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Operation Relocation complete

Posted on by Anne Cox

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPorcupines are pretty slow-moving creatures. So when our favorite new local resident showed up at the pleached apples today, it was fairly easy to trap it in a small garbage can. Lid on, loaded into the truck, tied in place. We were off to an undisclosed (though hopefully far enough away from here) location with most of the comforts of home (sans sheds to live under). It really is rather cute, up close. But when we nabbed it in the trash can, and it’s fur stood up, those sharp quills were evident. Best to move on.

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4 Responses to Operation Relocation complete

Patty Kahn says: November 19, 2014 at 2:10 pm

A couple of years ago I relocated a series of red squirrels to an undisclosed !!! location. And then one day I said to myself ‘This is really stupid – there’s no end to it’ – and I stopped doing it. Now we just coexist.

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Anne Cox says: November 19, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Ah. Well the red squirrels I leave to the cats and Ella to deal with. Same with the voles and the mice that like to move into sheds during the winter. However, porcupine quills and poodles see like two things that should be kept far apart. And then there is the fact that the critter was enjoying my pleached apples way too much.

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Joanne Gray says: November 19, 2014 at 6:15 pm

How did you get it in the trash can?

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Anne Cox says: November 19, 2014 at 7:26 pm

It was stupid easy. We’d thought that we would hold the trash can down and sort of push it with a stick. But it started to climb the apple. So we put the can under it and just used the stick to keep it from climbing up. It lost it’s grip and fell into the can. Not a far fall at all — no animal cruelty there — and Bob’s your uncle, we had it. I think we were lucky, but it is also a slow moving creature. Except that it rather booked when we got to that undisclosed remote location.

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