Petunia

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat else could it possibly be with a name like ‘Petunia’? Yes – the Meadow has attracted yet another little critter. Over the past week Petunia has been becoming more and more comfortable hanging out with the chipmunks, the squirrels, the birds … and even the humans!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABoth Ede and I have come upon her quite unexpectedly … not a good way to meet up with a skunk. However, this little one seemed to be odour free (as of yet) and not super keen to change that.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe knew that we would need to move her along … at some point … and  perhaps sooner when she was still curious and not easily frightened was best. So … out came the thinking caps.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhile I was in Kingston running some errands Ede came up with an idea. Perhaps wrapping the live trap with something non-porous would be worth a try …
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShe made a cat food and bread sandwich, set the trap and came inside. Petunia must have been watching the whole time – as she scooted right in to be the first to get the treat! Now Ede had to face “Step 2” …

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACan you sneak up on a little skunk and wrap the open end of the trap without getting sprayed? Just in case she changed into clothes that she could easily afford to toss … and faced the challenge. It turned out that Petunia was not the least bit perturbed and was still busy enjoying her sandwich the whole time Ede sealed up her traveling box!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo … although she was mighty cute to watch … and added a few extra sessions of raised heartbeats to the day … Petunia has now gone to wilder quarters where she can dig grubs and eat wild seeds to her heart’s content … without meddling humans to interfere. Safe travels Petunia!

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