|Spunky's pregnant again!|
|Tubby with avocado on her face|
Tubby was always pregnant. I know squirrels are only supposed to get pregnant twice a year, but Tubby and Spunky seemed to be breaking
records. Both squirrels had some things in common: both had names, both acted like pets and came when called, both ate anything offered to them, both had longevity, both were having babies constantly.
Spunky has had so many litters that I've long since lost count! I believe she may be largely responsible for the recent predominance of black squirrels in the area. When I first started squirreling there was a majority of gray squirrels in this little corner of PCV. Of course they do interbreed and are really the same squirrel, just a different color they say, but it's always seemed to me that the blacks and browns tend to be shyer, while the grays are less fearful and will often act in a more aggressive manner. These are just my observations.
Spunky must be a great-great-great-great-great-grandmother by now. She commands respect in the squirrel community. No squirrel ever messes with Spunky, and she has her own tree from which to dominate the scene. This tree has the best digs-- a den that looks ideal for raising babies.
|A Maitake mushroom growing outside the entrance |
to Spunky's den
Spunky was eating up a storm today, scarfing down the peanuts, which I'm sure tasted like sirloin steak to her. I'm always amazed by how much squirrels love peanuts. And they say not to give squirrels peanuts! Are they kidding? Of course the other squirrels were very excited when they saw the big bag of peanuts, and they also gathered around, but only Spunky got to sit on the bench next to me.
|This is good|
|I promise I'll clean up later!|
|One of Spunky's young stealthily approaches the cart|