Where the Wild Things Are—ABQ’s Native Animals

Posted by on Jul 23, 2009 in Uncategorized

img_2017After a week of scalding-hot temperatures, we finally had a much-needed downpour—and it was a doozy. There were huge lakes of water at intersections all over the city and the irrigation ditches were roaring, fast and furious.

The day after the rains, I found this teensy little turtle in my backyard. I have never, ever—in my entire time living in ABQ—found a peripatetic turtle, anywhere. He was about the size of two half-dollars and moved fast (that fairy-tale stuff about the tortoise and the hare? Not necessarily based in fact). Did he show up because of the rain? If so, why? Where did he come from? How on earth did he get over my patio wall?

One of the interesting things about our city is that we really are surrounded by wildlife. It’s not out of the ordinary to see coyotes, hawks, raccoons and more over the course of a normal day. We even have organizations, such as Wildlife Rescue of New Mexico, to help wild animals when our urban lifestyle invades their territory—which, as the city grows, is more and more important.

Have you had a wildlife encounter in ABQ? (And if you have any turtle facts for me, I’ll take ’em!)