A comical pair joined our wildlife menagery–Sam, the green apple stealing muskrat, and his better half, Sally. Sporting duck weed on their coats, the couple makes regular trips to the three trees in the back yard, so much so they have worn a trail from the pond to the trees. We call it “The Muskrat Slick.”
Sam and Sally both pilfer, but they shop one by one. Perhaps the other plays lookout, although they don’t seem too frightened of our presence on the patio. We watch their furtive approach and careful selection of just the right apple. You would think they would grab the nearest, but a good shopper knows his fruit.
Carrying their precious cargo in their teeth, they skitter back to the pond on short little legs, the long tail trailing behind. Like chipmunks, they are storing the fruit for winter. Wildlife comes and goes at Farm Grove; we have little control over it. But these two characters are fun to watch, and they help clean up the yard. We all must do our share.