I did not know such a thing as World Animal Day existed, but I shouldn’t be surprised either. There’s a celebratory day for everything these days. Well, animals are pretty cool and I am always happy to see on social media when people share the animals they encounter on their runs and I sometimes share the ones I see (when I can think to snap a picture).
I usually see the same animals here in urban Northern California: birds, squirrels (so many squirrels!), dogs, and cats. Pretty common.
But I also see geese (and ducks) at the park (best sightings are when they have babies)…
rabbits (they’re hard to catch though, because they’re pretty fast and usually hide in the bushes before I can get my phone out)…
deer (I always love when I encounter deer!)…
and … this time of year, wild turkeys roaming on the trails and in the neighborhood (they can be pretty mean and territorial, and they just won’t move out of the way).
Oh, and I even sometimes see coyotes (they’ve always been around near the river, but more recently have been sighted in our neighborhood as well. Outdoor cats and small dogs are definitely at risk where we live. I do try to stay far away from them.)
I have yet to see a rattle snake, although I know they’re around on the river trails. I have just never happened to run into one yet.
Bonus, and more of an unusual sighting, I’d assume: some of you might remember that before we moved (to a different neighborhood), I used to run by the local zoo and visit my giraffe friends on a regular basis. The running route goes right by their enclosure and they always put a smile on my face when they were peeking over the fence. It was the highlight of my runs and I miss running there. I have, on occasion, snuck back to our old neighborhood to visit though.
Do you see the same animals on your runs? Or do you have completely different wild animals where you live?