So, I had to stop by wife's office this morning--it is in one the many of the strip malls along Route 30 around LaGrange Road--and was stunned when a wild canine bolted through the parking lot.
Naturally my first thought was coyote. That that was my first thought says a lot about how fast coyotes have overspread Chicago and the suburbs.
But, I was able to get multiple looks as it crossed from some offices and skirted the edge of a restuarant. It was a red fox.
Red foxes are close to my favorite wild mammal. I find them beautiful, probably some mix of delight in the color and the bushy tail. And as coyotes have arrived, foxes are disappearing.
I wasn't able to get my cell phone out in time to try for a quick photo, but there was no mistaking it was a red fox.
It was a source of wonder. Yes, forgive me for a moment of higher thinking, a birthday gift from God.