Musings on music, sports, life in general from Quincy, Illinois.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Rodent and Squirrel Control
So this afternoon after another day of chronicling misery, I take the girls to Woodland for a long walk.
We park at the main entrance, go south to the Mausoleum, head behind the Civil War monument, walk up the path from the City Vault, head to the far north end.
Bella and Lucy then get excited by the Sarah Denman grave. They corner a squirrel, and it momentarily escapes by jumping on top of a big tree stump.
Then, inexplicably, it makes a run for a nearby tree, and doesn't make it.
Bella and Lucy, of course, have a ball playing with the petrified animal, tossing it in the air and shaking it in their mouths.
The poor thing gets away and starts climing up a tree, gets about four feet up, then freezes and does the classic horse ARRRRUMPH from Animal House.
And it drops dead on the spot, landing on the ground with a thud.
Yesterday they caught a mole at Woodland and really, that's a good thing, because moles rip up the ground and are disgusting animals.
I feel a little bit worse about the squirrel. Bella and Lucy are gentle and friendly around people, but get them around those small furry creatures and they go crazy.
Maybe we'll call the caretaker and ask him if he wants to hire Bella and Lucy as squirrel and rodent control officers.
P.S. no stuffed animals were harmed in the photo on top. Well, that's a lie. The stuffing was ripped out and strewn all over the place. But nature is cruel and that's the way it is.