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A new resident


Darling wife was checking the area where two juvenile endangered ____s live. Everything seemed normal, except she hadn’t seen either of them for a few days. That’s normal too – they’re shy.

Suddenly something came plowing through the underbrush. Darling wife moved back and waited to see what it was. Out of the underbrush surged a huge ___ of the same type as our others. Except this one was much larger.

Darling wife was baffled, because there’s really no way that this large specimen could have entered the area, since it’s cordoned off. I suggested that the answer was simple, that one of the existing specimens had eaten the other one, and had thereby gained a much larger size. For some reason, she didn’t accept that, probably because the ___s have no teeth and are not known to be cannibalistic.

Pacing the perimeter of the area, she found a hole where one of the existing ___s had dug a den right up against the barrier. It was here that the large specimen had approached the barrier from the outside, fallen through the roof of the den, and then crawled under the barrier into the enclosure. The large specimen was quite clearly annoyed, and was trying to batter its way out.

We lifted it out and placed it next to another den outside the enclosure. It promptly shoveled its way into the den, turned around and pouted at us from the opening. We left it alone. The fact that it showed no fear indicated that it was fairly old and experienced, and there was no point in agitating it further. It knew we had rescued it from its entrapment, and now it was time for us to leave.

We hope it stays around. It would be nice to have another ___ on the grounds.

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