Monday, September 26, 2005

The Squirrels from Gehennom

All right. I know they're squirrels. I understand this. I understand that they are (sort of) wild animals who are foraging for food in an urban landscape. And so while I was, to put it mildly, put out by the challah-roll-in-stroller-canopy incident, I understood. Kind of.

But this was totally gratuitous.

Yesterday, I came down to the stroller to find what looked weirdly like blue confetti sprinkled all over the seat. Closer inspection revealed that the seatbelt buckle was actually chewed off. Completely. No possible way to use stroller seatbelt.

Now, what was the point of that? There was no food on the seatbelt buckle. There was not, to the best of my knowledge, any food inside the seatbelt buckle, unless Graco has taken to hiding challah inside their molded plastic.

There's no other explanation for it. It was sheer squirrelly malice.


Jasmin said...

I think it's probably some variation of squirrel hazing rituals.


Deborah said...

Jay and I think it is time for rat traps baited with most anything, or poison if you do not want to deal with a carcass (they run away and die elsewhere).

Jay also thought the seat belt probably tasted salty (or something)to the squirrel, from hands being on it.

Uberimma said...

I would if I thought it would do a bit of good. But it won't. There's already rat poison all over the alley behind our house, put out by the city to control the actual rats. Fortunately, that seems to be having some effect, since I don't often see rats--but the ten thousand squirrels that are all competing with each other for my tasty stroller seem unperturbed. I think it's time for plastic explosives, but I understand I could get in some degree of trouble with that.