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…