Tuesday, March 10, 2009

COT Shrew Trouble

Last week I saw a tiny sharp face peering at me from the stairs. For a moment I thought it was a rat. then I saw the tail and realised it was one of the neighbourhood squirrels. It's one thing having these little things outside, but inside is different. I was hoping our intruder would walk down the stairs and out of the front door. But oh no, it headed for the kitchen. I ended up opening all the windows before persuading him to be on his way.

The next day Target went for a snack. He came back seconds later with huge eyes to tell me that someone was eating his food. When I went with him, I saw this:

Then this:

Target was terrified. And our intruder was terrified too! I put Target on the bed, opened up the bathroom window, looped back the luxaflex and thought that would be enough to show our unwanted guest the way out.

But oh, no! The squirrel was terrified. It took him 15 minutes to get the idea that an open window means an exit.

We see these little visitors all the time. They rush around like maniacs but our cats don't bother them much. If one whizzes past, Au and Target will chase it. But if it stops, the cats ignore it.

I thought my cats were just lazy (or finally listening to my speeches about the need for peaceful coexistance!) or that these little rats with tails smell bad. But the strays we feed don't bother them either. And those cats will skin a rat before you can say, "dinner time."

Our squirrels are so blase about the neighbourhood fuzzies that they steal the cat biscuits we put out at the back for the stray girls. We can hear their loud sucking noises the second we close the back door.

I was talking to Sharon about our visitor when she put me straight. We dont' have squirrels, we've got Tree Shrews, called Tupai in Malay. When she told me these animals are well known to be exceptionally intelligent, all I could say was that our visitor was pretty thick.

But then Sharon pointed out that tupai are wellknown drunks. They're such notorious piss artists that they have their own YouTube shows. That of course is different. I rushed home immediately and checked the booze cupboard. The vodka was untouched.

Luckily the drunken tupai are the pen tailed tupai. Clearly we have the Common Malaysian Tupai visiting us. As you can see, he's got a bushy tail, not a quil-like one.

Pen tailed tupai:

Common Malaysian tupai:

He's welcome to pop in for cat biscuits. But if he pinches my vodka, there's going to be trouble!

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Gemini and Ichiro said...

I think I would have been afraid as well.

Anonymous said...

haha these are definitely the ones in the house-garden as well. but they are smart! they play with the cats all the time and always manage to escape in the nick of time.

Ydiana said...

Hey, I think they look cute, at least from afar! I always see them around when I was in Subnag Jaya. Never had them as indoor visitors before...they'd be lunch before they can say goodbye, I think!?

Luna und Luzie said...

I´ve never seen that before. Poor little thing. It´s cute but I think I don´t want that in my house running around too.
Olli surely would be excited by that!

Anya said...

What a nice story.
But sometimes a little scary and sad for that animal :(
Are you not a little scared.
I would have been LOL
Greetz Anya & Kareltje ( we have a cat fun blog) You are welkom :))

Anya said...

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Tot gauw (@^.^@)

Gattina said...

Oh ! what a cute visitor ! I wish that would happen here too, but we don't have a lot of squirrels here and they are smaller and red ! I remember when Pookie still lived in London she ate with a squirrel together in the garden ! Apparently squirrels are not considered as food like mice.

Unknown said...

My household would have been freaking out! We lost most of our trees in a hurricane, so we don't get many squirrels anymore. Especially ones who drink lol! Great post, Happy Tuesday. :)

bibliobibuli said...

it's nice to see the little chap

i am very fond of these guys and leave them bananas when i have some going soft.

but they are so good at opening cupboards and containers, so they often help themselves

Tricia said...

We had a typical grey squirrel in our house once when I was about 6 or 7. Our cat Vickie took off after that thing like her life depended on it. My parents tried to direct it out open doors and windows to no avail. It eventually escaped Vickie by running down the heat vent. I'm betting he wished he used the door.

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Lux said...

Omigoodness - I've seen lizards but no squirrels inside! Glad everything turned out okay ...

Anonymous said...

This is a fascinating post! And I thought we had troubles with mice in winter! I'll never complain again!

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Anya said...

And you still have problems with the squirrel LOL ..... has he visited you again HEHE sorry thats not funny :)))))))) I would been soooooooooooooooo afraid :(

Obsidian Kitten said...

What a funny little visitor! I don't think my cats would know what to do with him either...lol

Kitikata-san said...

What an interestiing guest to your home! Glad he decided to exit through the window!

~CovertOperations78~ said...

Oooh, great shots! You snapped em just in time! Poor tupai must have been scared out of his wits, poor little mite! LOL @ Target being scared of an itsy bitsy thing like that! Cats are funny, aren't they? Pixie's scared of the CatIt self-scratch pad and won't go near it. Tsk. The things they are afraid of!

LOL, the tupai may not pinch your vodka, but I might!