I opened one eye to behold a black squirrel chewing on something atop a nearby fence rail. He was really going at it. Walnut? Piece of an old birdhouse? I wasn't sure, but I knew I wanted him to stop so I removed a sandal and tossed it at the fence. The squirrel disappeared, leaving the object of its desire - and ferocious gnawing - behind.
["Where did he get this," I wondered]
["The teeth marks resemble those
on one of my birdhouses"]
Do squirrels have to gnaw to keep their teeth from growing too long? Is that why they'll occasionally destroy the entrance to a birdhouse? Should I throw them a bone once in awhile to keep them away from my birdhouses, or worse, from the wiring in my attic?
["This is nothing compared to others I've seen"]
What say you?
Photos by GH
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