It has been a long, long Birthday month here at King Gary's castle. Most years Gary invokes Birthday Month playfully. This year Birthday Month has become an entitlement, evidently, given the way he cuts me off with a gesture and "Birthday MONTH!" Outraged tone and all. The inalienable right to Life, Liberty, and A Birthday Month.
His big birthday gift was the upgraded Wildlife Camera. Our old camera pooped out after five years of service, just in time for the new model that takes nighttime video.
We've always enjoyed the night photos of the racoons, deer, opossums, and skunks, but the video reveals the full story, which is that ... these animals are not friends. Sure, they look like buds when you see a photo of them sharing some peanuts, but the video reveals the body language. The peanut buddies are on the verge of throwing down.
So, there's been a few days of seeing skunks with bloody head wounds, and raccoons antagonizing each other (Presenting your butt to anothor raccoon seems to start lots of fights, so, just note that in your raccoon preparedness manual,) That's why it was nice to spot this exchange of nuzzles.