The Howl That Didn’t Happen


The sirens sounded and the coyote listened. He became alert, and he listened some more with perked up ears as he looked around. Eventually he stood up and stretched his neck and head up and opened his jaws. He repeated this, but the howl never came. After lowering his head for a moment — possibly he was relaxing for a second — he did it again: he stretched his neck up, pointing his snout to the skies and opened his jaws . . . and he did this several times again, but I guess he just wasn’t into it today. So he circled around and lay down again, as though the siren had never sounded.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alice Chan
    Aug 19, 2018 @ 18:43:51

    This coyote didn’t howl, but my cockatiel has been chirping along with the Robin calls in this soundtrack, lol!


  2. Cindie White
    Aug 20, 2018 @ 03:44:56

    So sweet. The birds too.


  3. jeni simler
    Aug 20, 2018 @ 20:43:26

    Perhaps something is wrong with his vocal cords. He should have been able to call out.\


    • yipps:janetkessler
      Aug 20, 2018 @ 21:00:16

      Hi Jeni — Thanks for your concern. In fact, I’ve seen this happen many times, so it’s actually normal coyote behavior: this fellow just wasn’t “into it”. He howled later on, so there’s nothing “wrong” with his vocal chords. So it’s simply an interesting behavior of theirs, and for us to appreciate if we want to. Janet

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