Of all the so-called bad habits squirrels have that have caused them to be slandered as pests by humans, maybe the one that will get people the most upset is their tendency to dig up and devour gardens. It’s in the squirrel’s nature to forage for its own food, and heaven forbid they find their way into some lady’s precious birdfeeders. So plants with nuts and berries, as well as the seeds and bulbs that produce them, are a common target of hungry suburban squirrels.
As I don’t have a garden of my own, I’ve rarely got to capture this petty larceny on film before… but I did seven years ago when this cute fellow decided to check out what my neighbor decided to hide behind that black plastic barrier. Hey, you can’t blame the guy for being curious…. we snuck into all kinds of places we didn’t belong when we were kids, right?
My favorite part of this series, and one I didn’t notice myself until a commenter pointed it out, is that turtle lawn decoration! He’s keeping a watchful eye over the owner’s prized flower bed, and he’s going to put a stop to that squirrel’s nefarious deeds! He’s just going to be….. very……. slow……. in………. enforcing……….. justice.
Which it must have, because here’s a photo I took two months later….
Oh, and the turtle was apparently left behind when the new neighbor moved in four years ago, because it was still there in 2020!
Though it almost looks post-apocalyptic compared to the way the tidier neighbor had the yard looking…
LOL.. that is the anser to where have all that flowers gone…
At least the turtle soldier has not gone yet!
Squirrels are always welcome to forage in our gardens. Unless it’s those Red Devils who want to move in with us.
Aw, you love Mama red and you know it! Lord Dudley could use someone to chase around the house…
It’s likely that leaving the turtle was probably the most important item on the list of offer to purchase conditions. And Squirrel knew right away that in that human installed ring was where fresh dirt was to be found…
Squirrels probably think humans are dumb for marking where they bury their good things! Just makes it easier for them…
that is so true… I swear our squirrels watch us from the trees when we’re planting, because they are always in the fresh plot as soon as we’re back inside or sitting on the swing…
The turtle survived but the lamp didn’t……you win some you lose some. LOL
It’s like a tornado went through and just did damage randomly! At least the squirrel was OK…
Get your freaking squirrels out of my bird feeders.
Where do you see a bird feeder?
You have to be really creative to keep squirrels out. Look up Mission Impossible Squirrel on youtube 😉
The tortoise ran amok when the original owners moved out. The squirrel is innocent I tell you, innocent.
I would love to see a tortoise run amok in a slow motion montage of chaos…
It wouldn’t be so bad if they ate weed seeds, but noooooo..they have to go for expensive imported bulbs. 🙄
Making them no different from humans who generally find gourmet food to be tastier!
There’s a lot of truth to that observation!