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WolfWay

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #630 on: November 18, 2013, 04:27:10 AM »
We just had a magnitude 4 earthquake this moring while I was at work.

My first thought was "Uh oh, the technies next door dropped something heavy on the floor. No, wait, it still going on and getting louder, is the roof caving in?... Uh, still going on and still getting louder...Did something really big just blow up?" Cue entire office rushing outside and checking for smoke stacks or something.


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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #631 on: November 18, 2013, 09:19:40 AM »
Raccoons mating!

Actually, the most dramatic, scary thing I've ever heard at my apartment is raccoons screaming at each other around the recycling bin.

They sound less like you'd imagine a raccoon would, and more like a demon on a mission to collect souls by ripping them out of human bodies at one swipe. At least, that's the impression when you wakened from a dead sleep by "ARRGHSHISSSSSSSSSHRIEK!!!!!!!!!" directly under your bedroom window.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #632 on: November 18, 2013, 10:53:30 AM »
Foxes are the same, they make a frightening racket.

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #633 on: November 18, 2013, 02:27:50 PM »
And baby rabbits who have been caught by the cat make the most appalling scream. :(  It was lucky for Bunny that Sootso didn't know what to do with it after catching it.  He was just toting it around by the scruff of the neck like a kitten, so I took it away from him and put it down in the mess of honeysuckle where the local cottontails lived.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #634 on: November 18, 2013, 02:50:08 PM »
Last September, camping in New Mexico.

The elk were in prime mating season and the bugling went on all hours of the night. Not to mention the deer that attempted to run campers over when heading to the facilities in the dark. The bears that liked to hang out in the trees near the camp store. The chipmunks and squirrels that stole anything they could find if it smelled good or was shiny.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #635 on: November 18, 2013, 10:20:57 PM »
Apparently pumas can do an excellent imitation of a woman screaming in terror, to the point that law enforcement is sometimes called out.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #636 on: November 18, 2013, 11:36:10 PM »
The raccoons screaming are horrendous, I agree completely.  But I can tolerate that, although I don't like it.  What scares me, though, is when the raccoon screaming is interspersed with dog barking and screaming.  Then I get upset because somebody let their pet out and that pet is getting the worst of the argument.  We live where we have a lot of wild life - CRIVINS! won't people keep their pets in at night when the wild things are out and about???   >:(   :'(
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #637 on: November 19, 2013, 10:02:50 AM »
Apparently pumas can do an excellent imitation of a woman screaming in terror, to the point that law enforcement is sometimes called out.

I can confirm this. Also, whited below because of violent animals.

Sis and I were visiting a friend one spring in an extremely rural area. It was a drive layover on our way to Colorado. We took a walk in the back field, and Sis heard a woman screaming, then a child screaming. Sis was freaking out, saying we should call someone, and the guy who lived there confirmed that it was just a puma killing a calf nearby. Sounded just like a child. Sis practically bolted to the house and wouldn't come out again, so guy and I sat on the porch to look at the stars.

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #638 on: November 19, 2013, 12:02:44 PM »
The raccoons screaming are horrendous, I agree completely.  But I can tolerate that, although I don't like it.  What scares me, though, is when the raccoon screaming is interspersed with dog barking and screaming.  Then I get upset because somebody let their pet out and that pet is getting the worst of the argument.  We live where we have a lot of wild life - CRIVINS! won't people keep their pets in at night when the wild things are out and about???    >:(   :'(
My brother lives in a subdivision near open space/park.  He had a cat which was indoor/outdoor because Bro refuses to have a litter box.  The cat disappeared one night and never returned.  Bro said a coyote probably got him.  Then he got another cat, a lovely Ragdoll.  Bro still insists that the cat go to the potty outside, even though he can hear coyotes yipping a block away.  I fear it's just a matter of time before they catch this cat.

Just one more reason why I don't speak to my brother anymore. :-X

Anyone else ever heard peacocks call?  They sound just like human screams.  There are peafowl at the ranch where we board our mare, Misty.  I freaked out the first time I heard them calling.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #639 on: November 19, 2013, 12:19:40 PM »
Oh, peacocks are LOUD!  The zoo near my parents have some and holy Hannah they make a good racket.  They're beautiful to look at but I could never have them for all the noise.

Speaking of noise...I live on the north side of Chicago.  On Sunday, we got part of the big storms that moved through the area but we were kind of on the edge of the front, so we got a some wind, rain and thunder but nothing more than any other storm we'd get.  But we heard a noise that sounded a lot like the planes that come over the house on the way to the airport but there was no Doppler effect...it was just a steady, continuous roar.

DH opened the front door and it was either the roar of the wind from the main part of the storm downtown and parts south or the lake.  Either way, it sent the hair on the back of my neck straight up.  It was seriously creepy.

And I've heard a raccoon scream too.  I thought someone was being killed until I went to investigate.   :o

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #640 on: November 19, 2013, 12:25:53 PM »
Growing up my next door neighbors had horses and a barn cat to keep the mice away from the hay.  That cat sounded just like a baby crying when she got going.  She was fine, as far as we can tell just bored.

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #641 on: November 19, 2013, 12:48:31 PM »
Growing up my next door neighbors had horses and a barn cat to keep the mice away from the hay.  That cat sounded just like a baby crying when she got going.  She was fine, as far as we can tell just bored.
A cat in heat will often sound like a baby crying, especially if it has Siamese blood. My Siamese in full cry once woke the woman across the street, who thought that her baby was crying.  I guess I'm lucky she didn't call the cops and report an abandoned infant.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #642 on: November 19, 2013, 01:15:25 PM »
Fun thread!
When I was really young, I slept through the following event:
Man bangs on back door, and wakes the parents, who eventually let him in. They give him a glass of water, and let him use the phone to call a cab. Somehow the police know that he's there (not sure if the parents called or they knew where he was, but he was on the run from them), but they set up with the cabbie to pause extra long at the stop sign at the end of the street. Guy leaves our house when the cab comes, and is apprehended 3 houses down. The next morning, I was getting underfoot watching the crime scene tech take fingerprints in the kitchen.

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #643 on: November 19, 2013, 02:59:15 PM »
Oh, I suppose I missed one in my previous posts. It was my backyard, and yet somehow I forgot.

We had a very large tree in the backyard. Probably diameter of four or five feet. There was a huge storm that blew through one night. Somehow everyone in my family slept through it, including me. (This was very rare, I was and still am terrified of thunderstorms, and they tend to wake me up fairly quickly.) The tree was blown over from our backyard, across the neighbor's backyard and side yard, and into the street across the neighbor's yard. Neighbor is on the corner lot, luckily. Neighbor's house had minimal damage on the roof of the garage, other than that there was no actual damage to the outside of her house. But the tree had fallen across the power lines and the phone lines.

Neighbor had woken up in the middle of the night to her phone being ripped across the wall as the main line was pulled out. She decided to go back to sleep once she knew the house was okay, and showed up at our house in the morning with her coffee mug and sugar asking for a cup of coffee, since our tree had knocked out her power. We were close enough that we all got a laugh out of it, but my dad had to take out his chainsaw to remove the tree from the road, as it turns out that the three other roads leading to our block were also covered with debris, and it had to be cleared before any power trucks could come through. And the city was dealing with hundreds of other upended trees on more major thoroughfares, they couldn't get to it until the next few days.

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #644 on: November 19, 2013, 03:04:21 PM »
Apparently pumas can do an excellent imitation of a woman screaming in terror, to the point that law enforcement is sometimes called out.

I don't know what it was that I heard often living in Northern Virginia, but there was some critter making noise many nights that for all the world sounded like it should have been in a horror movie.
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