- you do a quick u-turn when you notice flashing car lights and police officers in the middle of a busy road wondering what to do with a large snapping turtle stranded in the middle of four lanes.
- you know how to handle a snapping turtle, and you happen to have a carrier for it in your car. (See https://mefurr.wordpress.com/2014/05/13/a-snap-decision/.)
- you go to work (school, social events, etc.) with a container of infant squirrels and the formula and syringes to feed them every two to three hours throughout the day. (See Nutty for Squirrels, https://mefurr.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/nutty-for-squirrels/.)
- you’ve been on a wild goose chase…literally.
- you go to the doctor for a couple of stitches on your cheekbone because you’ve been clocked by the goose you were trying to catch. (The doctor thought my story was pretty crazy but figured it had to be true. Who could make up something like that?! I don’t think you want to see the photo–had a nasty bruise too!)
- you’re more afraid of being bitten by a chipmunk than a coyote. (Those chipmunks bite hard!)
- you’ve handled a coyote. (See https://mefurr.wordpress.com/2013/11/02/back-to-the-wild/.)
- you’ve had a close friendship with a non-releasable crow. (See My Friend Edgar Allan Crow, https://mefurr.wordpress.com/2013/11/19/my-friend-edgar-allan-crow/.)
- you love opossums, squirrels, coyotes, snakes, vultures, crows, pigeons, and many other animals that people disdain because you know they play an important role in their ecosystem. (See Carrion, My Wayward Bird and Pretty as a ‘Possum.)
- You’ve worn a ghillie suit.
- you can’t say no when you get a call to go rescue an injured opossum (goose, squirrel, fox, etc.), even when you’re exhausted and have just found a moment’s peace.
- you’ve been bitten, scratched, or taloned by most of the native wildlife in your area.
- you’ve said to a friend, “I’d give you a hug, but I have feces on my shirt.”
- you deal with a lot of sh*t!
But aren’t these faces worth it!!