“A country is known by the way it treats its animals.”
I live in the middle of forest creatures. One really ticked me off today. I take that back… that is a bit too harsh. Let us say, it shocked me.
This morning I was meandering around the kitchen, attempting to get a hot cup of coffee into my body. I looked outside to the deck and notice something red on the bench. Hmm, what is that? Oh my, it’s the hummingbird feeder. Did it merely just fall down?
Upon further inspection, the hanger part is still intact on the hook swinging in the wind. It is however no longer attached to the feeder part. It is separated and now torn off the heavy rubber- coated wire by some very powerful hands…well, in this case paws.
I deduct from the position the hummingbird feeder was installed and hangs from a hook suspended in the air, so there is no way a raccoon or cat could get to it. The only way it is accessible is to stand on the bench and stretch up a good distance to reach it and then take it off the hook (as I do to fill or clean it). The feeder has been torn off the wire.
Therefore, it could have been only one culprit…a bear. Yep, I can only assume since Zen and I were gone until late, last night. It took a chance in our absence to pay a visit.
Last week two of my neighbor’s garbage cans were toppled over during the night and garbage strewn all over. One bag of garbage had been carried across the road to a vacant lot and ripped to shreds. They now keep their garbage cans inside the garage.
When we take our daily walks, we are beginning to see a lot more bear scat. It is that time of year, the bears have returned and they are hungry. I feel for them since they were here first and we are now the intruders in their home. We even take their blackberries. The neighborhood savors picking fresh blackberries (growing in a spot in the middle of the forest) that is destined to become cobbler and such.
I feel blessed to live where I do and I am reminded as in this case, we need to co-exist with the original neighbors. So one can only surrender and go with the flow.
This has never happened in the seven years I have lived here and my dilemma now is: do I reinstall the hummingbird feeder. We have local hummingbirds that stay around all winter. Guess I could take it in every night. This will require some thought. How about that cup of coffee now.
Stay safe out there.
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