It's holding up her tail. You should have seen the fawn shaking off the rain! It was hilarious as it shook a little too hard on two occasions and almost tipped itself over!
Oh! Don't call it "Jim's Rural Zoo!" Then I'd have to register it as a business with the state, pay the filing fees, get a collector's permit (for animals/mammals), send in tax forms (no income, but a LOT of expenses for food), and be subject to periodic inspections to see if I'm maintaining safe and sanitary feeding and sleeping quarters for all of my "visitors." Nah! I'll have to pass on that!
We have a friend - an old neighbor - whose hubby is in the VA Hospital (Veterans Administration Hospital for our friends across the pond). They came down off Blue Mountain in central New York. After several doctor visits and several medications over a period of 5 weeks - and deteriorating health - the doctor couldn't pin down what was actually ailing the hubby. She finally told him, "hospital... now!" She drove him the 2-1/2 hours to the Albany VA and he was admitted and put into isolation. At first they put him on one antibiotic after the other. Nothing seemed to be clearing his lungs. It appears to be pneumonia, but antibiotics aren't working. A friend of theirs who is in nursing remembered they had just returned home from a vacation in Puerto Rico and staying in Florida for another week. He came down ill within a couple of days after making Florida. The nurse friend mentioned he may have contracted "Valley Fever" which is a fungal infection affecting the lungs. The VA took blood samples and had to send them to the CDC for testing. Results to be in tomorrow - the day they're supposed to discharge him... maybe. Now, this guy is a big man, but he's already lost 35 pounds/15,8 kg! We're keeping our fingers crossed that it is Valley Fever so at least they'd know what to treat him for. If it turns out it isn't VF, then who knows what is causing his pneumonia-like symptoms.
Now, to get back on topic, our friend has invited us to come up to their place on the lake this autumn to look at the beautiful colors of the season. She even offered to drive down, pick us up and drive us up there, and then would drive us home afterward. I asked her, "What? Do I look like a "leafer"? Besides, that's 10 hours of driving just so we can see the pretty leaves? Don't get me wrong, but I'd rather sit and watch the wildlife!" The way I look at it, I'd rather go fishing at the lake. Or, I could just sit right here on my porch or at my son's house and see all the colors of autumn. I could also drive up to the top of the highest hill right here in town - it's also the highest point in the county - and look at the colors of autumn at one of the two reservoirs that sits in the valley. So, we just left the invite open for now.