August 15, 2011

Stop! Thief!!

SDP  8-15-11
We suspected a furry thief was on the loose when we discovered an unripe mango still hanging from the vine -- with distinct nibble marks around it. Someone had enjoyed a furtive fruity feast (which was a smidge annoying to learn since fresh mango plucked from a tree is such a delicious treat to this human). But, who was the thief? And, how did he possibly reach the mango? After all, the fruit in question was dangling high above the ground on a pencil thin vine. Who possessed the dexterity, the agility, and (perhaps most importantly) the sheer nerve to pull off such a daring feat? The answer arrived when, right in front of me, this squirrel scaled down the vine and streeeetched its itty bitty body as far as it could in order to sink its teeth into the juicy pulp. I could almost hear the 'Mission Impossible' theme music playing. Little dickens with a belly full of filched mango!

9 comments:

We are: clamco said...

This is a great shot because usually when they get the slightest inkling of your presence, squirrels will run off. I feel so bad about the ruined mangos. These little buggers steal our bird seed all the time. They are quite the acrobats, aren't they?

Jim Klenke said...

You did let him finish right? After all of that hard work.

Mimi McMi said...

We have those furry jesters at our house. They like to be just out of our dogs reach, running on the lanai's pool cage and laughing at our dog.

Jack said...

This is the definition of dexterity.

Steven said...

Very, very clever! You got to give him points for bravery and ingenuity!

Farmchick said...

A determined little animal!

missing moments said...

They can climb any and every thing!!!
Very creative critters! I've name them all in my back yard!

Birdman said...

He looks contented. Hey, dinner is easy.

kat said...

I feel your pain. Of course, we have no mangos growing on trees up here, but we do have nuts. And squirrels love the nuts. Walnuts, hazelnuts, you name it and they take it. It's not unusual for them to pluck the nut trees bare. Not a single nut left to be found! Amazing.