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Welcome to my wild kingdom

Written By: Terry Foster | July 13, 2011

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This guy toured my backyard without permission

He sat in our back yard resting. It was a long haul for our visitor and he wanted to chill in the backyard before going about the rest of his day.

He was a turtle. He wasn’t a small turtle. He was pretty good size — about 15  inches across. The guy looked like he could be on display at the zoo. He was dark in color with tiny little eyes. There was a mud patch on his back as if he’d crawled through a swamp. I have no idea where he was going but wild life has played a huge role in our summer.

There is more wild life this summer than I can remember in our West Bloomfield neighborhood. We’ve seen three turtles this summer, hundreds of tiny frogs, a new family of deer along with the usual assortment of moles, raccoons and field mice. And there were the fox.

There were two of them chilln on someone’s lawn. I immediately called the neighbors to make sure their tiny dog chipper was inside. Our place is turning into wild kingdom. The maddening part is the frogs. They are all over the place. I don’t know if it is because of the rain we got in the spring or they think we are in the middle of a swamp.

I’ve never seen so many frogs in all my life. They are very small creatures that creep the kids out. They don’t want to harm any of them but you are likely to step on one whenever you go outside. The crop has
thinned out a bit but I am still supposed to watch every step after accidentally killing one two weeks ago with a basketball.

I was called a murderer and the kids thought I was going to be arrested because my son thought he heard that frogs are an endangered species. They certainly are not in our backyard.

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