You may not think there’s a lot of wildlife in Mallorca, but the observant eye will soon notice that there is a whole lot going on in the wild world of beasts. Ok. I have to admit there are a lot of fences keeping them in but a few actually move about freely. The above turkey is very interested in the pretty grey girl but she is having none of it. Every time he tries to creeps up from behind she gets extremely offended…
Burros are to found everywhere and personally I am very fond of them. The donkeys are always friendly and cuddly but Don Pelle thinks they are stupid. I don’t know about that, I think animals are like people; some are smart and some are idiotas.
And of course, sheep. The fields are full of them and as it’s springtime the ewes are giving birth to lambs who are to-die-for sweet. Unfortunately there has not been enough rain for eons and the farmers are worried. There is not enough grass to go around so they have to get rid of more lambs than usual.
Sorry about that bit of morbidness (morbidity?). But that’s life in the countryside. These fellows are quite rare here in Alaró and I suppose they get to live a bit longer (a well kept ostrich can live for 20 years). I have met plenty of ostriches before and I know for a fact that they ARE stupid. Brains big as walnuts, says it all.
The big flat cacti, the paddle cactus (in latin: Opuntia), grow from teensy weensy…
to gigantic! And there is nothing that can keep them in line, they always find their way out even if it means changing their shape.
Since all the chickens move around freely they lay their eggs hither and dither. Actually you even see chickens by the side of the freeway, and sometimes one of them strays out into the road and that usually ends badly. For the chicken.
A good looking dog made our acquaintance. Steffie was delighted, and so was he.
Apparantly the coati (also: Brazilian aardvark) is the only carnivore around and, judging from this sign that I came across in the mountains, the Mallorquines don’t seem to appreciate it much.
So long from yet another carnivore. Hopefully I’ll be back sooner than later 😀