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Message 1937543 - Posted: 28 May 2018, 23:45:07 UTC - in response to Message 1937510.  

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Message 1937603 - Posted: 29 May 2018, 11:56:59 UTC

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Message 1937833 - Posted: 31 May 2018, 17:55:04 UTC

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Message 1937897 - Posted: 1 Jun 2018, 9:17:48 UTC

LMFAO!

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Message 1938009 - Posted: 2 Jun 2018, 4:29:59 UTC

A mother skunk and two rather well grown babies stopped by this afternoon to eat seeds that had fallen out of the bird feeder. Usually skunks don't come out during the day, but the mama was obviously nursing and I'm guessing rather hungry. Tonight she came back, but with three babies this evening. Very cute!

Sue, your godson Sampson also stopped by this evening. He is growing rapidly.
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Message 1938057 - Posted: 2 Jun 2018, 19:37:44 UTC - in response to Message 1937897.  

LMFAO!

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Message 1938058 - Posted: 2 Jun 2018, 19:38:22 UTC - in response to Message 1938009.  

Sue, your godson Sampson also stopped by this evening. He is growing rapidly.

Give him a kiss for me! (LOL)
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Message 1939000 - Posted: 10 Jun 2018, 20:29:05 UTC

Found Angelas uber driver...



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Message 1939314 - Posted: 13 Jun 2018, 8:50:55 UTC

Live in a high rise & think you're safe from racoons?

Think again :-)
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Message 1939322 - Posted: 13 Jun 2018, 12:14:09 UTC

One's got to admire the little fella's grit and determination.
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Message 1939440 - Posted: 14 Jun 2018, 3:55:44 UTC - in response to Message 1939322.  

I'm glad he made it. :-)
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Message 1939459 - Posted: 14 Jun 2018, 9:57:59 UTC

Now how will he get down?

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Message 1939463 - Posted: 14 Jun 2018, 11:10:07 UTC

She was lured into a trap with cat food, and was released into an appropriate area. I bet the grass felt good on her feet.

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Message 1939478 - Posted: 14 Jun 2018, 13:19:50 UTC

Yeah, he's gotta be very happy that adventure is over.
And what a story to tell his raccoon brothers and sisters!
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Message 1939499 - Posted: 14 Jun 2018, 16:58:04 UTC

After all that climbing I bet the brave little fella was glad of some food!!!!
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Message 1939773 - Posted: 16 Jun 2018, 10:08:25 UTC

Yesterday I went to the park near me that has the tamest most voracious squirrels in the area, to see if they were still the same.

Yep they were.



Still as tame, sitting down to eat a few feet away.



Still as hungry.



"Please sir can I have some more"
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Message 1939934 - Posted: 17 Jun 2018, 8:03:43 UTC

A little critter story.

Now I live in a 2nd floor(3rd to those in the US) flat, sixties built concert floors. One door in.

So imagine my surprise back last December when one Sunday evening just as I was preparing my evening meal I thought I saw movement by the kitchen door. I decided it was probably the light.

However later that same evening as I prepared for bed I definitely saw the tiny grey shape streak across in front of me. I had a mouse.

So I brought a humane trap, started to check all the places I could think of but could find no sign of a mouse anywhere.

I set the trap, apparently the "old faithful" cheese is not the best bait, chocolate biscuits were recommended. However no luck, I tried different places no change.

I did not see or hear anything from December to May. I spend quite a lot of my evenings sitting at my PC, to my right is an old wooden bureau, on top of which sits my phone, router, NAS and an 8 port switch. So there I am when out of the corner of my eye I see movement, a little twitching nose appears followed by the rest of the mouse who then sits next to my router sniffing the air!! I shouted and it was gone in an instant, should have watched what it did and where it went. It was able to easily climb up due to all the wires down the back of the bureau. So another round of cleaning and hoovering (I admit to not moving the bureau to often as it is so heavy.

Still found no sign, re-baited the trap and put it in the living room. Nothing.

Then a couple of days ago while searching in a box I brought back form the Isle of Wight I found a "trail camera" I had brought to watch the wildlife in my dads garden and I had forgotten all about it. It is free standing has movement sensors and an infra red light and camera. So I set it up on the landing, just wondering if it would catch anything. First night nothing, second night sure enough s blurred shape that was definitely a mouse.

So yesterday I re-baited the trap with a few bits of Sainsburys Belgium chocolate cookies. I went to be earlier that usual and was just closing my eyes when I thought I heard a "click", now I have thought I heard a click many times before, however in case it was the trap I didn't want the mouse to be in it all night so I got up.



The infra red light making its eyes reflect, I had finally caught my mouse. I got up dressed and release it at the far end of my flats near the rubbish bins, it shot off into the shadows.

So now I just have to hope there are not more.

I still have no idea how it got here, my only thought is that it could have been in something I brought back from my dad's house as I know there were many field mice living in the rockery just outside the back door.

Note: seems mice prefer Sainsburys Belgium chocolate cookies to ordinary chocolate biscuits :-)
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Message 1940001 - Posted: 18 Jun 2018, 0:05:17 UTC

Mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime*. (No idea what the UK equivalent might be.)

Thank you for using a humane trap. <3



*Google says: The dime is the smallest in diameter and is the thinnest of all U.S. coins currently minted for circulation, being .705 inches (17.91 mm) in diameter and .053 inches (1.35 mm) in thickness.
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Message 1940044 - Posted: 18 Jun 2018, 7:55:05 UTC - in response to Message 1940001.  
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Mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime*. (No idea what the UK equivalent might be.)

Thank you for using a humane trap. <3



*Google says: The dime is the smallest in diameter and is the thinnest of all U.S. coins currently minted for circulation, being .705 inches (17.91 mm) in diameter and .053 inches (1.35 mm) in thickness.



That would be our 5 pence.




Loved by all :-0 (actually universally hated !!) I have a bag full of coins from my last visit to the USA so the comparison was easy.

As to humane traps, I remember a line from a radio play many many years ago "Creatures of the light that we are, do not bring darkness to others" and it sort of sums up my philosophy of life.

For instance having been badly stung by a wasp when a child I do not like them to this day, however if one gets into my flat I go out of my way to try and get it to leave rather than kill it.

It can't help being what it is.

PS. My camera caught a grey blur last night!! not a lot of definition but it seems like my Mus musculus either got back in or had friends!!
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Message 1940574 - Posted: 21 Jun 2018, 5:25:22 UTC
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Found Angelas uber driver...

LOL!!!

Loved the squirrel pics and the mouse story too!
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