Last night while milking, my husband suddenly exclaimed, “There’s a CHIPMUNK by my head!”
What an odd exclamation!
He happened to be standing by our “safe shelf” – the on that is high enough that the goats can’t reach. That is where we keep a bag of food for Allie, and little baggies of food for the little ones goats. The big buckets are in the loft, safe from little intruders.
Well, the bags certainly weren’t safe from intruders! What I saw when I jumped up to look was a funny little creature with flappy skin, a flat tail, and huge eyes, sitting on our shelf, munching happily away! A flying squirrel!
I’m not sure how I knew what it was, but when it ran away we started googling to confirm what it was. Yes, it was a flying squirrel for sure. Then we watched, waiting to see if it would return. It certainly did, and it brought a friend!
I ran inside and woke up the rest of the house to see if they wanted to come see these funny little creatures. Soon we were all crowding around, watching. They didn’t seem to mind at all. What they wanted was right there on the shelf – the little goat pellets they had nibbled through my bag to get… a yummy, free (stolen) meal!
Upon further investigation, flying squirrels are nocturnal, so that is why we had never seen them. They also tend to change their nesting areas frequently, so I don’t know if we will have them in the loft for long. We just happened to be fortunate enough to have them as visitors, for now. We’ll see how long it lasts!