A catastrophic flood destroys a
that has been in the family for three generations.
Follow the story of this family and the impact this flood has
on the land and the wildlife that
live upon it.
- A Saga...
As the group approached the
edge of the spreading water, they were joined by several snakes,
white-footed deer mice, wood rats, and a bobcat, all temporarily allied
by the common threat posed by the flood.
Suddenly, the doe felt her front hooves begin to
slide forward and down. The muddy water had filled and hidden one of
the many depressions that pockmarked the terrain. Normally, most were
dry, or held seasonal water, which dried up under the summer sun. This
one was almost four feet deep and several yards across.
The doe tried to back up, but too late, her hind
hooves were already on the slope and she rapidly slid into water up to
her withers. When she reached the bottom of the pit, she turned around
and tried to climb out. But her hooves kept slipping on the black,
slimy mud and she soon tired. Her fawn followed her into the deep water
and almost immediately sunk out of sight. The doe continued her
struggle until she became exhausted then followed her fawn under the
cold muddy water.
The flood had claimed two more victims.
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