Who among us hasn’t had one of those itches that just won’t seem to go away no matter how much or often we scratch?
And then there are those itches that seem to move somewhere else as we scratch the offending spot.
It’s not just we humans that occasionally, or often, have an itch. Anyone who’s had a pet realizes that dogs, cats, birds and even snakes itch – whether or not they have fleas or other parasites.
Wild creatures also itch, and they’re plagued by fleas, ticks and biting flies far more, and more often, than people or peoples’ pets. That was amply demonstrated by a white-tailed deer caught by a camera trap above the house.
As can be seen by the plant to her left, the deer barely moved as she spent almost eight minutes scratching.
One night several years ago one of my camera traps photographed a black bear scratching its back on a tree –
And the next year a different camera trap at the same location got a photo of a bear (the same bear?) scratching on the very same tree –
The next time I have an itch I’ll have to remember that I’m not alone.