ok guys, don't laugh but I miss skunks, and chipmunks, racoons, and even squirrels! Well, we do have squirrels here but they are puny, timid little muddy coloured things that would die of shame in North America. Nothing like the large silver-gray, dark brown almost black, and red squirrels with great bushy tails that I was used to seeing scampering in my back yard in Toronto.
I remember having a litter of skunks way at the back of my yard one spring, and they were the cutest little things! They'd come out and play just like kittens, and the mother wasn't at all anxious as long as we stayed up on our terrace, watching. Course, no pets were allowed in the yard for a few months while the family was growing up, but it was really something to watch them. Then they just disappeard during the summer and never came back. But the next year we had a pair of foxes making a den in the neighbour's rose garden back of his house, so perhaps the foxes scared the skunk away. Pretty impressive considering we were right in the city, albeit Etobicoke and not downtown.
Bah! Now I'm homesick.... for skunks?! :dogblink: