All wildlife great and small, deserves to be protected and respected. It is really easy to think of certain critters as less worthy or nuisance due to their behavior around our homes and businesses, but that is terrible thinking. This is a photo of one of my chipmunks from home- all named chippy... Every year they thwart my seed-starting efforts buy snipping off freshly sprouted plants and then leaving them to die. I do not know why they do this, it's just something they do. They also root around in my pots that have been freshly seeded, digging holes and burying the seeds too deep. For all of their mayhem the Chipmunks create, I couldn't imagine living here without them! They're funny, and I love to watch them!
Yesterday at the end of the day while I was at work, a chipmunk got stuck in some bird netting. He was so wrapped up in it he couldn't open his eyes. He had been thrashing for a while and rubbed most of the fur off of his head and back. He squeaked in pain and fear when I approached and gently picked him up to see if there was a way to help him. There were several bands of the mesh netting wrapped around his throat, and several more wrapped around his waist. I cradled the little guy and gently tried working his limbs out of the way while a friend grabbed a pair of scissors. We worked on the Chipmunk for about 5 minutes, gently and carefully snipping away at the netting. He was so frightened, but held still for us at the end when he realized what we were doing. With one last good snip, his head was freed, and he ran free! All life is precious- even the life of this frequently considered nuisance rodent. It made my entire day that I was able to help him! #chipmunk #chippy #gardenfriends #chipmunklove #nature #nofilterneeded #patience #kindness #compassion #wildlife #everylifematters #animalsareamazing #animallivesmatter