Follow the feet

imagePenny and Percy are taking a winter walk. It snowed just enough last night on the Pobble Path to make a nice new carpet of snow.

“Wow! We must be the first Pobbles out today. We are making the first footprints on the new snow!” Percy was happy. He likes to be first.

“Not so fast Percy. I think I see some other footprints.” Penny rushed forward to see. “Hmmm. These aren’t Pobble prints. What could they be?” Percy caught up and took a look.

The footprint looked like three little sticks. Two were facing forward and one was facing back. Whatever it was, it had three toes. “It definitely isn’t a Pobble. It is way too small for that. It must be an animal!”

Penny agreed, “Yes. I think you are right. What kind of animal would leave prints like that?”

“Let’s follow them and see where they lead! Then we will know what made the tracks! It will be an adventure!” Percy loves adventures.

“That sounds fun! I think we should be quiet though. If we rush through and make a bunch of noise we will scare whatever it is.” Penny knew how loud Percy could be when he was excited.

They start off, making sure to step quietly. The tracks lead them down the path then turn into the briar patch. They turn and make their way through, careful to not get stuck on the sharp thorns. Finally they make it through to a small clearing and immediately hear birds chirping. There are many different types of birds living in the briars.

“Birds!” they both exclaim. The birds are startled and rush to hide deep in the briars. “Oh, I didn’t mean to scare them.” Penny feels bad. “Don’t worry. They will come back soon.” Percy has chased birds before. He knows he shouldn’t but it is fun to see them fly.

“We solved the mystery! They were bird prints in the snow. Let’s look around and see if we can find anymore animal prints!” Off they go to have more winter fun!

What type of animal prints do you see where you live?

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