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Monsieur Squirrel
by Debra Shiveley Welch   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2007

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Observations of a bachelor squirrel

I had a particularly interesting job to accomplish today. I had to clean up the remains of a squirrel’s nest, which had fallen on to our tow path. Inhabited by a bachelor squirrel throughout the winter, its fragile form held up much better than I had predicted, in spite of its antiquity. It did, however, ultimately disintegrate, as witnessed by the pile of twigs and dead leaves, clumped upon the gravel of the path which encircles our lake.

I’m not surprised at his choice of “digs” for the winter. It had been my privilege to witness his attempt to take possession of a certain tree this last fall. Sitting at a window, which faces our front yard, I witnessed his “battle for ownership” of a particularly stately ash, which culminated in his ignominious ejection from said tree, ending in a resounding thump, as his body hit the ground, clearly heard in spite of the glass pane through which I peered. He fled with much chattering, which I can only guess, were I able to translate, offended any lady-like squirrels within hearing distance.

He is a handsome fellow. His tail is full and tipped with white, his ears are pert, his eyes large and bright. His pelt gleams with good health and is quite attractive. I can only imagine that this spring, he will reach his goal and woo a lady love, the ultimate end of course being that of becoming a patriarch. I wonder if he’ll rebuild where his flimsy shanty sheltered him throughout this rather wicked winter, or will he choose more stable environs? I find it intriguing as to what Monsieur Squirrel will do now.

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Reviewed by Marilyn Rice 2/19/2008
Debra,
I just loved hearing about Monsieur Squirrel. I wish he could meet my neighbor, Bob Tail Squirrel, who I just saw again this morning after returning from the grocery store. He shimmied half way up the tree and froze into place. I suppose he thought I'd buy his branch impersonation. *Laughing*. By the way, how does one tell the difference between a male and female? Just curious.
Thanks again for the write.
Marilyn
Reviewed by Linda Bergman-Althouse 8/26/2007
Debra, Squirrels are my favorite mammals to rehab. (Babies are quite wonderful, adults not so cooperative) I currently have a few fallen and mismatched infants to foster in my triage until release time. Thanks for noticing Monsieur Squirrel and taking the time to write about him. Enjoyed.
Linda Bergman-Althouse
author of "Save Them All"
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