Ever chassed a red squirrel in the house? It took two adults with nets and a dog, but we got the ungrateful little bastard who has been breaking into the studio and raiding the seed.
I learned some things…..
Red squirrels are fast. Way faster than you’d think.
They are clever. Actually smarter than two old farts and a fat Labrador.
Red squirrels can climb up the back of the shelf that you think they have them trapped under and then jump straight at your face before landing on the other side of the room.
A fat Labrador Retriever can knock you on your ass. The red squirrel can then run back and fourth over your body while you try to get up.
They bounce like a superball. Off windows. Off walls. Once I swear, off the ceiling.
Nets mean nothing to them.
Getting them from a net into a cage for removal from the premise starts the whole process over again.
Once captured and contained, they use surprisingly filthy language. They also understand human anatomy and have a good grasp on your mother’s marital status at your birth.
If you hold the cage too close to you, they WILL pee on you.
Fat labs and old people run out of breath quickly and need to sit down before releasing said red squirrel. Some of us require a stiff drink.
Red squirrels, luckily cannot chew through a metal cage in the 6 miles to the release site. Though they will make valiant attempts.
Be ready when you get them to the woods and open that cage door, they will shoot out at about 68 miles an hour. Don’t point it at your face. Be prepared for more swearing. His and yours.
While we were at it. We took a bag of possums out to be released too. We never heard a peep out of them. They politely stayed in their bag till I poured them on the ground. They seemed grateful. Not one of them peed on me. There was no swearing or referral to my lineage.
I sure hope red squirrels aren’t good at finding their way home.