|Lee and Phod sniffing in our yard|
It was 5 am, and the sun wasn't full up and the sky was as hazy as my brain (I have been up for about 10 minutes). We were walking down our private road, heading out for our morning walk.
I spotted (and so do Lee and Phod) 2 baby groundhogs in the grass about 30 feet ahead.
Lee went crazy, barking, screaming, jumping around. Phod was just intent and focused in his quiet way.
The groundhogs didn't move, they kept eating.
Slowly, with control, we move forward, hoping to scare them into hiding.
Lee became more agitated and loud but I was strong enough to keep control.
Finally, when we were like 8-10 feet away, one of the little ones turned and scampers toward a tree. It started to climb. It fell and started to climb again. The other also scampered towards the tree and climbed it.
When the climbing started I realized we weren't dealing with groundhogs. Groundhogs don't climb trees. What we were dealing with was 2 baby porcupines. We never say the mom.
I truly believe if I hadn't been as strong as I am now, the ending to this story would be at least one dead baby porcupine and at least 1 injured dog. Being strong saved a life!
For those who aren't familiar with these animals, I have attached pictures I found on the internet. You can see how in longish grass in dawn light from afar you could mistake the two.
|A baby groundhog|
|A baby porcupine|