I kind of feel a column coming out of this, but let me just say that as much as I love wildlife, wildlife doesn't really like me. I've got a long history of bad run-ins with critters, from dead bunnies to chickens to otters etc.
So it puzzles me greatly that I should work extra hard to get critters in my yard. It seems this year I am outdoing myself with the backyard wildlife landscaping, attempting to attract all sorts of fauna that essentially I don't like.
It's taken me a long time to come to terms with this, but I'm finally ready to admit it.
I only like to LOOK at animals. Touching is not something I'm good at, and if I never have to hold another snake or frog, I'll be all the more happier.
But still, my most recent backyard addition is a series of small toad houses that the kids and I made. Very fun for them, cute outcome, and as if there aren't enough toads in the yard, here I am putting up free housing and water.
I suppose I can consider it paying back the toad Gods of the animal kingdom, because I know I have caused my fair share of toad deaths.
Not that I'm keeping a count, but I know that there's already one dead one in the door jamb in the garage. And once they get super crazy this summer, we'll loses at least a couple to the final leap down the basment steps. (These are known as Kamikaze toads.) And finally, knowing that the lawn practically moves at certain times in the summer because I see it up close when I'm mowing, a few [hundred thousand?] must go to that big dirt hole in the sky once those blades start spinning.
And apparently the circle of life for toads also includes a stop over at the McAllister condos. For free.
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