Tuesday, November 26, 2013

L.A. Sightings: Coyotes and Bunny Rabbits


You know that scene in the movie Collateral, with Tom Cruise, where he's in L.A. in the middle of the night and a coyote walks across the road in front of him? Yeah, that really happens here.

The Mexicans around here have a legend that the coyote hypnotizes you if you look them in the eyes. I don't know if that's true necessarily, but they sure are mesmerizing to look at. They are about half as big as a female deer (hey, I'm from Oregon; I know deer... we have almost as many deer as trees in Oregon!), but they tend to walk around more purposefully than a deer, less scared. Whereas deer will stop in front of your car and look freaked out, a coyote will just glance at you as he's marching across the road, almost as if saying, "Oh it's you again. Don't bother me, I'm hunting rabbits."


Yes, rabbits. No, this isn't just a plot from a Looney Tunes cartoon. I've been helping my dad run a paper route in the nights and we see dozens of rabbits bounding across every lawn like it's their personal playground. You can see their little white tails as they bounce around in the grass like little kittens playing with each other. It's the cutest thing you've ever seen!

I can only assume that since we also see the coyotes at night, the poor little bunny rabbits are a midnight snack for Mr. Coyote. So far I haven't seen that, thankfully, but I'm sure it happens. Run, little bunny rabbit, run!

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