"SOMETIMES EVEN COYOTES JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN" - Coyote

January 02, 2024  •  1 Comment

"SOMETIMES EVEN COYOTES JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN"

Coyote - 7 Photos

 

The following photos were taken just after a "pack meeting" of this particular family of six coyotes.

 

From the sightings & observations I have had over the course of the past months, it appears there are two adults (Mum & Dad), who I have seen very rarely & probably hunt during the dusk to dawn period. Then there are three younger siblings (the triplets) who generally hunt as a mini pack but usually the two youngest are most likely to be seen together. The oldest of the three (and I'm going by size & attitude) is more aloof, confident & "more worldly" in coyote matters :). 

 

There is one other, very much larger with a small amount of face scarring that I have seen often accompanying the three siblings. She (and I'm assuming it's a female as she is much older than the youngsters & larger & is not the alpha female) often initiates the "singing" to gather the youngsters together for hunting. I don't envy her job of instructing this younger generation. Sometimes it appears to be like "herding cats" with each of the three being distracted by different scents, sounds & even play.

 

And yes, the number "six" appears to ring true as I have seen all six together in a tight band on at least two occasions now.

 

As for the two youngest, on this particular occasion they broke from the pack and crossed a frozen pond to initiate some play on the other side (Photo #1 & Photo #2). They returned after short interlude of play, using the same route (Photo #3 through to Photo #7). And that open mouth & baring of teeth seen in Photo #3 shouldn't be alarming. It's just some rough housing between siblings letting off some youthful exuberance. 

 

They returned to the main pack shortly thereafter. Then there was the call from one of the adults to gather and the pack headed off to find an evening meal.

 

PHOTO #1

PHOTO #2

PHOTO #3

PHOTO #4

PHOTO #5

PHOTO #6

PHOTO #7

 


Comments

Urszula(non-registered)
Wonderful photos of these handsome animals!
They do seem to have fun. I love their beautiful fur, and faces.
What a great story, beautifully presented.
Best wishes :)
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