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Posted Friday, December 23, 2011, at 7:28 PM

Growing up in a large city, the closest thing we came to wildlife was probably the inhabitants. But living out in more of the wide open spaces, I've gotten to see many types of animals.

Cows hold a fascination. They're usually found in groups, comfortably drinking from a pond or munching on some grass. They look so contented.

I've seen some deer since I've been in Fort Scott and Nevada, fortunately not up close and personal. I've always liked deer. We used to go to Vermont during the summer and we'd occasionally catch a glimpse. They're just so pretty and they run so fast. Unfortunately, I miss-named what I thought were deer in a photo in the Fort Scott Tribune. They were actually elk.

Ever since then, I've been a little gun shy with livestock and animals, needing to make sure they are what I think they are.

Recently, I saw what I think was a huge turkey, though it could have been a rooster.

I had a chance to see a sugar glider, more commonly known as a flying squirrel, thanks to Dawn Bryant, owner of Everything Pets in Fort Scott. The first thing I thought of was Rocky -- from the old "Rocky and Bullwinkle" cartoon. Rocky is a lot larger than actual sugar gliders. Adult flying squirrels only reach 4 to 6 ounces.

This one had a long trip to Everything Pets and was none too happy about it. It was in such a bad mood that Bryant couldn't get a look to see what gender it was. It also emitted the occasional hiss to let you know how discontented it was.

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