Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Pop Goes The Weasel
I was sitting at my computer. It was fairly early in the morning. I decided to check the news before I began my day.
I keep my computer near the door that looks out into my back yard as well as the back yards of at least three neighbors. There is seldom much movement back there. I see birds hopping around. There is the occasional feral cat. Once in a while I will see a rabbit.
So as I sat here looking across the yards I saw a cat stealthily crossing a neighbor's yard. It moved from a shed to a propane tank.
As it moved I thought that moving that way made the cat look extremely long. Then I noticed that it had a rat's head!
Around here we see field mice an sometimes other very small rodents. I had mistaken a squirrel for a cat. Silly me.
Then I saw that it had a strange tail. It was nowhere near as fluffy as a squirrel's tail should be. Maybe it was a rat. But no, the tail was definitely not the skinny whip that rat's have.
I sat here in amazement. What on earth had I seen?
As I sat here contemplating and gathering my thoughts it came back. The animal retraced its steps. This time I paid more attention and saw it more clearly. It was a weasel!
Now I had never seen a weasel before at least not in real life in "the wild".
To make sure I saw what I thought I saw I did a search. There were a couple of other rodents that looked similar but they are found in other continents. It was definitely a weasel.
When I was telling my youngest grandson about seeing a real weasel my son was sitting next to him. My son said my grandson's eyes opened wide with interest. Does this mean I am a cool grandma?