— by Susan Eirich, PhD —
On Sundays the coyotes and foxes get fresh eggs from our excellent chickens. The eggs are inhaled, gone before they hit the ground. You have to be quick. If you stay there to enjoy their enjoyment you hear about it very clearly from the other animals. Someone getting a treat is never unnoticed no matter how sneaky you try to be. If Foxie Moxie sees someone else getting an egg first, the outraged screaming sets you back on your heels. Your first reaction is that there must be some life-threatening emergency. Which from her point of view apparently it is. Loki the fox is a bit more genteel but not much. Faerytale the coyote just sends mute signals of desperation. There is nothing here without emotional drama.
Dr. Susan Eirich is the Founder and Executive Director of Earthfire Institute Wildlife Sanctuary and Retreat Center. A licensed psychologist, biologist and educator, her goal is to widen the circle of conversation about conservation to include the voices of all living beings.