Suddenly wanting to inspect my skylights
Friday May 21st 2021, 10:14 pm
Filed under: Family,Garden,Wildlife

I don’t know if it’s the sheep’s-rear-stinky wool wedged in the tree keeping the squirrels out or the sounds of squawking peregrine fledglings occasionally coming from my computer, if they can even hear that from outside. But whatever, something’s working and there’s still fruit on the trees.

Speaking of squirrels, I’ll mention it here for my mom, who’s not on Facebook: my cousin Jim reports that he and his family were watching a movie tonight when they heard a thud, scampering, and lots of squeaks. Everybody went running to see what on earth?

A squirrel (it wasn’t a very big one) had fallen through the skylight, the cat had chased it, and it had leaped for the nearest hiding place–which happened to be the toilet. Somebody had the presence of mind to whip out their phone and hit record for posterity. It was trying to get out, it was now trying to retreat and hide from them but wait let’s not drown, and the poor thing looked like a Mark Rober video reject.

They got a big thing of Tupperware and corralled it and Jim felt it shivering through the plastic. He got it outside, I’m sure shutting the door behind him first so it couldn’t dash back in, and tried to let it go.

It just stayed right there and kept shivering.

His daughter’s studying to be a nurse. They got some rags and bundled the poor soaked thing up and she confessed to petting it for about ten minutes to calm it down while offering it some cat food. Which it finally nibbled at.

At last it went off to go be a squirrel again at owl o’clock. Watch that curfew, kid.

Jim reports (not needing to mention the whole pandemic thing by way of context) that it was the most exciting Friday night they’d had in some time.

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You tease us with a story, but not even a still of said squirrel in the toilet!

I was babysitting when a squirrel came down the chimney. I managed to corral it in a den and shut the door, then called the police. The kids slept through the whole thing. (Their German Shepard was fairly calm, too …)

Comment by Anne 05.22.21 @ 1:02 am

Wow!!! Just reading about it was exciting!

Comment by Jayleen Hatmaker 05.22.21 @ 5:41 am

I agree with Anne. Really? Not a single photo?

Comment by twinsetellen 05.22.21 @ 5:05 pm

My goodness! Now that is unexpected.

Comment by ccr in MA 05.22.21 @ 6:00 pm

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