Two nights ago the timber wolf that seems to be staying in the vicinity was spotted walking along the curve of our driveway coming toward the house.
Because he looked a little mangy and seemed to be moving very slowly, we wondered if he was healthy.
After the curve and before it gets to our house, the driveway goes through an area with woods on both sides. We lost Mr. (Ms.?) Wolf in that area and didn't see any sign of him again . . . other than a pile of scat in the middle of the road when I drove out the next morning.
Last night hubby was pooped from a hot, busy day outside so when we got into bed, he konked out at a decent hour, but I turned on my book light and read for a while. Therefore, he was up with the chickens this morning, but I slept in a little.
Now my dear husband is in the doghouse because he didn't wake me to come see our timber wolf cavorting in the field before I woke up.
He watched for about 15 minutes while Mr. Wolf had the best time all by himself running in circles, rolling on his back with feet waving in the air, jumping and hopping, basically feeling his oats and acting just like a young puppy.
He seems perfectly healthy, but he is skinny and has a grungy-looking coat. Maybe it's his looong legs that make him look thinner than he is? We're wondering if he's one of this year's pups that got kicked "out of the nest" and told it was time to be on his own. He does seem big for being only that old but perhaps he is just a tall-for-his-age, gangly teenager.
Our neighbor on the next piece of land east of us called shortly after hubby snapped these pictures to say they saw him going up into the woods behind their house. They wanted to make sure we were aware of the situation so Zoey the Wonder Dog didn't slip off and go on one of her adventures into the woods by herself and get a big, bad surprise.