|Barked: Wed May 9, '07 7:44pm PST |
|So Phantom almost realized his lifelong dream of catching a squirrel this evening! He and Pantera spotted one on our oak tree and made a beeline for it. But this one didn't speed up the tree like they usually do, it instead kept circling the trunk about 2 feet off the ground. Not normal behavior for a squirrel... but it looked like something had gotten to it previously, because one front leg didn't look right.
Well, Phanny and Pan nabbed it off the tree before I could get "LEAVE IT!!!" out of my mouth. They dropped it at my shout, though, and I got them in the house. Niquita, meanwhile, moved in to investigate, and at my shout went from trying to pick it up to nuzzling it like it was a puppy! So I pushed "Nurse Niqui" out of the way and took a look. It didn't look good... some hair missing, a few scrapes, and it was letting out an occasional wheeze instead of the usual squirrel "distress call." I was trying to decide what I should do when I guess I got in a little too close (while trying yet again to shove "Nurse Niqui" out of the way!) and the dang little "tree rat" bit me on the finger!
Well, that decided it. The dogs had recent rabies vaccinations; I, on the other hand, did NOT. Mr. Tree Rat was going to be put out of his misery by the Department of Agriculture. I managed to box up the little sucker so that Hampden Township's Finest could come and take it to the Dept. of Ag. for testing. We'd had a rabid raccoon and a rabid skunk in our area recently, and last week someone was bitten by a squirrel which then CHARGED the police officer who was called to the scene (ironically, that one was NOT rabid!). Fortunately, I'd had a tetanus shot recently, so the only medical attention I needed tonight was a little swab of peroxide. Of course, I have to wait until late tomorrow afternoon to find out if I'll need that lovely series of painful shots to the abdomen, and if I should take my dogs (who all had contact with the beast) for "just to be safe" rabies boosters.
Well, I'm not foaming at the mouth yet, so I guess that's a good sign!
Edited by author Wed May 9, '07 7:50pm PST
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