🐿Turnabout is Fair Play!🐀
🌻By Edith Morgan🌻
We humans have pretty much invaded and taken over most animals’ habitats. Many species just gave up the ghost before the advancing human hordes. They gradually died out, or moved, until there was nowhere else to go.
But there are the survivors … They have adapted beautifully and are thriving in the city surroundings.
My best friends have a big yard, and work very hard to raise fresh vegetables and herbs which they consume and also share. I have enjoyed many a bag full of tomatoes, cukes and even plums and peaches, until their trees gave out.
But this year they are having to share their garden with some unwelcome visitors: the one or two rabbits that used to visit them in years past have done what rabbits are so well known for: they have multiplied and were eating to the ground every bit of green they could find.
In desperation, our friends erected a high mesh fence around their second planting, figuring the rabbits could not get over or under that. But word must have gotten out in the animal world, because, while the fence seems to have slowed down the rabbits, it seems to have been less of a deterrent to the chipmunks, who can squeeze through most any opening. And to add insult to injury, a ground hog found its way to their garden, requiring a much bigger “have-a-heart “ cage to be transported far away to a new home in a park.
I have been lucky so far this summer. I do fed the squirrels daily, and I notice now that there are bids also eating the peanut-bread treats I put out. But so far they have left my newly constructed garden alone. I feel we have a deal: I feed them beside the porch, and they leave my tomatoes, peppersand herbs alone.
I don’t have a problem sharing my food with wildlife; after all, we invaded the animals’ territory. It only seems fair to let them return and get a little of their own back!