Sometimes, they are one and the same.
While driving to work the other morning on my favorite non-winter road over the mountain, I was doing my usual musing: "If I won the lottery, what would I do with all that money?" Or, the ever popular, "Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall..." I came around a curve in the road just in time to see a tiny, spotted fawn totter into my lane. The squeal of my brakes and the string of unladylike commentary, did not phase him/her. It just blinked at me with grave little fawn eyes and tottered back up the bank towards Mommy. Meanwhile, my heart was doing the Bosa Nova.
Later that day, on the reverse trip, musing about other things - like the idiot who was tailing me at a half-car length - I come around another bend in the road and BINGO, there is a teensy turkey poult, headed determinedly in the opposite direction of its mother - and into the path of my car. I was not aware that I was capable of such quick thoughts. But, through my mind flew the following - "okay, tiny bird, big car, bigger idiot too close behind me, shineola." Then I started tamping on my brakes, blowing my horn and gesturing wildly into the rear view mirror. And, no, it was not a rude gesture. Luckily, the driver got the hint and we both squeaked to a stop - me within inches of the poult. Her within inches of my back bumper. I believe we both took in a big gulp of air at the same time. The poult's mother clucked frantically, and the little squirt wisely did a u-turn and headed back to its mother. We continued on, this time the tailgater was a respectful distance behind me.
This morning, as I was hesitantly inching along the same road - you could say I was a tad gun-shy at this point - a young porcupine waddled confidently and with purpose...into my lane. Luckily, all my synapses were on full alert and I was able to slow down and enjoy the view without risking limb or paw. There is nothing like a small, fat, prickly animal taking his/her good, sweet time because they know they can. Figuring that I was now in the clear, I picked up the pace a bit and was promptly dive-bombed by a red-tailed hawk less than a quarter mile down the road.
I mean, really!