Who Needs Bigfoot? We Have Mystery Beasts11 September 2021
I know what they are, but where did they come from?
First, an orange cat. He looks a lot like Charlie, a neighbor’s cat who frequently visited people staying in the guest cabin in the early teens. Then he vanished, as semi-feral cats often do. But now there is another orange cat, presumably the source of cat tracks seen on snowy mornings.
Then this yellow dog has turned up a few times this spring on a scout camera near the house. We don’t recognize him — and M. is the sort of person who walks a lot and knows the local dogs better than she knows their owners. But I can’t believe he is living on his own.
Another camera, which was set to video, picked up some visiting black dogs — and then this, which definitely is not a dog.
That was on March 31st, between snowstorms. Obviously a pig. M reminded me that certain neighbors, who keep making inept experiments at homesteading, had two piglets last summer — once or twice they came visiting and then trotted home.
One piglet was black, she said. I don’t remember. But this one does not look like it’s trotting home. In fact, it is moving in the opposite direction in a determined manner.
I have not picked it up again on a camera since then. Is it running free? Maybe there will be a good acorn crop this year, but not for six months, so root, hog, or die.
Just something else to watch out for. Like stray tortoises.