My husband & I also live in a rural setting, and I am constantly both amazed and amused by the antics of the wildlife with which we share our property. There are groundhogs, chipmunks, deer, squirrels, rabbits and all the normal things one would expect to see in the country in the south-eastern United States...as well as hawks, big barn owls, and the like. I also enjoy setting out my bird feeders and watching the bright red cardinals, and the visually stunning bright yellow goldfinches. I have spent many hours gazing out my kitchen window at the various animals and birds around my place.
This reminded me of a conversation I enjoyed with a friend who lives on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound, near Seattle. One must take a ferry to get to her place, and the snow-capped mountains surround the island. It is a breathtaking visual.
Well, as I was talking with her on the telephone one afternoon, a doe deer and two baby fawns ran into my yard and were leaping and jumping about - so I told my friend about it...and she replied, "Oh, I just ADORE watching the wildlife around my place here too! I can look right out my kitchen sink window and watch the Orcas frolic!" *GASP* "ORCAS?", I exclaimed. And then my friend began speaking in an effected Scottish accent like Scotty in the Star Trek movie about the whales..."Aye, Captain, there be WHALES here!".
I still laugh about this conversation. I don't know why I thought of it other than your post about the albino porcupine brought it to mind. *smile*