Robb and I are always interested in the intersection between the natural world, and the all the spaces we have paved and built up in the name of "development."
I recall reading about how the contaminated land around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor has become a haven -- albeit a potentially deadly one -- for wild animals. Wild boars and lynx have moved into abandoned villages.
And this morning I read about a family of bobcats taking advantage of an empty foreclosed home outside of Los Angeles. The bobcats and kittens are lolling around in the yard and on the walls, and possibly taking advantage of the koi ponds. Bobcats are not a threat to humans, so this family is being treated with interest, rather than fear.
The top photograph is the bobcat that Robb and I watched when we were tidepooling earlier this summer. The bottom image is by the cats' neighbor.