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New Neighbors

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New Neighbors

One of the most notable things about living in Colorado is that you are never really removed from nature. Even those of us who live in rather large urban areas, Colorado Springs is about 500,000 in population and Denver is only an hourís drive away, come face to face with nature on a daily basis. For example, last fall the underground parking area where I worked was visited by two rather large brown bear cubs just moseying through. They ended up out back of our building where a stream bed runs and played for nearly an hour on the grass. This ďplayĒ took place in front of the building that was once Fed Exís central data processing facility and would have been fatal to any human foolish enough to try to butt in.

It is not uncommon in my neighborhood to have bears coming through, especially in the late summer, rummaging through garbage cans in the process of fattening up for their winter hibernation. While I have lived here, I have seen fox, rabbits, chipmunks, raccoons, deer, skunks, and bear. Just a year or so ago, a man up the street from me was attacked by a mountain lion. Those of us who live here donít fear vandalism and crime, but we are alert in the early morning when we go out to pick up our newspapers for any non-human activity that might have very unwanted consequences.

To give you an idea of what I am talking about, I have posted two pictures (below). The first is of a blessed event that took place about 1:30 yesterday afternoon in my neighbors back yard. That picture records the first minutes of two new fawns. It may be a bit difficult to discern the details, but the first fawn, just a few minutes old is looking over to greet itís new sister who has just arrived and is looking a bit confused. The first fawn has made several attempts at standing on very wobbly legs but has not yet succeeded. She has found the food supply by crawling around and getting oriented to her mother, but those legs are tough to master.

It was fascinating to see these two fawns enter our world. My neighbor has several young children and, fortunately, they were all there for the event. But all of us, adults and children, just stood there watching, for nearly half and hour. The remarkable thing is that we all watched in silence. There was nothing we could say to add to the situation. Even the birth of a fawn seemed to be something of a miracle. I think we all sensed that.

The other picture was taking this morning in my own backyard and shows a fawn that is about a week or so old, out for a morning forage with her mother. They moved through very quickly and this was the only picture I was able to get.

I hope you all enjoy the pictures. And please, don't feed the bears.

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