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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Jan. 20 - Lisa's Musings From Every Day Life

No photos -- due to the graphic nature of my topic of the day.

Today's topic is road kill. Specifically squirrel road kill.

Not sure what's up with these seed-stealing, nut-gathering little critters, but they've had a lot of bad luck on the roadways this week.

I counted no less than 10 squished squirrels between my house in Sylvan Township and the office in Saline today.

I noted they were fatter than I usually see at this time of year. Maybe that's it.

And perhaps I should be keeping that fact to myself because if Washington gets wind of it, there's likely to be a new bill to appropriate funding for a new department of fat squirrels. Or something.

Usually, I notice more dead carcasses on the rural roadways on the weekends, and I chalk it up to heavy animal partying on Friday and Saturday nights.

So, I'm not sure what accounts for this Wednesday squirrel squish-fest.

And, where are the birds of prey?

Usually, squirrel and chipmunk are the first to be cleaned up -- apparently, they are tastier than possum or raccoon to road-kill eating predators.

So you might say something's fishy out on the western side of the county.

But I can promise you, I'm not volunteering to get to the bottom of it.

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