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April 20, 2006

Angels of Annexia


An Australian dinner party guest once explained to me the problem with Canada: "You don't have any interesting wildlife." Moose!, someone suggested. Admittedly, not much to hold up against a kangaroo or a koala. Though I have come to the opinion the animals we take for granted are more peculiar than we give them credit.

For example, Canadians living overseas discover that any large organization will feature another Canadian and he or she will have a beaver-chewed tree-stump in their office. As the new Canadian on the payroll you will be called upon to verify the stories that go with it. My credibility in my former life as a research consultant in the UK suffered as I explained that yes, beavers do indeed cut down trees with their teeth and, no, the tree stump was not a wind up. They need the wood to build dams and lodges, I explained. "That can't possibly be true... all of Canada would be under water!" Funny you should mention that.

With the coming of spring residents of Annexia are treated to our local fauna. Skunks are a hazard. And then there are the raccoons. They are resourceful creatures.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 20, 2006 09:29 AM

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It should be legal to hunt the blasted things.

Garbage & recycling pickup around here alternate every week, so it's necessary to have secure, locked storage for garbage and organics. And the really smelly stuff can't go out until the morning of pickup, otherwise the fuzzy loafers will spread it all over your lawn five minutes after you take it to the curb.

Damn raccoons make places with lesser pests (like Australia and its enormous poisonous spiders) look attractive.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 20, 2006 12:09 PM