I Saw an Unusual Animal - What Unusual Animal Have You Seen?
When I was 33, I moved from South Jersey to Virginia. A year later, I married. We moved to Nelson County, Virginia, and in the 1990s, we moved to the eastern side of the county. Like other families, we had laundry to wash. Some of it was large enough and of quantity enough to take it to the local laundromat.
I mostly went along to carry the laundry in hampers in an out of the car between the laundromat and the house. So some of the time I sat in the laundromat, and some of the time I wandered around outside the laundromat.
There was a little creek that ran to the side and slightly behind the laundromat. I took a peek at it and noticed a little dark animal moving about toward the bank of the creek. It seemed like it could have been a cat. However, when I stared at it, it looked like some sort of very dark brown to black weasel! This was new to me.
Now I had a book I obtained many years ago put out by the Virginia government agency on wildlife. When I got home I combed through it. I found out what the critter was. I had never heard of it before, but unquestionably it was a fisher! Pekania pennanti is its assigned Latin name.
Here is a video about the fisher that well-illustrates both its appearance and its unforgettably eerie cry!
Now the fisher is elusive, even where it is somewhat plentiful in the northern US and Canada. What an amazing find for me (the other day I was informed I should have reported it, it is that rare) here in Virginia.
Have YOU seen an unusual creature? Tell us what it was in the comments section, below.
Image Credit » PD Wikimedia https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Martes_pennanti#/media/File:Fisher_(15429855132).jpg