Got one Wallaby last night - we just couldn't get close it was bright moonlight. I did get startlingly close to a little brown quail - I could have picked her up with my hand. The neighborhood male pheasants (one to the left shelter bed, one to the right) are safe for now - they've both acquired harems, and will hopefully breed. Spring is definitely coming as birds are collecting Puggles shedding hair for nests. Barbs still seems to be having fun with her dancing, and I am pleased to say my excitement for the day is that my carrot seeds and beets are coming up.
I read a curious statement somewhere recently from a vegan who was holding forth that meat was no part of our natural diet, because humans could never catch or eat cows etc, before we had tools and fire. I have to wonder at how people conceive animal protein to always be 'cow'. I suspect our remote ancestors ate plenty of 'animal protein', raw, just the way chimps do, and we sometimes do. Of course no one thinks of things like bird eggs, baby birds, mice, hedgehogs, snakes, lizards, worms, insects, grubs (larval insects) shellfish, octopus, crustacea (crayfish, crabs and prawns), echinoderms, ascidians (cunjevoi here, redbait back in the old country) fish... all of which I have caught by hand, with no tools at all, many of which I have eaten as is, and all of which I could. Add a few simple tools like a rock and a sharp stick and the list gets bigger, make traps with these and it gets bigger, and add working together in a group, and the list gets huge, of quite big vertebrates too. Humans have probably done all of that since we were all monkeys. Some of us like me just haven't evolved much. To be a vegan, on the other hand, and stay healthy, probably takes a fair bit of knowledge, and to be blunt tools and cooking equipment, and transportation. It's a lifestyle choice, and you're welcome to it, but you can't really claim it is the natural state.