The Daily Bruin

A Wild Home

by Lindsay Weinberg


Yarnell Street seems like any other suburban neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley.


The east side of the Sylmar, California, road features two one-story homes – a blue-trimmed white house with a minivan out front and an orange house with a hedge and American flag.


But on the west side of the street, behind a clay-colored fence, wild animals thrive in their oasis.


The fence leads down a dirt driveway lined with silver olive trees, whose black fruits lie smashed at our feet, pits oozing out of the skin. At the end of the drive, a plastic iguana sits on an old tree trunk, foreshadowing the critters to come.


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