Monday, July 28, 2014

The precocious prodigal son returns

It was a particularly lazy Sunday afternoon. Lucy and I had returned home from a long ride, 
it was very hot, and all I wanted to do was nothing.


 My idea of nothing is listening to a book, in the shade, in the company of animals.

 
 Animals don't understand the concept of nothing.


 Anyway, after trying to do a lot of nothing, it was time to go back to the house. 


 And who should be waiting for me but Junior, the little bugger...
just when I was getting used to the idea that he had run away from home and might never return.
I'd like to think he had missed us, but maybe he's just into the whole internet celebrity thing.
Hard to say with a wild child.


He turned around to look at something – I thought for sure Daddy or Auntie must be nearby, but no.


 He was by himself...


...strolling through as if he owned the place. 

I hope you're not tired of pronghorn posts because I get the feeling there will be more after all.





27 comments:

  1. Your wear socks on a hot day?? Or just for the picture ;-)
    Great to see Junior again. He's a smart little thing...

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  2. Every pronghorn needs a herd and it looks like you all might be it!

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  3. tired of Jr. posts....NEVER !! I wonder if he will eventually join your herd? his mommy brought him to you cause she felt the love oozing out the fence and she knew she would not be there to provide that for him.....love the story !! Jeanne in SC

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    1. I agree. Food, water, creature love, and room to run...sounds like a perfect pronghorn retreat to me! I'm wondering what his name will be???

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  4. Anne Boleyn7/28/14, 5:04 AM

    Tired of JP (Junior Pronghorn)? NEVER!

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  5. Who would ever tire of looking at such a beautiful creature. none of us. happy he's back and safe.

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  6. bring em on..... love every one of these

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  7. I think he'll stay until he's good and ready to go and what better place to grow up a little more than with you and your friends helping him out a bit. I'm sure his mother felt better about having to leave him because of that. Maybe that's why she showed up in the first place. You are probably well known to the all sorts of animals out there.

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  8. He's an adorable little fellow! So glad he has a nice place to grow.
    BA SP

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  9. I glad he he made it. He had a smart Mama to bring him to you and your herd.

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  10. That was nice to see this morning! Thanks.

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  11. He's getting bigger! I think he does think of you guys as his herd ( home)
    Like a big kitty...he'll be back :-)

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  12. Just hope Purina makes Pronghorn Chow.

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  13. Tired of pronghorn posts? Never! Since discovering your blog, I need my donkey & horse fix every morning for the day to go well; just add an antelope, stir, and voila! perfection. You may have to clear out an extra stall for Junior someday!

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  14. Not tired, excited! Imagining soooo many things that can come out of this. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  15. Ah, Junior! That was what I needed this very Monday morning. Thanks for the smile.

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  16. Keep posting stuff about Junior. He now seems like part of the herd!

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  17. Even though I know he will be better off with his herd, I was secretly hoping he would be back.

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  18. Yay! You just have to smile when you see him looking at you without fear. My curiosity has been aroused about pronghorns and I love to research things on the internet. But, I don't need deep scientific knowledge to satisfy my curiosity so I went to Wikipedia. The males have a black patch at the base of their jaw so you can tell at a distance which sex an animal is and female horns are sometimes barely visible and are rarely pronged. And, they're NOT antelopes. They closely resemble the antelopes of Europe and Asia so settlers here called them antelopes. They have a highly developed sense of curiosity so Junior is probably as curious about you as you are about him. Their field of vision is 320 degrees! That's almost like having eyes in the back of their heads. Many of them eat cactus and can eat things toxic to domestic animals. I wonder if he'll like cholla? Okay, I'm done. But, I found the information so fascinating that I just had to share what I thought were the highlights.

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  19. Glad to see Junior healthy and happy. Curious? Are you reading anything good? I have been on a long dry spell.

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  20. Thanks Anne Boleyn (earlier post) for naming your guest, JP (Junior Pronghorn)! Will never tire of pronghorn posts. I was thinking about how we give our hearts to short-lived animals, knowing full well that we will be very hurt by their passing away, and yet their lives make ours so very enjoyable while they are with us. Thanks for letting us be part of all that goes on at 7MSN, so we may also love your ranchers. Wynonna will always be part of my own memories. (And Deets, and others who have gone on.)

    By the way, you do nothin' good! Keep practicing and you'll get even better at nothin'. :)

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  21. Junior looks like he's getting into that awkward teenage phase. All long legs, long neck, and big ears! -- Min

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  22. While part of me hopes he finds and is accepted into a herd of his same species, I confess to being very happy to see him doing well at 7MSN ranch. Stay safe, Junior, wherever you may go - or stay!

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  23. Happy indeed to see JP come back.I know it is not considered cool to try to make a pet out of a wild animal,but at the same time its just too gruesome to toss him to the coyotes, he's just too little. I wonder if his herd has moved elsewhere?

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  24. Very interesting! Being a girl who grew up on a dairy/horse farm here in NY...I have to admit ...I do not know much about pronghorns so this is pretty interesting to me. Thanks!

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  25. An American in Tokyo8/6/14, 10:57 PM

    At least Junior knows he can always come to his safe haven! ; )

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