Because of the protected wildlife zone, animals roam about at their leisure. Sometimes I feel like we live in a zoo. Two weeks ago while I was doing some intense cardio workout, courtesy of Exercise TV, in the living room, I caught a movement in the pond out of the corner of my eye. We are now the proud Floridian parents of...an adolescent alligator. Two years ago, I would have gasped and thought that was insane. Well, I did gasp and think that was insane mid-workout. But, they're so common here in Florida, I was surprised we hadn't seen one sooner than now.
|(Sorry for the terrible quality photo - it was dusk and this was through my glass door at a distance.)|
And then there are these regulars...
here if you want to know what they sound like. So loud! But we love them. Eric tries to mimic their call and they respond to him. Insane. Sandhill Cranes are actually endangered here, and I'm pretty sure you can get in more trouble for harming one than for murdering someone. Minimum fine of $10,000...they stop traffic everywhere they go. I had to smile for a photo before I left (pre coffee, don't judge)...the male is super brave and will eat out of our hands. Eric said after I left they squawked so much he had to close the curtains! If only shutting me up were that easy...;) I kid. I just hope they watch out for Albert!
Then there's this guy...
So welcome to the Ferri zoo! Bring the kids over to observe...although none of our creatures are suitable for petting.
I love that even though we crashed their home with our houses, they're still protected and like us enough to stick around :)