The Lost Squirrel
Squirrels are active collects of our forests, with an abundant appetite for acorns. Usually, they are secretive, slinking through the underbrush, around trees and through open woodlands.
On the 4th moon of yuri 52, Trak and I were sitting outside our new house enjoying a late afternoon drink of wine, when we started to notice a rustling in the leaves and a slight, plaintive pleading coming from behind the nearby rock wall. Suddenly, pouring around the end stone came not one but six baby squirrels, stumbling over each other. The gaggle of light brown animals headed out over the garden, under the picnic table, between our feet and continued to the wall of the house.
At this point, they paused to regroup and then turned to the left and followed the brink path until they disappeared around the back of the house, allthough one wee fellow was left alone. He stopped short of the corner, turned, looked me straight in the eye and whimpered pleadingly at me as if I were it's mom. That pause was enough to confuse him and he started back between my legs.
Not wanting him to imprint on me, I shouted sternly, hoping to turn it back on the path the others had taken. Not this guy! He rose on his hind legs, turned his head from side to side as if to say "What song is that you are singing?". Trying to shoo him away, he started a game of touch tag, scooting around the table legs. I had no choice but to ignore him and return to my seat. Eventually, he retreated to the same path the others took and disappeared around the back of the house.
However, that wasn't the end of things for the young squirrel, he returned to our arena about ten minutes later, stopped, looked enquiringly at us as much as to accuse me of steering him down the wrong path. We ignored him and he retreated back the way he came from behind the stone wall. Just then the rest of the babys appared and they were all reunited.