Friday, November 6, 2009

Homeless Squirrel

Dear Mom,
Yesterday afternoon, I opened up the mini-barn to get out a rake.  I couldn't believe my eyes...there was an enormous cache of walnuts in the loft!  A squirrel tried to hide them inside a clay pigeon box, of all places.  I noticed when I was uploading the photo that the box says, "The ingestion of clay targets by livestock or pets may result in severe illness or death".  Alrighty then.

I carefully pulled the box down, all the while wondering if a squirrel would jump out at me.

The box was crammed full of walnuts.  No squirrel.  You know I am not fond of the red squirrels.  They are naughty and destructive.  They are fine if they stay away from my stuff.   The problem is, they are always getting into my stuff!  Look at what else the squirrel did.  He constructed a motel between the chain saw and the Havahart traps!

Needless to say, Mr. Squirrel has been evicted.   I baited the Havahart trap, but he has not returned.  (I could have relocated him to a park where he would have an endless supply of bird seed, compliments of the Hamilton County Parks Department.)  And so he remains homeless. And I don't feel one bit sorry for him.
Bonnie Jo


I'm gonna tell Mom! said...

That guy has been working hard! He was probably totally bummed out when he discovered his hideout and stash had been discovered and ransacked!!!

Bonnie Jo said...

Believe it or not, it only took him one day to do all of that!! I was just in the barn the day before and I spotted a red squirrel running around inside. I looked around for damage, but didn't see anything.

I'm gonna tell Mom! said...

He won't be homeless for long then!

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure where you are, but Indiana has the biggest red tree, squirrels I've ever seen! Was this one of those? Down on the coast we have a black one with a white stripe down its back. It IS a squirrel--really.
When we lived in TN, squirrels got into our attic and ate the noses off my Caroler dolls.
Squirrels don't make my list of "favorite critters."

Anonymous said...

When the kiddos and I woke up this morning in the tent, I looked up to see a red squirrel in the tree above us chirping, humming and making all kinds of odd sounds. Perhaps this is your buddy... still bitter about being evicted... and trying to decide if he should rebuild in our storage shed or our barn. I'll be keeping an eye out for him! ~ Suzy

Bonnie Jo said...

Merrilymarylee, yes it is an Indiana tree rat and they definitely are at the top of my list of naughtiest critters. Suzy, hopefully they will stay out of the trunk of your classic car this year!

happyruralgirl said...

When I was little my granpa and I would spend so much time watching squirrels in his backyard. They are pesky but wonderful to watch! We even had two who visited our house every day when we were kids. Until one bit PB off my brothers thumb, then we had to ship it to the forest out of town. Long story....but he should not have put his thumb out there!!

Christine said...

I love comical squirrels! We don't have red squirrels here, just grey squirrels. And no chipmunks. I love them too. When Brooke was in Germany, she took a bicycle tour with a group of Australians. They all jumped off their bikes and started taking photos of the squirrels and asked if the critters where foxes! Obviously, they don't have either squirrels or foxes Down Under. Or maybe they just aren't very bright. Love, Aunt Chris