Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Squirrels Of Maple Avenue

The squirrels are very active in our neighborhood right now. Causing trouble, as usual. Stealing food from birds, making drivers swerve dangerously, getting into attics, etc. They chew through electrical lines a lot around here. So why don’t we ever see electrocuted squirrels lying around? We certainly see them smashed on the road. When trying to avoid traffic, they take the standard squirrel zigzag maneuver, which gets them killed much more often than cats, who use the straight dash and run tactic. And what’s up with the nut burying? They bury nuts constantly, but has anyone ever seen a squirrel dig one up? I think their little squirrel brains forget the buried nuts. I’d be interested to know if any of you have ever seen a squirrel digging up a buried nut. I bet not. We once had a squirrel fall off our roof and get stuck in the downspout. If you think they don’t make any sounds, you haven’t heard one that’s trapped. It woke us up early one morning before church. My husband had to go out with tools and take the downspout apart to free the squirrel. There are more than 200 species of squirrels, which live all over the world. Except Australia. Go figure. I think they don’t want competition from the kangaroos, which apparently are the squirrels of that country. I wonder who would win in a kangaroo-squirrel knock down fight. The squirrel would probably zigzag around the kangaroo till it became dizzy and collapsed. The tiniest squirrel is the African Pygmy (5 inches) and the largest is the Indian Giant Squirrel, measuring at three feet. They are my last two pictures. When you think of Noah’s Ark, I bet a squirrel doesn’t come to mind. Yet I imagine they were there. Causing mischief as usual. They don’t miss out on anything. I can picture them on that huge boat, scampering around the bigger animals legs, zigzagging everywhere, and causing mayhem. The Bible has nothing to say about squirrels. Probably because there were no cars or power lines back then. But this fall, I appreciate and salute the squirrels. They are tenacious, clever, and resourceful. They have truly conquered the world one nut at a time.


Sandra said...

i like the Purple squirrel, he looks purple anyway and the acrobat hanging upside down theiving squirrel.
they are fun to watch, but I sit in my swing and fantizize blasting them to never never land. i would never hurt one, but if I had a magic wand I would vanish them to squirrel heaven. they destroy our avacados, ruin the ruby red grapefruit. they don't eat a whole one, they put holes in hundreds of them and ruin them. they torment my dogs to the point of destraction sitting just out of reach and chattering. love the story, great job. i do have seveal hundred pictures of them, even though i would like to banish, vanish them

SquirrelQueen said...

I love the photos, squirrels can be the little clowns of the animal world. I love the last line of your post, "conquered the world one nut at a time."

I saw your reference to this post at Sandra's.

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