Hidden Camera Catches Wild Animals Sharing Backyard Water Fountain

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Wild Animals Backyard Fountain
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After seeing various wild animals visit her Vista, California backyard, Jennifer George set up a hidden camera in 2019 to capture a unique view of the sunshine state's wildlife. The idea came to her after watching a family of coyote pups walking through her property on a hot summer day.

"It started with just a metal bowl of water," Jennifer told The Dodo. "We thought that would be a harmless way to get [the animals] in front of the camera...Animals started showing up, and I wanted to improve the accommodations for them and bought a bigger bowl and a solar fountain," she continued.

The fountain soon became a wildlife gathering site. Before she knew it, throughout the day and night, all kinds of animals, such as wolves, coyotes, skunks, possums, vultures, and various other bird species, became regular visitors. "The birds particularly like the moving water, especially hummingbirds," George gushed.

 "I do think they appreciate it; it must be a nice way to cool off," the nature lover shared. Watching animals coexist at the artificial watering hole from a safe distance, Jennifer observed many species taking turns at her fountain. Since her small experiment began, George has seen some wild dogs looking healthier than others.

California Animals Backyard Fountain
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"We've seen a couple of coyotes with bad cases of mange due to secondary poisoning from eating rats who ate poison in traps," she explained. Thus, Jennifer encourages people to "Think twice about using those traps." George took her idea further when she saw how much help she had provided to animals in the hot summer weather.

The hidden camera owner has since partnered with the Wildlife Care of Southern California, an organization that helps any coyotes suffering in the wild. We couldn't be more excited to see the arrangement of animals who have visited George's backyard, and we have to admit, we're a bit jealous of her close-up view!

Along with her Instagram, Jennifer keeps her TikTok account, AnimalsThirstTrap, updated with the arrangement of wild animals that visit her yard for a sip or two. So while pesky wolves may steal her fountain pumps, birds cool off their feet, and animals of all kinds enjoy the H2O, George keeps fans updated with amazing footage.