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Galego

My obsession with a mysterious animal.

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I enjoyed that, thank you and welcome to UM :)

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Hello!!!

Haven't finished your story yet, but I will. Just had to say, "Porko Bravo", haha love that name!

Beautiful English and interesting story! Still reading, as I prepare supper for the family.

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Ha! Great solution to an old mystery. Investigation and clear thinking prevailed.

I was wondering badger too. I've always heard they are vicious. Although I've seen a video of a pet one.

Sounds like a beautiful place.

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I really enjoyed reading your story. You have a way of keeping the reader's interest. Well written. I also thought it might be a badger (as did QuiteContrary) but wasn't sure if your country had them. How nice that you finally solved your puzzle after so long. Most of us never get the chance to do it. I was also happy to read that you didn't kill the badger. I know he hurt your dog but he was only protecting himself as they are extremely territorial. You seem to be an animal and nature lover and are quite comfortable and capable in the wild.

Now, like your grampa, you can tell this story to your kids and grandkids! :tu:

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Thanks. To all of you.

Still Waters, I'm glad you enjoyed my story, and thank you for the welcome.

QuiteContrary, thank you for what you said about my English. Although I know I make a lot of mistakes. It's been a while since the last time I had to spoke or write in your beautiful language. Badgers might be vicious, yes, but only if provoked, as SpiritTraveller said. I'm really happy about how everything turned out to be. And about not letting my superstitions and fears get in the way of a perfectly normal solution for my mystery. Porco Bravo literally means Wild Pig in Galician, by the way.

Thank you for your kind words, SpiritTraveller. I'm glad you enjoyed my story. And about the badger, the answer was kind of obvious, as QuiteContrary and yourself said. I'm surprised I've never thought of it in all this years. I guess my memory, my fear and the local legends played a trick on my reason. And about killing the badger, I had no need for such a thing. I don't think it was the same one that attacked my dog. But even if it was, it is an animal protecting himself and his territory. Can't hardly blame him for that. Also, it's not a big threat to humans. If I had a weapon the day of the attack, and asuming I wasn't too scared to act, I probably had tried to defend myself and my dog. But killing him after that would have been just pointless. It would serve no one, and it would made me a poacher.

As I said, thanks to all of you.

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Thanks. To all of you.

Still Waters, I'm glad you enjoyed my story, and thank you for the welcome.

QuiteContrary, thank you for what you said about my English. Although I know I make a lot of mistakes. It's been a while since the last time I had to spoke or write in your beautiful language. Badgers might be vicious, yes, but only if provoked, as SpiritTraveller said. I'm really happy about how everything turned out to be. And about not letting my superstitions and fears get in the way of a perfectly normal solution for my mystery. Porco Bravo literally means Wild Pig in Galician, by the way.

Thank you for your kind words, SpiritTraveller. I'm glad you enjoyed my story. And about the badger, the answer was kind of obvious, as QuiteContrary and yourself said. I'm surprised I've never thought of it in all this years. I guess my memory, my fear and the local legends played a trick on my reason. And about killing the badger, I had no need for such a thing. I don't think it was the same one that attacked my dog. But even if it was, it is an animal protecting himself and his territory. Can't hardly blame him for that. Also, it's not a big threat to humans. If I had a weapon the day of the attack, and asuming I wasn't too scared to act, I probably had tried to defend myself and my dog. But killing him after that would have been just pointless. It would serve no one, and it would made me a poacher.

As I said, thanks to all of you.

You are very welcome Galego!

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Galego,

First welcome to UM.

Second, when I see posts that long, I usually make it to the second paragraph. About 2/3rds of the way through I was starting to think you were making it all up. Although, it sounded like you know about the wildlife, and the woods. ( wish I could go there ).

Long story short, I read the entire thing, and I think this is one of the ( if not the ) top posts ever on this site.

Thanks for sharing.

Also, I was thinking badger at first, but not sure of the wildlife there. But, as I said, I was expecting a " I found a werewolf " ending, and thinking I was going to have to rip you a new one in a reply.

Excellent, excellent, post.......

Now, look at my signature, and check the link. :)

edit to add : I was intrigued by the " Wolves " in your post. I would not consider myself an expert, but I am very knowledgeable on Wolves, and love to read, and inform people on how they really are. People are so mis-informed. I am glad you mentioned how they are timid, and I am glad they are protected there. The Government here also pays for any lost livestock here, but idiots still allow the killing of Wolves.

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Hola ! and welcome Galego !

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i also enjoyed that story :tu:

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Galego, you are a gifted writer. You may be unemployed at the moment but you are most certainly an author. Might I suggest you pursue your talent as it is remarkable.

Oh, and welcome to UM!

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Wow. I don't know what to say. All of you are really kind, and you have my thanks.

Thank you for your welcome, thrird_eye, and ¡Hola!

I'm glad you enjoyed my story JCB.

Lilly, I'm not gifted. I'm just kind of competent. But I do a little writting. I've published a few short stories and poems in some local magazines. But always in Spanish or Galician. I have never written something similar in English till I decided to tell my story here. I thank you enormously for your kindness. Your words give me hope. And right now I need it, as things are not going well in my life, loosing the job and all. You have my thanks.

And Sakari... I don't know how to begin, or where. First of all. I understand you doubted of my story, thinking I was making it up and going for the "Werewolf theory". And that is partly my fault. I said at the begining my encounter wasn't supernatural, but the way I told it was written to make the reader thought it was. I wanted the reader to feel the same incertitude, curiosity and fear I felt. I wanted to tell my tale because I needed to. But also because I think is a good story to be told. And I wanted to do it right. We Galicians love a good story. And the people who know how to tell one are highly valued in our culture. That has vantages and disadvantages, of course. But is our way. And I love to write. And as I said, I've been raised listening to all kind of legends, specially werewolf related ones. That is my education, and is in my subconscious mind, even if I don't believe in them. In a situation of stress, uneasiness and fear, my mind goes primal and throws reason off the window. And the ancient fear of the Big Bad Lobishome that lurks on the mountains comes back. I wanted you to understand that. To feel that. And that lead us to the second point. The wolves. Galician culture has always been close to the wolves, but in a bad way. The wolf here is seen as the enemy. This comes from the ancient times, when they were man's only real competition in these lands. Our mythology blames them for every bad thing that happens. They are considered to be evil. Even the word Xau, that is one of our words for them, is also one of the names of the Devil in our language. All of this, of course, is false, as you know. galicians had always been unfair and cruel with the wolves. Is one of the things that made me sad about our culture. If want to know something about the wolf in our culture, or real facts about the Iberian Wolf (Canis Lupus Signatus), send me a message and I will answer to the best of my knowledge.

I'm really flattered about what you said about my post. I'm glad I shared my story. Thank all of you for reading it. And Sakari, I checked the link of your signature. Your Sakari was really adorable, beautiful and intelligent. Your are really lucky for having her with you. I envy you. I lit a candle in her memory.

And about the forests and landscapes of my land, I will try to post some pictures of it one of these days.

I thank you all so much for reading and posting... I'm really grateful.

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. I lit a candle in her memory.

:tu:

P.S.

I was trying to say you did exactly what you wanted in your writing. It was AWESOME!

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Hi and welcome to UM :st

I really enjoyed your post and that was a very exciting read. Your writing is lovely.

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Galego, you are a gifted writer. You may be unemployed at the moment but you are most certainly an author. Might I suggest you pursue your talent as it is remarkable.

Oh, and welcome to UM!

Those were my exact thoughts Lilly! Galego, you should write. Your narrative flows easily, is personal, deep, three dimensional with details that don't bore people. You painted a picture with words and it is as if I was there with you on your journey from fear to the unexpected but equally "paranormal" ending and your personal triumph. So nice. Thanks.

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Thank you for the welcome, Rogue Suga. I'm glad you enjoyed my story and my writing.

Thank you SSilhouette. You are very kind. As I wrote to Lilly in my last post, those words give me hope. I'm really glad you enjoy my writing.

Thank you ironhead1.

I'll post some photos I took when taking a walk following a logging road in the Serra da Xesta, near my in-laws farm. It's not the same place of my story, but it may give you a "feel" of the Galician mountains. I'm sorry for the bad quality. I don't own a camera at the moment. Just the one in my cell phone.

In this one you can see the fog coming down from the mountains and the eucalyptus forest. The eucalyptus were brought from Australia for logging during Franco's dictatorship. They are kind of a plague in the Galician forest, displacing autochthonous species like the oaks and castiñeiros (I think the English name is chestnuts, or something like that). Anyhow, it's still a beautiful view. When I can, I'll post pics of the real Galician forest.

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These two are a view from the mountain up.

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This is an old house covered by the vegetation.

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This is the embryo of a pine forest, about 1 km up through the logging road. Those trees were planted in part for logging, in part for slowing down the eucalyptus expansion.

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And that's all for now. I will try to do better next time. With a real camera, and more time to find some oak and castiñeiros forests, the ones that we call fragas around here.

Thank you.

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Galego,

Tried to start posting the pics for you, but out of time...Above, the icons on the reply, when you reply...

On the bottom row, there is a " B " ( bold ), then an " I " ( italic ), then a " U " underlined, etc.etc...From the " B " look 10 over to the right. There is a icon of a picture. A square thing.

When posting links to pictures, click on that, then paste in the link, and enter. That will post your pic.

I believe, only two ( 2 ) pics per reply, so you will need to do quite a few. ( learned this on the trail cam thread )

Hope that helped, sorry I could not get them all.

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Thank you, Sakari. For explaining and for posting the pics. I have no time to do it right now, but I will post them correctly as soon as I can. Thank you.

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Well, lets see if I can do it correctly this time. Te photos Sakari posted are one taken looking down the mountain from the logging road, a view of the foggy mountains, a path up the mountain, also from the logging road, and the vegetation covered house. Lets see if I can post the exposed side of that house.

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Yes. That worked :tu: Thank you Sakari. The next one is another view up the mountain forest.

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And these two are the last ones. This is the embryo of a pine forest, about 1 km up through the logging road. Those trees were planted in part for logging, in part for slowing down the eucalyptus expansion.

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And the other one.

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I hope you enjoy them. As soon as I can, I'll post some photos of the actual forest of my story. Hopefully taken with a real camera.

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That was a great story. Thank you for posting it. I would never had thought of a badger or wolverine. I was thinking about maybe a wolf-dog hybrid as you mentioned about wild dogs running around. I hope you post somemore stories for us. But i can understand why it haunted you.

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That was a great story. Thank you for posting it. I would never had thought of a badger or wolverine. I was thinking about maybe a wolf-dog hybrid as you mentioned about wild dogs running around. I hope you post somemore stories for us. But i can understand why it haunted you.

A Wolf/dog hybrid would not attack like that. They are timid and stay away from people as much as possible. Unless cornered ( even then ) they are not aggressive at all......Look at my signature.

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