Coyotes are notorious for being cunning and vicious, but the coyote in this post is an exception. He demonstrates that wild animals are just as playful as the pets we live with and adore.
Pamela Underhill Karaz, a photographer who lives in a rural area of upstate New York, spotted this wild coyote in her backyard one morning. The coyote spotted a toy in the snow and played with it.
“He went to the center, looked across, and then decided to climb back up a little.” He left his scent on a downed branch (how I knew it was a male), then went into the trees and emerged at the edge of our yard. He looked around, checked out, and sniffed some tracks in our yard before noticing the toy. He approached it, sniffed the area where our dog had rolled, sniffed the toy, picked it up, dropped it, and sniffed it again.”
Then the adorable moment occurred. “[He] picked it up and proceeded to toss it up in the air and play with it, just like a dog would. It took him about five to ten minutes to pick up the toy, toss it in the air, pick it up again and almost buck around with it… and then he just casually trotted off with it.”
Karaz, fortunately, captured the entire event on her camera and shared the photos on social media. She believes this is not the first time the “Toy Thief” has visited her yard, as the toys have vanished numerous times.
“This was such a wonderful reminder that all animals, wild and domestic (our pets), are not so dissimilar. They have personalities, they have feelings, and they do their best to survive in what can be a hostile world at times. They’re not all that different from us.”