A Squirrel Tale

Each year at Halloween, we
place a real pumpkin on
the front step. When It first
started, I took the broom to
the front step to sweep the
seeds left behind by Mr. Squirrel.

Vowing to take charge, I purchased
a giant plastic pumpkin which had
an electric light inside. No sign of
Mr. Squirrel that year or in
subsequent years until this
year once more. A visit.

Seeds and a messy front
step again. Why our step?
Why just our pumpkin?
The other pumpkins in
the neighborhood were
left untouched annually.

My husband decided to
move the pumpkin with
the large hole to the
backyard where it
can be consumed and
the seeds left. Another visit.

What will we do next year?
Probably back to the plastic
pumpkin lit by a light bulb.
Upon close inspection, I
have noticed Mr. Squirrel’s
handiwork with real pumpkins.

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18 Responses to A Squirrel Tale

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    A wonderful documentary on your special squirrels’ passion for pumpkins, Mary Ann! I never knew until now that they eat pumpkins. Perhaps it’s the seeds they are after.

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    • Thank you, Peter. I loved the play on words with “tail” and “tale.” But the seeds? No . they leave them behind. Scroll down to the photo with an small hole and seeds all over our step. Now that they continue on the pumpkin, they eat the outer rind and go for the inside flesh. One day, I thought a cat was sitting on the pumpkin. When I ran for the iPad, I saw it was the squirrel. It’s funny to observe what is left of the original pumpkin. Enjoy the weekend and Advent season.

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  2. The great pumpkin mystery… 🙂 xo

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  3. Arno Bode, Cologne,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,
    eine schöne Geschichte zum Advent über die seltsame Verhaltensweise der Tierwelt .Zum Schmunzeln und zum Nachdenken. Dir und Deiner Familie viel Spass und eine schöne Adventszeit.
    Alles Liebe und Gute
    Dein Arno

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  4. Annika Perry says:

    Mary Ann, a cute squirrel causing such a pumpkin affray!! That pumpkin is well and truly eaten! 😀😀 Love the tale and photos … yep, I’d go for the plastic pumpkin next year as well … you could always leave a real one out on the grass as a snack for the squirrel. 😀

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    • Annika, I love your solution as well. Our daughter disliked the huge plastic pumpkin, but we use it annually to avoid the mess of seeds. Until the next snow, I will keep watch and see how much is actually consumed. Squirrel snack galore. Thanks for the nice comment. oxox

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  5. Arno Bode, Cologne,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,
    eine spezielle Übersetzung von Squirrel Tale ( Tail ) möchte ich Dir noch liefern:
    Bayrisch : Oachkatzlschwoaf
    Deutsch : Eichhörnchenschwanz
    ( ganz leicht auszusprechen )
    Liebe Grüße
    Dein Arno

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  6. balroop2013 says:

    I love that Intelligent squirrel and the way you have weaved his tale. I would still place a real pumpkin and watch him digging into it! 🙂

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  7. roninjax says:

    Maybe the squirrel thinks this is a special pumpkin for him or her each year. Maybe he can help spread the seeds in a garden area and see how they multiply? Interesting read. 🙂

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