Date: 8/11/17 6:00 pm From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] The star of Boston Hollow's Petting Zoo.
As I was walking up and down a back road in Boston Hollow today, trying to follow a little flock of birds, I kept hearing a quiet rustling in the bushes. I figured it wasn't big enough to be a bear so I didn't investigate. it went on for quite a while, and after a half hour or so I heard it right beside me, so I looked. And here is what I found, right at the edge of the road:
When I first saw it my reaction was, "who the heck are you?" But when I got a look at the face, I knew. The tiny little animal is less than a foot long and it can barely walk, although it can climb, a little. It has some sort of a mass on the top of it's tail, and I don't know whether it's part of the animal or some debris; perhaps lichen and such. It was at the bottom of a steep embankment, probably 7 feet high or more, and I think the noise I heard was the little guy slowly negotiating his way down. Why, or for that matter, where he came from, I have no idea. I do know he seems very young and helpless to be away from his mother. When he saw me looking down at him he turned and started making his way back up the bank, moving painfully slowly. But he did make the top. It's so steep I had to go around and come from the back to keep up with him. He just tried to hide at first but there wasn't much cover, so he headed for the nearest maple tree. And amazingly, started climbing. He actually got about 10 feet up, then started backing down. At that point I left, feeling guilty that I might be keeping him from his mother. Unfortunately, I never saw any sign of her though, and if she's not around I fear for him. If anyone's still wondering, it's a porcupine.