“I Like You, Bunches”

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This show of affection — almost cuddling — lasted one-and-a-half minutes. These coyotes touched noses over and over, they rubbed heads and rubbed their bodies against each other over and over, one clambored over the other, one held the other’s snout within its own — to confirm social rank, no doubt. There was communication with tip-of-the-tongue movements and display of emotion with ears down or back. There was a paw on the back and head rub along that same back. There was intense eye to eye contact. And I couldn’t  even see what their snouts were precisely doing part of the time because they were facing away from me — all I could tell was that their snouts were together in this affectionate greeting.

It began when I came upon one coyote grazing in an open field. Soon the other appeared in the distance. They became aware of each other but didn’t move towards each other at first. Then, they trotted in towards each other, and this sequence of photos is what resulted. Afterwards they continued to graze. A runner came by close enough to cause one of the coyotes to quickly bolt away several hundred feet towards some bushes. They both watched the runner go by, and then the second coyote kept its eyes on the first, as if to make sure it was okay and calm before proceeding with its grazing. These two watch out for each other. They are best friends.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kellye Mixon Bussey
    Mar 01, 2012 @ 20:27:07

    Those are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

  2. Cindie White
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 03:41:24

    So amazing. Thank you for brightening my day. What a beautiful written and visual feast. I wish every person who thinks wild canines are savage beasts could see these photos and read this story. Beautiful….really touched a cord deep in my soul.

    Reply

  3. CHERYLYNN COSTNER
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 17:47:44

    Adorable

    Reply

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