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Saturday, 15 April 2017

Stand Off

As I ate my breakfast this morning, gazing out the kitchen window at the newly solidified morning light, I watched a black squirrel drop from the wires into the neighbours maple tree.  As it made it's way down the trunk something caused it to stop, creep around to the other side and peek around, then back up the trunk to the lower branches.  Its tail was swirling and twitching and I could hear his plaintive cries through the closed windows.  What on earth was out there to upset it?  Rising from my chair I saw a rabbit on the lawn below the tree.  A rabbit?  The squirrel was afraid of a rabbit?   Bunny had to be aware of the squirrel with all that racket going on but it sat there lost in contemplation of something and totally ignoring the little scamp.  The complaining and travelling up and down the trunk carried on throughout my oatmeal.  Squirrels are not smart.  It could have gone back up the tree, regained the wire and continued on its way but all it knew was that it wanted to go down the tree and it couldn't.  Finally, taking pity on the squirrel I opened the front door and slammed it shut.  The rabbit moved a couple of feet and resumed meditation.  The stand off continues.

9 comments:

  1. This seems an awful lot like a couple of our current international situations. The squirrel could just go back up the tree, but... it's a squirrel.

    I wish you the best in brokering a deal.

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  2. Are you sure there wasn't something gliding overhead with talons? Maybe it was the rabbit that attacked Jimmy Carter.

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    1. It was the evil bunny from Hell...it knew exactly what it was doing.

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  3. I'm going to go out on a limb here (heh) and say the squirrel was just being a squirrel - opinionated and stubborn as heck. They're actually pretty smart critters, and he probably thought he could just MAKE THE RABBIT MOVE if he hollered loud enough. Interesting situation!

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    1. Eventually the rabbit hopped off and the squirrel came down.

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  4. Obviously the squirrel had seen the Monty Python movie, and wasn't ready to find the Holy Grail.

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  5. Oh that poor squirrel, if only he knew enough to try a different tree.

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