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I got an early afternoon call from my Marine today. We talked about what's going on with him and his buds and all the usual stuff a father and son discuss like 'how is the bird hunting is going?" and "have you been to the coast lately?"

I asked him what kind of wildlife he's seeing in the Iraqi desert. He told me they see white-winged doves along the river every time he's on day-light patrol. I braced him on it and he came right back with an, "Absolutely, Dad. The exact same birds we shoot in South Texas." I thought that was kind of neat.

Of course, he hasn't been able to examine one as closely as he did the ones here. He did, however, get to examine a hyena they hit on the road at night last week. Said he thought it was a big dog when the truck he was escorting nailed him, but they went back the next day only to discover it was a large hyena.

He says there are wild domestic dogs all over the desert. When they set up a night observation post, they see many more times the number of dogs than they do during the day, all scavenging for whatever they can find. No antelope or deer of any kind, just wild dogs. He says he'll keep me posted on any other wildlife that turns up. If it sounds interesting, I'll pass it on.

Bob
 

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Spiders

Snort -

We haven't talked about them, yet. Right after they got called up, they spent two months at 29 palms to get prepped up to go over and were introduced to the spiders by guys that had come back already. Those are some nasty looking bugs. Look like they ought to come out of a Michael Crichton movie or maybe something from Frank Herbert's Dune series.

Bob
 
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