Red Squirrel

These little Red Squirrels and I have a love/hate relationship. They are adorable and most of the time I love them.  However – when one of them finds its way into the walls of my house, I am not thrilled.  I never get to the point of hating them, but I really don’t like them in there.

I bought myself a humane squirrel trap several years ago and over the years have had to use it about 3 times to remove one or more of the little guys.  I think I moved at least 3 each year I used it and would re-locate them in one of two locations.  One spot was at Assiniboine Park, where there are acres of green space for them.  The other spot was at a park on Assiniboine and Main, where again, there was lots of green space – although nowhere near as much as Assiniboine Park.  The park downtown was just so much closer and had both the rivers in between us and their new location.  One time I was just heading out the door to work when one was trapped and the closer location was the only place I could get him and still get to work almost on time.  Normally, I would disarm it as I was leaving so nothing could get caught if I couldn’t be there to release him right away.

Anyway, I hope talking about this isn’t going to get them back in the house, since its been a few years since I have had to trap one.

The other day, I was taking some pictures downtown when a little Red  Squirrel posed for a couple of pictures for me.

Red Squirrel June 30
Red Squirrel June 30
Red Squirrel June 30
Red Squirrel June 30
Red Squirrel June 30
Red Squirrel June 30
Red Squirrel June 30
Red Squirrel June 30

It is possible that this is a descendant of one that I released not too far from this location.  It might even be one of the ones I moved downtown.

The hot weather continues here and now the risk of thunderstorms is getting high.   I am so grateful to have air conditioning.

Although yesterday was Canada Day, today is the official holiday for Canada Day.  I’m not sure when this happened, but the legislature decided that Canada Day can no longer be celebrated on Sunday.  If it falls on Sunday, we now celebrate on Monday.  Everyone who worked Monday to  Friday have always had the Monday off anyway, so it seems strange to say that the 1st is not a holiday if it lands on a  Sunday.  So people who work on Sundays (like me) have to work a regular shift on Canada Day now.  But – I survived it.

The fireworks were on Sunday, all regular Canada Day events were on Sunday – but it wasn’t a holiday.  I watched some of the fireworks at the Forks from one of the upstairs windows.  I could only see the ones that got up high enough to show over the neighbour’s place, but that was quite a bit.  I could have gone outside and just to the end of the block and seen much more, but I didn’t.

So far on Africam today, we have seen Nyala, Side-striped Skink, Elephant, Warthog, Wildebeest, Impala, Bushbuck, Waterbuck, Gymnogene, Wooly-necked Stork, Zebra, Cape Turtle Dove, Banded Mongoose, Baboons, Egyptian Geese, Common Duiker, Grey Heron, Blacksmith Lapwing, Black Eagle with chick and Salome the Cheetah with her cubs.  Click here to see all of today’s pictures.

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