Saturday, July 18, 2020

A Friendly Rodent

A squirrel under a tree
Squirrels are the most common furry quadrupeds we see in our neighborhood. (We also have snakes, but they have no legs or fur, and are disgusting.) Occasionally deer wander through the yard, eating our blueberries and corn. Sometimes we see chipmunks, running with their tails sticking up straight in the air, like the flags we had on our stingray bikes back in the 1970s. Rabbits show up now and then. They have nice ears, so that's fun, but they always seem nervous.

Squirrels always seem happy, sitting up, looking around alertly, or leaping from place to place as if there was nothing to fear. Unfortunately their care-free nature can reveal an underlying foolishness. On one occasion, I saw one happily leap into the street, into the path of an oncoming car (mine). A sad way to go for a happy guy.

The squirrels around here have a peculiar habit. When I am out for my morning walk/jog, I will see squirrels crouched in the road, sipping away at trickles of water emerging from cracks in the road. Why do they do that? Isn't there a better place to get a drink of water? Does it taste better coming from the road? Maybe they think it is from a mineral spring.