By now, I've seen so many deer and feral pigs that it seems completely natural when I jump them nowadays (like walking through the living room at home with our 2 dogs, one cat, 1 mouse, 2 guinea pigs, and 2 frogs). However, Jamie and I have had lots of other cool animal encounters while caching. I was signing a log off FM 1960 and an armadillo was trotting along the fence line right toward me and got about 3 or 4 feet away before he realized I was there. I've encountered skunks three times, and I always give them a wide berth (I figure they're holding the winnng hand) and several possum. Jamie and I had a horse walk up to us while we were getting a cache on a fenceline in Waco. Pretty horse...he just wanted some lovin'. On the same trip we had a female lab mix dog approach us and was just as sweet as can be. And still yet on that trip we enountered three ostriches about 60 - 70 feet away. Granted, they were on the other side of a fence and were owned by someone, but one of them had eyes so red that he looked evil (or like my late grandfather after a rough night). I've had too many snake enounters (copperheads, rat snakes, corn snakes, water mocassins, and even one rattler, and then a bunch I couldn't identify. Where'e Herp when I need him? I was actually crouched down in a cemetery one night signing a log with my flashlight on, and the cutest gray field mouse climbed onto the roots of the tree next to me and he just sat there looking at me. I've also seen a couple of coyotes (which is rare), and when I wear my headlamp, it drives the dragonflies nuts and they divebomb me (yes, at night). Now, I can tell you the story about the 11-foot gator that apparently wanted to get in my kayak in a popular kayak caching area, but that's going to require you buying me dinner, because I have to include the part about me yelling like a sissy girl, and that takes a ton of humility to do (but the FTF's were worth it). Wildlife encounters and just plain encountering the God-given marvels of nature on this planet are the biggest joy for me...even bigger than FTF chases (except the ones where I beat Log Dawgs).