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Squirrels And A Childhood Memory [Jun. 29th, 2019|12:14 pm]
Tony Grist
We have fallen into the habit of referring to our squirrels as "squwidgers". Is it just us or does everyone do it?

We have a lot of squirrels. They gather round the feeders at the front and back of the house. The most I've counted at any one time is eight. Or possibly nine- they move around so fast it's hard to keep track.

My brother-in-law once had a visiting squirrel he'd trained to take food from his hand. Ours aren't quite that tame, but they've been coming into the house. Yes, I know some people think of them as vermin but they're so graceful and pretty...

I saw Marlowe take a lolloping run at one of them the other day then pull up short. After all he might have actually caught it- and then he'd have been in uncharted territory.

Which reminds me of a fight I had with a slightly bigger boy when I was eight (it was a mass ruck between one class and another)- which, thanks to a cunning judo move I'd learned off the telly, ended with me on top, pinning him down. "Now what you going to do?" he asked good-humouredly- and I really didn't know. Hit him? Kill him? So I counted to three and let him go- then wandered away from the battleground feeling slightly foolish...
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2019-06-29 12:10 pm (UTC)
Sensible cat, Marlowe. My sister's Jack Russell terrier once caught a squirrel, and ended up at the vet's with a nasty squirrel bite (most embarassing for a terrier - he never lived it down).

"Rats with PR" or not - squirrels are very entertaining creatures.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-29 02:51 pm (UTC)
I'm very fond of them.
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[User Picture]From: akalablossom
2019-06-29 12:29 pm (UTC)
Our squirrels have a death wish.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-29 02:52 pm (UTC)
Do you have animals that want to eat them?
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[User Picture]From: akalablossom
2019-06-29 11:51 pm (UTC)
Noo... they just dart in the middle of the roads like crackheads. :p
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-30 07:45 am (UTC)
Fools!

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[User Picture]From: akalablossom
2019-06-30 11:42 am (UTC)
They are dumb as posts! What can I say?!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-30 11:58 am (UTC)
But it's not just squirrels. No wild animal seems to have evolved to have any road sense. You'd think they might have done. Cars have been around for well over 100 years and that represents a huge number of generations for squirrels, rabbits, pigeons, foxes etc etc...
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[User Picture]From: akalablossom
2019-06-30 10:36 pm (UTC)
True dat.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2019-06-29 01:53 pm (UTC)
My dear friend Susie is a big fan of squirrels. I refer to them as rats with pretty tails. The kitty does NOT need to tangle with one of them. I don't like them, here they are very destructive.

However, when I was younger there was a baby squirrel that came to the yard and eventually I taught it to eat from my hand. I wonder what happened to it...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-29 02:53 pm (UTC)
Our cats know better than to meddle. Marlowe likes watching them- just as I do.

I've no idea what a squirrel's life expectancy is, but not long I should think.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2019-06-29 04:46 pm (UTC)
If we're feeling whimsical, we call them "squiggles".

I enjoy watching their antics on the neighbour's bird feeders.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-30 07:46 am (UTC)
The sqwidgers thing attracted an email from some wag in New York who clearly thought I was too whimsical to live.

Edited at 2019-06-30 07:46 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-06-29 10:17 pm (UTC)

I miss squirrels...we don't have them here at all. They are pests though.


Cats know not to tangle with a squirrel usually. Squirrels are very fierce fighters and biters.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-30 07:50 am (UTC)
No squirrels? Well I never.

Our grey squirrels are non-native- imported from America. Our native red squirrels are rare- and can only be found in certain protected locations.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2019-06-30 10:53 am (UTC)
Marlowe is a cool cat.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-30 11:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, he was probably a New Orleans jazz musician in a former life.
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