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A Little Monkey Business!

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 by Lisa Ricard Claro   20 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

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A few years ago, I came home telling the tale of a “humongous bird” that had given me the evil eye in our subdivision. The hubster thought I was nuts, and told me so. For weeks, I was teased about “the bird,” until finally, finally, the big nasty thing put in another appearance while I was with my daughter. It turned out to be a turkey vulture. I actually blogged about it HERE. Imagine the flack I would’ve caught if I had told my husband I’d seen a monkey sitting on our mailbox eating our mail! That’s just what happened to some folks in Sanford, Florida, when a pet monkey staged an escape and went on a walkabout.

Other than the turkey vulture, there was the time we went out to the porch and discovered a chicken standing on one of the rocking chairs. No idea where she came from, but there did appear to be something fowl going on (yes…yes, I did just say that). She squawked a bit, and eventually she walked up the driveway and crossed the street in a clear effort to, er…get to the other side. I can’t make this stuff up, folks.

What crazy critters have shown up at your place?

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20 Responses to "A Little Monkey Business!"

  1. Comment by Pat
    October 2, 2015 at 7:58 am  

    Nothing as interesting as a monkey! Probably the coolest thing was a huge Great Horned Owl. Their wingspread is amazing.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 2, 2015 at 2:51 pm  

      That’s pretty cool, Pat. We used to have an owl in one of our tall pines beside the deck—could hear him, but never saw him.

  2. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    October 2, 2015 at 8:36 am  

    A pet falcon whose owner released her to hunt in our back yard. When I saw this freak with leather on his outstretched arm, walking through our yard, he said he was trying to coax his bird. I thought he was a bird brain, and then I saw his falcon.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 2, 2015 at 2:53 pm  

      You were within your rights to question him, especially if he was in your yard. The only time I’ve ever seen a falconer at work was at Medieval Times—kinda cool.

  3. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    October 2, 2015 at 9:18 am  

    We drove by a yard once–years ago–and I saw a lion in it. Of course, I was the only one looking out the window. And of course, the whole gang insisted it was a dog. But fer cryin’ out loud, I know the difference between a DOG and a LION. Which about once a year, I feel the need to reiterate because whenever I say, “Did you see that?” one of the Halls will invariably ask if it was a lion.

    IT WAS A LION. That is all.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 2, 2015 at 2:56 pm  

      I had a similar incident with a cow in downtown La Jolla many moons ago. And that’s all I’m saying. lol

  4. Comment by Rob
    October 2, 2015 at 10:13 am  

    I too saw a lion. It was chained to a tree in my neighbor’s yard. He tested tranquilizers on animals and the lion had gotten loose. I was coming home from working the second shift and was unlocking the gate to pull in when I got this strange feeling that I was being watched. And I was. By the lion. Very spooky at 1:00 a.m.

  5. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 2, 2015 at 2:58 pm  

    That would creep me out, too.

  6. Comment by Claudia
    October 2, 2015 at 5:19 pm  

    We have some red foxes that are living in the neighborhood. I have not seen them but many others have.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 3, 2015 at 10:08 am  

      We also have foxes, Claudia, but in the 16 years we’ve lived here I’ve only seen them once.

  7. Comment by Lynn Obermoeller
    October 2, 2015 at 6:11 pm  

    Only the usual critters that we have all the time… groundhog, deer, chipmunks, racoons, fox, owls, etc.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 3, 2015 at 10:09 am  

      Ẃe see much of the same, but not in the abundance you do.

  8. Comment by Kathy Matthews
    October 2, 2015 at 8:39 pm  

    Well, this summer, my cousin and I were sitting outside at her parent’s house and something fluttered down and landed about a foot away from her. We thought it was going to be a big leaf, but it was a bat!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 3, 2015 at 10:10 am  

      We saw a ton of bats early in the summer…not a usual occurrence here.

  9. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    October 3, 2015 at 12:17 am  

    I have another raccoon story (I promised you more back in June). 🙂 OK actually 2 of them.

    Before we bought our third home we had an inspection done. The inspector came and told me that there was a problem in the fireplace in the bedroom. He said something was living in the chimney and he wasn’t able to open the flue to check it. The homeowners didn’t believe him but they started pounding on the glass doors and the wall above the fireplace. A little while later we were in the lower level of the house (it was a walkout/ravine ranch) and we watched a mamma raccoon carry three babies (one at a time) down the supports of the deck on the upper level and carry them into the woods. We had the chimneys capped before we moved in. 🙂

    Same house about 18 years later… We had soffits/roof overhang of about 6 feet all around the house. On the side by our bedroom the soffit came down and we didn’t notice it for a while. We eventually found someone to repair it for a reasonable price. The night that the work was finished we heard terrible noises coming from what sounded like in the wall. It really sounded like the wall was being torn up from the inside out. This was in our bedroom so needless to say we were terrified and couldn’t sleep that night. At first we had no idea what happened but finally figured out that an animal must have been trapped inside when the soffit was closed up.

    Our beautiful new soffit had to have a large hole cut in it so the animal could escape. The contractor nailed a long board so the animal (assumed to be a raccoon) could climb down. We dusted the board with flour so we could tell when the animal was gone then we removed the board and the contractor came back and closed up the hole. The contractor was great and didn’t even charge us for the extra work.

    Home ownership can really be fun at times. LOL

  10. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 3, 2015 at 10:15 am  

    Oh, my gosh! lol The only things we’ve had are birds and squirrels. When I was a kid we rented a house on the Concord River, and it turned out the place was infested with carpenter ants. Gak! Still creeps me out to think about it.

  11. Comment by Sioux
    October 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm  

    Nothing too interesting here. We once had an evil oppossum walk along the top of our chainlink fence. It scared the dog and it scared me. As the Bare Naked Ladies sang, “Wouldn’t you like to have a monkey?” (Everybody wants to have a monkey!)

    I’m going to try to respond to your previous post, since I’ve tried several times before and blogger is being quite uncooperative.

    Your hair. You dark-haired women CAN rock the gray/silver/white. Me? The gray looks like the fur on the a** of a rat.

    Puppies… they are the best of times and they are the worst of times. But the best parts eclipse the worst. And without puppies, you have no reason to enter a wrestling match… and the prize is a dead squirrel.

    I forgot what else you spoke of in that post… and I’m scared to look. Blogger might object.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 4, 2015 at 7:44 pm  

      You know, I have trouble getting on your blog sometimes, too. I think Blogger and WordPress don’t like to play nice. I appreciate your multiple attempts. You cracked me up with the rat comment, and I hope you’re right about the whole dark hair thing. I’ve announced my intent to the world, so that means I can’t back out now, right? lol

  12. Comment by Sioux
    October 4, 2015 at 4:35 pm  

    Castle. I haven’t seen any episodes from this season yet. Perhaps I shouldn’t bother?

    And Ruby–I’m sure she’s innocent of anything she is accused of. Those half-cocked ears of hers are proof of her angelic nature. I’ll bet it’s a cat that’s framing her…

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 4, 2015 at 7:43 pm  

      Well, I wouldn’t say you shouldn’t watch Castle, Sioux. I’d just say they’ve jumped the shark a bit.

      Ruby…angel isn’t the right moniker, but she’s sure cute. She’s a snuggler, and very sweet. But man, can she find trouble!

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