Affectionate Grooming and a Paw-Lick “Thank You!”

Grooming is a major social activity for coyotes. It is part and parcel of companionships, friendships and pair-bonding, as well as family-ties. Grooming also has health benefits: for example, it reduces ticks which often act as vectors for spreading disease and infection. It also, apparently, is a calming factor in many animals.

Here, only one of the pair engages in the grooming. Judging by this pair’s everyday behavior, the grooming is almost certainly an extension of her affection and caring for him. And, as though that weren’t profound enough on its own, notice how the groomed one actually ‘thanks’ the groomer with an affectionate lick to her paw: “I like you a whole lot, too!”

Wow!

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindie White
    Dec 12, 2018 @ 06:37:46

    So sweet! Thank you!

    Reply

  2. Alice Chan
    Dec 12, 2018 @ 16:58:18

    Really heart-warming.
    I am always alarmed by the sounds of the heavy traffic in the background in your videos. But it does seem as though these guys know about looking both ways before venturing out onto the roads. Thank goodness.

    Reply

    • yipps:janetkessler
      Dec 12, 2018 @ 20:19:41

      Hi Alice, Thank you for your comment. As coyotes get older, they learn to deal with traffic: some of them even look both ways before crossing the street. However, YOUNGSTERS have not had time to become wise, and they are the ones who get hit by cars. Cars are the biggest killer of coyotes in cities. In the last three years alone, ACC picked up over 35 coyotes along roadsides within the city of San Francisco. :((

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