Found Treasure

This coyote began heading off of the path and into the bushes when she eyed something on the path ahead. She must have known what it was because she went straight to it and, without sniffing it, picked it up and carried it, doubling back to where she originally had been headed off the path, then into the bushes she disappeared with her treasure!

It was just a little solid piece of wood — a stick. I’ve picked up little rocks simply because I liked them. Maybe she liked the look of the stick, or maybe it was a stick which she had already previously possessed as a treasure — so she may have simply found “an old lost friend”.

Coyotes enjoy picking up odd shaped or unusual things to play with, either chewing on them, tossing them up in the air to catch them, or playing tug-of-war with a companion. Certain of these items become “owned” for a while until they are either lost or tired of. Here are some other posts about finding special things and treating them in unexpected, or expected, ways:

Entertainment: Abandon and Fun With A Ball!

Mischief or Just A Diversion?

A Coyote Buries A rock, or Leaves a Present For Ailing Squirrel, by Heather

Delight With A Peeled Golf Ball

This fellow was so happy playing with his peeled golf ball. He seemed to do so absolutely lovingly. He pounced on it, tossed it, caressed it with the side of his face, gnawed on it and rolled on it. One reason may be that the peeled golf ball actually responded — the center core of the golf ball consists of rubber bands stretched tightly around a center core! If you can imagine, the bits of rubber band wacked this guy in the face as he played with it — almost as if it were alive — and the coyote responded back!

As the young coyote played with his treasure, a dog and runner went by. They did not even notice the coyote who, just in case, got up and trotted over to where he could not be seen — with his ball of course — and then returned to the exact same place he had been (2nd and 3rd slide from the beginning).

He played with the shell of the ball to begin with, and then the rubber band inner core — these two objects were about 25 feet apart. He stretched before leaving the shell, and then noticed the inner core and ran delightedly toward that object. At another point he stopped his activity entirely to observe walkers in the distance — they did notice him — he did not resume his play until they were totally out of sight (third line down, second slide in) . And in the end, when he was all through playing, he yawned, stretched and then shook himself out before moving on (2nd and 3rd slides from the end).