Where we live in Hawaii is tropical. On some land, on the side of a mountain. Coffee trees in the back yard. A couple of lime trees. Bamboo, green grass, wild orchids, a small pond. A fire pit. Wild turkeys and chickens roam through the yard - not always, just sometimes. The rooster hasn't been so annoying this trip.
Either I'm used to the sound now, or there aren't as many roosters.
There are also these animals called mongoose. They are a rodent type creature whom you usually only see on the side of the road, or crossing the road. The story goes: the mongoose were brought to Hawaii to kill all the wild cats. Only someone didn't do their research - cats are nocturnal. Mongoose are not.
Needless to say, the wild cats and the mongoose live nicely together on the island.
They say you can finally call yourself a local when you've run over a mongoose (they are pretty darn fast). Well, I could have run over two this week, only I couldn't do it.
I was able to chase the cat away off the front porch while he still had the mouse IN his mouth. This morning, we ran the cat off, while the bird was still in his mouth.
Needless to say, it's a little "wild" around here.