I was just drifting off to sleep when I heard our nearby burrowing owls screeching out a warning. I briefly wondered what got their feathers in a ruffle this late at night.
Within a minute or so, the two dogs that live next door started barking and by the sound I knew they were somewhere behind the condo complex close to the nest of the burrowing owls. I got up to investigate thinking someone was walking around possibly ready to cause mischief.
I have no idea on how to spell the next sound I heard , a wild feline warning. It definitely was not your common domestic kitty cat.
As I struggled to see in the darkness, wishing I had night vision goggles, I could hear the dogs take off running. The night became silent as their barks faded away.
The following morning I told John about my bit of excitement and after doing some research came to the conclusion that our night-time visitor was a small wild cat.
The Pampas is a small heavy-set feline ranging 18 – 30 inches in body length. They have not been studied much in the wild but is considered one of the few wild cats making their home along the coastal regions of Ecuador.
Do I know for sure that’s what I heard ? No, but it sure makes life exciting here in San Clemente Ecuador.