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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Viva la Vole


So yesterday Poncho seemed very interested in the large empty pot by the birdtable - ears up, face stuck in it. When we looked there was a vole trapped inside it, along with a rather mangled dead one. (I have cropped the photo to remove most of the gore). I had noticed over the last couple of days one of Margaret's cat climbing on our bird table. Note to self - move it away from pots. Possibly this vole had done a daring leap to perceived 'freedom', the other one not having been so lucky...

Now, although we don't particularly want voles (our lawn and garden are covered in vole-holes) and Paul is planning on putting traps down it did seem a little cruel to leave it there to starve to death. It also seemed a little unsporting to put a trap in there - a bit like shooting the overfed dumb pheasants around Manderston. So we let it go...

2 comments:

Henry Yeo said...

cute......but it is probably a pest to you. Guess human civilization has bred some adorable pest.

Mrs H said...

The barn owls have had a tough winter, their favorite food voles & mice. I hope a barn owl enjoyed this little vole.

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