Letters To Mating Animals: Good Morning Western Toad (Highline Magazine Summer 2011)
Good morning Western toad, how was your six month sleep? I hope you’re rested, because it’s time for you to shake off the hibernation hangover and dig your way out of the squirrel burrow you poached last fall. It’s May, and you and I both know you have somewhere to be.
Getting there won’t be easy, so you’d better lick up some spiders and do some stretching. The journey is long; you’ll brave sharp twigs, ravens and bike tires before you reach the breedin’ pond. It’s a little weird that you would prefer to walk rather than hop, but whatevs – just get there. Guys, you should probably arrive first. I have to tell you, the “alert call” you use to draw in the females is not the long pent-up I’m-going-to-hump-you-to-death croak I would expect, but sounds instead like a bird twittering. If this is the cry of deep amphibian lust building for a year, I don’t get it. But, whatever smoothes your skin back.
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