Passing the kitchen window yesterday afternoon, I caught a glimpse of two llamas standing at attention peering over the fence line. They looked particularly alert, so I started scanning the field for a bear, not unusual for this time of year. I didn’t see a thing, but I thought Pete, the black llama, and the smallest in our herd, looked really cute standing all tall and proud, so I grabbed the camera for some happy snaps.
I never saw what they were looking at until I downloaded the photos. To my surprise, there was a small animal in the adjacent field. Unfortunately, I’m looking down from about 200 yards, and my lens isn’t strong enough to get a good resolution on the critter.
My first thought was that it was a grey fox. We do have foxes around, and we have seen them crossing the fields near the llamas before. But the shape of the animal is wrong for a fox. A fox would have a straight topline from head to tail, and this animal has a humpy rear.
And a bushy tail—wrong for a ground hog or a possum. So my best guess is a raccoon. But it seems odd that a raccoon would be crossing an open field in the middle of the afternoon. I thought they were more nocturnal.
Any guesses out there?