You never know what you’re going to find in the woods… especially on Saint Patrick’s Day. The Little People, or leprechauns as they’re more frequently known, are in the mood to have fun on this, their favorite of days.
Unwilling to part with their treasure, it’s understandable that leprechauns have a natural fear of humans. It’s no wonder that they keep a low profile in the woods throughout most of the year. But today, they’re so focused on their dancing and merrymaking, that they could possibly let down their guard.
Leprechauns are solitary creatures, if they’re out at all in the open during the day. However, if taken by surprise by a cat or human, a leprechaun can always rely on clever evasive tactics, such as transforming himself into the shape of a hare.
I spotted these two hares this morning in the front yard.
At first I thought they were the usual snowshoe hares found in Cow Bay, but as I approached, I noticed a mischievous gleam in their little eyes. Could they have been leprechauns in disguise?
Now hares can easily evade predators by running in a zigzag fashion and changing direction on a dime. They can also sit very still and conform to the landscape. It only makes sense that a leprechaun would choose such a form in order to escape detection.
If you do get lucky and manage to see a leprechaun today, it’s best to leave him alone. The Little People are far too clever to be outsmarted of their gold by humans, and one may just take a notion to put the come hither look on you.