Hey, I know I am late passing on my appreciation to the little tree rats, but did you guys know we had Squirrel Appreciation Day last week. I knew on Saturday, January 21st but as usual, there was a post up I did not want to pass on. So, with great honor, I pledge to appreciate squirrels and let them have their way in my garden.
After all, I have every city squirrel paying a visit during the course of the day. It used to be only Gaylord and Gilbert, but that really did not last long. At one time, the garden may host more than twenty squirrels.
What I do find amazing about squirrels is how they have adapted to our way of life. As I mentioned, National Squirrel Appreciation Day is on January 21st each year, but so is National Hug Day. Make sure you keep your appreciation at a distance from the tree rats. They can give a nasty bite.
The squirrels scampering about are chewing, gnawing little rodents, but in prettier attire. They are cute, animated, athletic, and a hoot to watch. I actually do like the fur balls, but do take issue with them around bulb planting time. The rest of the year they really are OK.
Did you know there are over 300 species of squirrel and they inhabit almost every major ecosystem? There is a teeny one in Africa barely over 2 inches long and one in India over three feet long. They are fast little buggers too, with them being clocked at over 20 mph. And boy can they leap. Flying squirrels ‘leap’ or glide actually, around half a football field in length.
Those Gray Squirrels that made their way from America to the UK are being hunted there. They are not very welcome because they are displacing the native red squirrels. But here, we have a day to appreciate squirrels, (which I think is rather bizarre), so I guess we are obligated to do so.
Keep the Rats to Yourselves
Want to hear something even stranger than appreciating squirrels? In the District of Columbia, pest control companies are required to round up rats rather than kill them, according to Rush Limbaugh, radio host. Not only do they have to live capture them, they are supposed to round up all the rat family members too and relocate them as families. In addition, he said on his program last week, the exterminators are taking them across the Potomac into Virginia to set them free. Well, I am not sure of the truth to this so I went looking for more info.
I found an article saying that Virginia and Maryland are telling DC to keep the rats to themselves. The law is Washington’s Wildlife Protection Act of 2010. Maryland is countering by introducing the Rat Trafficking Act to block the relocation of any rats to their state.
“This insane law obviously places Maryland and Virginia at risk for an invasion of out-of-state rodents,” the release said. “We must protect our borders,” as reported by The Examiner. Seriously folks, our borders, is this not a little dramatic? I agree, no new rats, but this issue is insane. Rat image by source. Not quite as cute as my pictured rodents, huh?
Mary Cheh, the Washington councilwoman who sponsored the Wildlife Protection Act of 2010, says rats are exempt from this law, but from all the nasty emails that is reported she has been receiving, it seems no one is believing her. Now does this not take the cake? We are getting pretty strange in this country with crazy laws and days honoring the dumbest of things. And that includes National Hug Day too!