131 Unexpected Wild Animal Encounters That Took People By Surprise (New Pics)

If you live in a bustling and grey metropolis, you can spend entire days without meaningfully interacting with nature. However, if you slow down to appreciate your surroundings, you’re lucky enough to live in the suburbs or the countryside, or you take a trip out of town, you realize just how much biodiversity is around you.
Our animal-loving team at Bored Panda has traveled all over the internet to bring you some of the most wholesome wildlife encounters that took people completely by surprise. Scroll down to see some heart-warming photos, upvote the ones you loved the most, and consider what you can do to help your local wildlife conservation charities.

#1 Mountain Lions Moving Back Into Boulder During Lockdown

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#2 This Little Guy Started Hanging Around My Brother While He Was Working On A Car. I Believe It’s An American Kestrel. Which Means My Brother Made Friends With A Falcon

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#3 I Think Someone Spilled A Bag Of Ducks Near Aisle 6

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The amount of biodiversity around us is incredible. Even if you live in a primarily urban environment, you’ll still encounter lots of different bugs and insects, different types of birds (not just pigeons!), probably rats, as well as stray dogs and cats.

If there are any parks or wooded areas in between your local skyscrapers, the odds are that you might also spot some squirrels, foxes, and raccoons. Of course, the specific animals you encounter are going to depend heavily on what part of the world you’re in!

#4 Not A Creature Was Stirring, All Through The House – Except For This Mouse Living In Our Christmas Tree, Apparently

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#5 Surprise Snoozing Seal Pup

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#6 The Neighborhood Fox And Her Kits Are Living Under My Front Deck Right Now

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If you live further away from the city center and you’re surrounded by more and more untouched nature, the animals you encounter are also going to be more varied. You might encounter entire groups of deer, different species of birds, insects, and amphibians.

If you’re living really remotely, you may even find some larger animals paying you a visit. Imagine drinking your first cup of morning coffee only to see a bear or a wolf walking past your front porch!

#7 Rare “Silver Fox” At My House Today

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#8 Two Baby Bears On My Grandparents’ Deck

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#9 When You Spend Your Whole Life Rolling Your Eyes At Ignorant Foreigners Thinking You Have Kangaroos In Your Front Yard, And You Live In The Suburbs

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However, it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. As people expand their urban environments, they massively affect the local wildlife population. Suddenly, animals are forced to flee their homes or look in other areas for food. Some fail to adapt altogether. Others are forced to change their entire behavior not only to survive but to thrive around people. (E.g., think of how wild raccoons live vs. suburban raccoons stealing food from trash cans.)

#10 Albino Deer I Spotted Walking Into Work Last Week

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#11 A Hummingbird Chilled On My Phone Today

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#12 The Housekeeping Staff Found An Owl In The Room Of A Guest Who Checked Out Yesterday

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Earth.org, reporting on the data collected by the World Wildlife Fund, notes that the most endangered animal in the world is the Amur Leopard. Between 2014 and 2015, barely 92 individuals were left in the world.

Now, this number is even lower, standing at a mere 84. These leopards are at risk mainly due to poachers who value their coats and boats to be sold to Asian medicine practitioners. Natural fires, as well as those caused by people, also destroy their habitats. Meanwhile, the changing climate means that they have less prey to catch.

#13 So This Happened To Me Today

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#14 A Family Of Raccoons In My Yard

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#15 This Random Koala Is On The Side Of My House

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Rhinos are also incredibly vulnerable. Poachers and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners value their horns very much, which means that these animals are constantly under threat of being hunted down. Unfortunately, their horns are very lucrative.

The black rhino, Javan rhino, and Sumatran rhino are three of five rhino species that are among the most endangered species on Earth. For instance, there are barely 60 Javan rhinos left. Meanwhile, the black rhino population stands at 5.5k.

#16 Echidna We Rescued At Work. This Little Guy Got Stuck In The Bottom Of A Shallow Mineshaft. We Could Only See His Little Spikes Sticking Out Of The Dirt

It took us about 30 minutes to get him out because he could burrow faster than we could dig. However, we managed to relocate him to a safer spot.

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#17 Found This Angry Unit In The Wild At Work Today. Wanted To Have A Piece Of Me Every Time I Walked Past The Tree

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#18 Bird Sitting On Its Own Info Board

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Bornean and Sumatran orangutans are also in trouble. There were roughly 230k+ orangutans in the wild a hundred years ago. However, due to deforestation for palm oil, they’ve been losing their habitats. As it stands now, there are 104.7k Bornean orangutans and around 13.8k Sumatran orangutans living.

#19 I Came Into My Kitchen To Find A Lizard Using A Sponge As A Raft In The Sink. I Live In New Mexico

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#20 Urban Fox Doing A Full Sploot In My Sunny Scottish Garden

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#21 This Fox That Lives At The Top Of My Granny’s Hedge

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There are no easy fixes. If you want to protect wildlife on a global scale, you’d have to change how people interact with nature so they can co-exist with animals.

That would probably include fundamentally changing the perspective on trade and economics: instead of limitless growth and profits, everyone would ideally aim for sustainable growth.

#22 Friend’s Mom Nearly Had A Heart Attack When She Looked Out The Back Window This Morning

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#23 Thankfully I Saved This Little Guy From My Lawnmower Today

This is what my lawn looked like, so he was pretty lucky that I saw him.

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#24 Baby Skunk, Which My Son Found In The Driveway, Fell Asleep In My Hand Yesterday As I Returned It To Its Burrow

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Meanwhile, we would all ideally change how we look at a life worth living, pursuing deep relationships instead of materialistic wants. That means consuming less, buying fewer products, changing our eating habits, and recycling more.

As a result, we’d need to destroy fewer natural habitats for farms, factories, mines, and homes. The more people vote with their wallets, the more big corporations will have to adapt and embrace a greener mindset.

#25 This Lizard Lives In My Birdhouse

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#26 We Fed Our Backyard Squirrel Once… Meet Frankie At Our Backyard Door Waiting For More Nuts

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#27 A Polar Fox Escaped From A Small Zoo In Germany But Got Tired On The Way. A Zookeeper Took Him Back. I Hope That Didn’t Disturb His Slumber

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At the end of the day, we’ll still see quick economic expansion so long as it’s profitable. If you’re angry about pollution, destroyed habitats, and climate change, then you can and should look at the problem as a political one.

Vote for political representatives who represent your values. Boycott companies and brands that go against what you believe in. Write to your current political representatives asking them to take a tougher stance regarding conservation.

#28 Saw A Blonde Squirrel At The Park Yesterday

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#29 Christmas Eve Visitor

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#30 The Wife Opened The Back Door And Immediately Gasped, Then Shut It. A Little Guy Had Been Stashed There By His Mommy For About 10 Hours Before She Came Back And Got Him

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Meanwhile, you can support wildlife organizations financially or by volunteering your time. However, on a more personal scale, you could help your local wildlife by wilding your garden if you have one or by being courteous and non-intrusive when you spend time in nature.

What’s the best or most unexpected wildlife encounter you’ve ever had, dear Pandas? How often do you see animals in your day-to-day lives? What do you do to support conservation efforts? Tell us all about it in the comments!

#31 Our Friendly Magpie Visits Us Every Morning! This Morning, She Showed Up With A Mouthful Of Bugs. She Walks Right Up, Sits With Me, And Steals Little Bits Of Our Dog’s Food

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#32 Mom Had A Stranger On Her Deck This Morning

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#33 The Stray Cat I’m Feeding Has Made Friends With A Hedgehog

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#34 A Pine Marten I Saw While Walking Through The Woods

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#35 So, Some Bees Decided To Build A Hive Between The Window And The Shutters

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#36 A Sleepy Barn Owl Found Camouflage On My Back Porch

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#37 I Was Dashing & Driving With My Windows Down When I Felt Something Hit My Head. I Pulled Over To See What Happened & Noticed A Bird Flew Into The Car As I Was Driving

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#38 My Friend’s Dad Found A Crab Holding A Donatello PEZ Dispenser

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#39 I Found A Baby Rabbit While Mowing The Lawn

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#40 Is This Armadillo Old Enough To Be On Its Own?

I know they're not ideal to touch, but this little guy was death-rolling through my yard, and I didn't want my pitbull to get him.

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#41 A Wild Turkey Just Flew Through My Dad’s Office Window

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#42 Found A Stray Cat In My Garage This Morning

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#43 Found Two Of These Stinkerbelle Babies On A Busy Roadway While I Was Riding My Bike. Mom Was Probably Injured By A Car. I Moved Them To The Forest And Contacted Fish And Game Authorities

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#44 Found A Friend. Millard Canyon Falls Trail, Angeles National Forest, California

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#45 I Was Sitting At A Red Light When A Peregrine Falcon Landed On The Hood Of My Car

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#46 Woke Up To A Swan Peering Through My Front Door

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#47 We Had An Unexpected Guest Today

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#48 Found This Little Guy Running Across The Train Tracks. I Was Able To Get Him Into The Box So He Didn’t Overheat In The Sun And Get Hit By A Train

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#49 40 Miles Offshore, A Wild Owl Appeared

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#50 A Random Pigeon Sat On My Head

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#51 The Baby Buns In My Garden

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#52 Found A Baby Hawk At Work Today

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#53 My Grandfather Had A Red-Headed Woodpecker Land On His Leg

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#54 It’s Not Every Day You Come Home To A Fox Sleeping Under Your Bath

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#55 This Morning, I Found A Bat Sleeping Inside The Screen Of My Window

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#56 My Dad Had Some Hungry Visitors This Morning

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#57 Today I Met A Wild Goat Who Thought I Was Its Mom. My Girlfriend Took This Picture Of Us

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#58 Bees Swarmed My Plant

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#59 I Went Into My Office The Other Day And Found A Lizard Basking On The Warm Ethernet Switch. The Next Day, I Found A Different Lizard In The Same Spot

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#60 Yesterday At The Beach, A Wild Young Seal Came To Rest Beside Me

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#61 This Bird Landed On My Shirt Today And Fell Asleep

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#62 A Hummingbird Made Her Nest On My Patio. Her Eggs Hatched Today On Mother’s Day

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#63 Sweet Little Puff Ball My Husband Spotted On His Hike

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#64 This Groundhog Taunting My Dad By Sitting On His Trap

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#65 Little Frog Delivery

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#66 Saw This Blue Crawfish While Hiking Yesterday

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#67 A Young Chameleon Was Found In My Yard

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#68 A Bird Made A Nest And Had Babies In Our Holiday Wreath

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#69 I Saw A Roadrunner At Work Today

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#70 Saw This On My Way Home From Work. Pulled Over Because I Thought They Were Cats

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#71 Mine’s Probably Not As Cute, But Dog With The Frog

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#72 These Parrots. Spotted In The Wild Near Phoenix

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#73 Frog-Operated Vending Machine

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#74 This Soccer Ball With All Of These Tiny Guys

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#75 Capybaras Invaded My Garden

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#76 This Deer Patiently Waited For Me To Leave Out Spent Grain From The Brew House I Work At

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#77 A Peacock Flew Past Me This Morning On My Way To Work

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#78 Was Walking On The Beach For Some Exercise And This Tough Guy Beach Bully Decided That I Was Trespassing On His Territory

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#79 There’s A Wild Turkey In The Restroom

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#80 I Met This Lovely Family During My Lunch Break Today

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#81 Found This Mom With Her Babies In A Hollow Tree Stump

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#82 Friendly Squirrel

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#83 This Opossum, Who’s Just Been Lying On This Fence All Morning

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#84 This Guy Leapt Through A Window (Shattering It), And Entered My House

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#85 Yes Kangaroos Do Roam The Suburbs In Australia. This Guy Was In My Front Yard This Afternoon

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#86 Lost Pigeon In The Middle Of The Pacific Ocean

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#87 Vending Machine In Southwest Louisiana

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#88 I Was Taking A Photo Of A Deer On A Trip, And Another Deer Came Out And Smooched It

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#89 Came Across This White Deer On My Travels

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#90 A Hummingbird Built Its Nest On My Hanging Hummingbird Figurine

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#91 Bee Sleeping On A Honeycomb Doormat

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#92 I Just Moved Into This House And There Is A Great Egret Who Just Came Into The House

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#93 This Little Bird Hopped On My Finger

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#94 Some Coyote Pups At Work This Morning

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#95 Picture My Dad Sent Me This Morning

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#96 Some Wild Baby Birds Randomly Landed On My Friend’s Hand

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#97 Squirrels On My Campus Learned To Steal Food From Vending Machines

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#98 No, I Don’t Own A Zoo, But It Feels Like It. Pictures Taken 2 Days Apart

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#99 I Saw An Albino Squirrel In Washington, DC

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#100 Met These Dudes On Today’s Hike

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#101 A Ring-Tailed Possum Has Moved In And Refuses To Leave Through The Open Windows Or Back Door. I Called The Specialists, And They Said He’d Probably Move Out Soon Enough

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#102 I Caught A Very Angry Baby Opossum Living Under My Stove

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#103 Someone Decided Our Deck Was A Good Spot To Snooze The Day Away

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#104 This Albino Porcupine I Saw In A Tree

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#105 My Cat Came Home With A Crayfish Claw Clamped To Her Paw

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#106 This Fat Squirrel Is Eating My Pumpkins

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#107 An Armadillo That’s Not Afraid Of People

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#108 I Found A Deer In A Makeshift Hut In The Woods

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#109 This Little Guy Took A Nap In My Hand For About 15 Minutes And Then Flew Away

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#110 Saw A Wild Donkey While Hiking

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#111 My Girlfriend Caught A Vending Machine Thief Red-Handed

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#112 I Found A Young Hedgehog Out In The Field During The Day. He’s Off To The Vet, But I Love Him

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#113 This Possum And Her Baby Fell Down In Our Friend’s Chimney

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#114 Caught And Rehoming This Cutie

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#115 Last Year, I Had A Feral Kitty Under My Mower And Built A House. I Have A New Tenant This Year

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#116 Found A Lizard In My Garden And Picked It Up. I’ve Never Seen A Wild Lizard In The UK Before

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#117 Security At Tesco Has Gotten A Bit Wild

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#118 We Were Told That There Were Peregrine Falcons Nesting Somewhere At My Workplace. Today, We Had This Little Visit

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#119 This Bird Just Flew Onto My Finger And Then Flew Away Again

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#120 I Found A Lizard Stuck In A Pickleball

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#121 I Found A Bat On The Ground Next To A Bike Path

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#122 A Bird Flew Into My Bedroom And Sat On My Closet Door

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#123 Met This Cute Guy On My Hike Today

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#124 A Bird Is Raising Its Babies In A Cigarette Bucket At My Workplace

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#125 My Work Opossum After I Gave Them Some Cookie

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#126 This Morning, This Colorful Chick Came To My Balcony

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#127 Met This Little One Today

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#128 The Butterfly Hat I Bought Today Attracted An Actual Butterfly

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#129 This Slug Crawled Up My Leg Without Me Noticing

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#130 I Found A Tiny Starfish On A Thawed Scallop

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#131 I Saw A Wild Flamingo Today In Florida

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