Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Squirrel's Tale...

 ...underneath the sunflower seed feeder, the ground birds and animals rumage among the hulls for whole seeds. Squirrels, chipmunks, the voles that live beneath the deck and even possums and racoons at night can be seen...

...for the past week or so, we've noticed this squirrel; see how he's carrying--or dragging--his tail? He's hurt: either a fall or a run-in with a predator or grazed by a car. At first, he was literally dragging his leg as well. He was unable to hop, since he had no power from his rear legs. I figured him for a goner.

...but he keeps hoppling back to the feeder, even hassling other squirrels as they compete for food. I saw him today; he was wet and bedraggled with the rain we have now, but eating. He appears to be recovering the use of the leg; tail still drags.

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