Two baby squirrels have been frolicking around my garden lately. They used to have a parent in tow, but now they appear solo.
Baby Squirrel 2
When I went outside and saw the little family on the grass, the parent would immediately run away to safety, while the kids just stared at me!
They still have a lot to learn about the ways of the world.
Baby Squirrel 3
My most recent encounter was when I walked round the side of the house to check on my honeysuckle. I turned the corner and spotted the two baby squirrels scratching around the bushes. We all instantly froze!
Baby Squirrel 4
Very slowly, I turned my back on them and took a step away then stood still. Next second one of the squirrels darted right in front of me, past my foot, headed for the relative safety of the bird bath. A moment later the second squirrel passed by me on my right, leaping along the grass in little bounds.
It wasn’t the safest escape route, but I guess they will learn in time.
post script: You can see from the last photo just how far away the tiny squirrel was. Also, he was sitting in the bright sunlight. Both these factors made it very hard for my little Canon camera to capture a clear shot, but hopefully you can see well enough.
On leaving the property I turned left and continued along the road to the end, so I could see clearly down all three roads before I crossed; checking for dogs.
At each road side I stopped and waited for you to sit, while I checked for traffic.
Once along the way I saw another dog across the road behaving badly; leaping in the air, circling the man, chewing on its lead. He was a massive dog that looked like a cross between a Ridgeback and a Boerboel and was way out of control. I instantly thought to check you, so you would not freak out.
But I look and you’re not there.
I first heard Cat Stevens sing this lovely song, How Can I Tell You, when I was a student. A housemate had the LP and I would play it often when they were all out. It doesn’t refer to someone you knew who is now gone, but rather to someone you never met, but the sentiment is the same.
Sparky the squirrel is getting very cheeky these days, scampering around my stoep, drinking out of the water bowls and having a little snack while hiding in the safety of the pot plants, next to Mr Bunny!