Sunday, May 24, 2009

Indoor Chipmunks

I like telling you all about my wonderful adventures as an owner of indoor/outdoor cats while living in the country. There have been many a morning when I have walked into the bathroom half asleep only to come wide awake when I stepped on the remains of some animal one of the cats had as a midnight snack. Then there are the nights I've been woken up by the death throws of a small mammal or a bird flying around my house. Yes, it's all very exciting.

This morning, as I was grabbing my shoes in preparation for leaving for church, I noticed my cats all focusing on my bedroom window. Then I heard it...the sound of a small animal on my windowsill. I pulled back the curtain to see a chipmunk racing back and forth on the sill. I grabbed my leather animal catching gloves (I was bit by a shrew before) and went to catch the intruder.

With the "help" of Cullen, the shrew ran around the bedroom, through the laundry room and into the kitchen. Then it ran back into the laundry room and through the cat door.

Just another exciting and adventurous morning.

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1 comment:

Clever Elsie said...

For some reason this reminded me of an incident I hadn't thought about in a long time. When I was young and growing up in semi-rural NY State, my dog cornered a baby rabbit under a pine. I rescued the rabbit but wasn't sure where to put it that was safe from the dog, so I ended up taking it inside the house and spending the day with it. It was so young, it didn't really know to be afraid.

When my mother found out what I'd done, she was none too pleased. I was in tears when she broke it to me that the mama rabbit would probably reject her baby now that it had been tainted by the smell of humans, but she wouldn't let me keep it. We ended up releasing the rabbit in an undeveloped area nearby. I don't know if it was old enough to survive on its own. I went back the next day to see if it was still there, but it was gone, so I hope it found itself a burrow. I like to think it did.