first was a scruffy little fella who suddenly appeared from a patch of mist in the cemetery when I was out for a run; he looked terrified, and ran away immediately. Today’s sighting was a magnificent specimen: fully grown, with a gorgeous coat and big bushy tail, a brave and handsome boy who stood and watched me for a while before deciding I wasn’t a threat and getting on with his day.
I used to see foxes almost every week on my bike commute in Glasgow – usually in the woods, but sometimes in the vet school campus where I worked – and it always made my day. Coyotes still seem terribly exotic to me, and the sightings are rarer, so that thrill goes double.
I wasn’t scared at all – hey, if he’d started chasing me he’d no doubt have slammed into a cliff or fallen into a canyon within a few seconds* – but it was a great reminder of why the cats need to stay inside at night!
ETA: right on cue, the BBC have an article today on the role of cemeteries in preserving urban biodiversity!
*hi, Facebook and Twitter friends! Yes, I recycle my jokes for the good of the environment.