Monday, August 9, 2010

Smokey


Smokey, 2010

The mystery has been solved! Smokey, the black squirrel we watch from our side porch everyday, is a female, and apparently, a mama to boot. I'll be honest, I'm more than a little fascinated by this eastern grey squirrel subgroup. You hardly ever see them, and when you do spot one, it's all: Look! A black squirrel!
Anyway, pretty much about the same time every afternoon, around 3pm, Smokey lopes through the neighbor's yard, crosses the street, and goes up a maple tree to munch on seed pods. Bela, MK, and I watch these goings on utterly transfixed. My ultimate goal, and evil plan, is to find Smokey's nest and spirit away one of her kits (pups?) and keep it as a pet. I have it all figured out. We'll reconstruct our entire house to make it squirrel friendly, like one giant habitrail for squirrel pleasure. We, or just I, will study the squirrel to learn the intricate minutiae of squirrel behavior. I will be like the Jane Goodall of squirrels! My squirrel work will be the subject of intense scrutiny by academics the world over! And not just psychiatrists, either!
Yes, I can see it now. We'll start off with one squirrel, but we'll soon gather more squirrels, until our home is like a hive, or hot bed, of squirrel activity. I know that after we have a few dozen squirrels MK's stance on 'no squirrels in the house' will soften and she'll see things my way. Especially after The Journal of Squirrel Inquiry publishes my as yet unknown findings.
Dream big, I always say, when I'm awake.
Seriously though, in theory, I would love to have a pet squirrel. It's the 'in practice' part that mucks things up!

5 comments:

Sora Ryu said...

I saw a black squirrel once in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn

jennifer from pittsburgh said...

During colonial times they used to be common.

Sora Ryu said...

ah, I hope they're not endangered.

jennifer from pittsburgh said...

Nope, not endangered at all :) It's just that when the massive virgin forest was cut down (a forest often referred to as impenetrable because of how dense the canopy was, allowing very little light through), the black furred squirrels became more exposed. Where once they hid effectively in the shadows of the endless forest, they became obvious in the light, and an easy target for predators.

Sora Ryu said...

oh I see. that's good to hear :)