Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Ant, the Grasshopper and the Chipmunk?!

Remember the story of the ant and the grasshopper? The ant is always obsessively industrious, preparing for winter, while the grasshopper fools around (and probably has a lot more fun overall!) before receiving his ultimate comeuppance (which I guess is death or something near that?) Well, that happy story aside, here's our version:

In an effort to thwart "the naughty squirrel" who wanted all the bird seed, I read that squirrels didn't like safflower seeds, but birds do. However.... the writer neglected to mention, or simply didn't know, that chipmunks absolutely, positively, obsessively adore safflower seeds! They will compete with each other over who gets to shinny up that metal pole (hey, no problem!), do a flying leap (often with a twist) over to the feeder, and begin the process of gorging themselves. Once their little cheeks are ready to pop and are noticeably wider than the rest of their body, they scamper down the pole, run along the patio wall and disappear for approximately one minute before popping their hollow-cheeked heads up, ready to do battle with the other chipmunk who has been doing the very same thing in their absence. Repeat this all day long until the safflower is gone!

It's hilarious! Really.

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