Germany’s Wild Beasts

On my nature walks, I try to pay attention to all flora and fauna. While my antennae are always on alert for avian activity, they also register other animals. During our sojourn in Germany, I happened upon a few scaly and furry creatures, and some sat still long enough to enable me to take their portrait. Others, like a group of wild boars, did not, and simply raced across the trail from one thicket to the next. For that reason, a plush version my dad and I came across in a café had to serve as a model and can be seen in the featured photo above. I hope you will enjoy this selection of my beastly encounters.

Bei meinen Spaziergängen in der Natur versuche ich, auf alle Flora und Fauna zu achten. Selbst wenn meine Antennen besonders auf Vogelaktivität reagieren, registrieren sie auch andere Tiere. Während unseres Deutschlandaufenthaltes begegnete ich auch schuppigen und felligen Tieren, und einige hielten lange genug still, um ein Porträt von ihnen aufzunehmen. Bei anderen war das nicht der Fall, wie zum Beispiel bei einer Gruppe Wildschweine, die über den Weg von einem Dickicht zum anderen rasten. Aus diesem Grund mußte eine Plüschversion herhalten, die mein Vater und ich in einem Café entdeckten, und die im obersten Bild zu sehen ist. Ich hoffe, diese Auswahl meiner tierischen Begegnungen wird Euch gefallen.

Red Fox/Rotfuchs


Nutria/Nutria (Biberratte)

Ring Snake/Ringelnatter


European Hare/Feldhase

European Roe Deer/Europäisches Reh

41 thoughts on “Germany’s Wild Beasts

  1. You’re funny to have led off with a plush wild boar. You deserve credit for having gotten so close to so many real animals as you did in the pictures that followed.

    On the language side, when I looked into the second part of Ringelnatter I found that the Middle English cognate in a naddre had gotten re-segmented into an addre, which modern has re-spelled as an adder. And whereas The Sound of Music has do turning into ‘a deer,’ in German it’s Reh.

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  2. The red fox is so pretty! I love its read furs 🙂 The snake a bit scary for me as usual, and the other animals are cute too 🙂 Few weeks ago when we were at the beach, my husband ((he has the antenna 😀 )) spotted a snake in the forest but I didn’t dare to go check haha. Well done, Tanja!

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    • Thank you, Pooja. I am glad you enjoyed my little menagerie. I remember your dislike about snakes from my post about rattlesnakes (by the way, I saw another one on a hike just this morning!).
      I also admired the fox’s attire-he/she really stood out among all the green. I am pretty sure that you could see all these animals in Poland, too.
      I hope you are enjoying your summer.

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  3. liebe tanja, deine bilder anzuschauen ist wieder mal reinste freude! ich möchte auch gleich mal wieder anklopfen und fragen, ob es recht wäre, wenn ich ein paar davon vielleicht mal zeichnerisch umsetze, als da wären: der schwimmende biber, der hase im feld (ganz großartig!) und last, but noch least das kleine reh.
    der fuchs gefällt mir auch sehr. ist der echt? der sieht rundherum so weichwattig aus, als träumte er. 🙂
    danke fürs zeigen. ganz wunderbare eindrücke. und schön, dass du, der vollständigkeit halber auch das plüschtier ergänzt hast. 🙂 liebe grüße aus berlin

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  4. What a joy to encounter all these animals on your walks. I met a red fox the other day when I was out picking wild strawberries. Suddenly, it jumped out of the scrubs right in front of me and it’s hard to tell who got scared the most. It had a thick fur and tail, and no sign of scabies.
    I have never seen a wild boar, only traces of the damages they cause to farmers by rooting up cropland and gardens. 🙂
    Best wishes

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    • I imagine that you see a lot of wildlife where you spend your summer, Meggie. One of these days, a wild boar might be among those animals.
      Thank you for stopping by and for commenting.


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