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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Territorial rights

A squirrel that has recently moved into our bathroom windowsill has become the source of much friction in the Boogie-Gypsy-Anjali household. Well, it hasn’t quite moved in yet, but it has been proclaiming its intention for several days in the form of an ever-growing nest on the windowsill. It began earlier this week when I noticed a fluffy ball of what looked like cottonwool carefully propped up between the partially-raised glass and the window grill. It was joined the next day by a couple of dried twigs, and shortly thereafter by (I think) bark from the banana tree. And so it went, with grass and leaves (and something unrecognizable that I don’t care to delve into) being added on a daily basis, until quite suddenly a densely woven nest appeared on the windowsill.

The source of the friction I mentioned above is a) my obvious enchantment with the nest building process, which has left B&G mildly irritated and b) my reluctance to dismantle the nest before things go any further – which, according to Boogie, has left them both stunned. Squirrels, as everyone knows, are unequivocally the Worst Enemies of dogs. Not all dogs, of course, but certainly of Dogs Who Are Scared of Cats, Mice and Monkeys. For such dogs (and they are a very special breed) squirrels inspire all known forms of canine aggression that may otherwise have been directed at other animals. Raised hackles, frantic barking, running furious circles around the dining table … deadly weapons, all, brought to the fore by the mere whiff of a certain loathsome bushy tailed creature.

How, then, could I even contemplate letting this squirrel into our home? Besides, says Gypsy impatiently, what is the big deal about building a nest? And how come I’ve never once admired her daily artistry with the cushions and bedcover? Far more complex to weave together, and much more comfortable than a twiggy nest.

I fail to understand this lack of empathy for a fellow creature’s efforts. How would they feel, I ask them, if they’d sweated it out night and day to build themselves a house – and they came back home one evening to find their hard work ruthlessly torn to shreds? And if it was cold and rainy and they had nowhere warm to go? (Actually the weather’s been quite bright and sunny, but nothing like some emotional appeal to win an argument, I always say. Besides, Bangalore can turn cold and rainy any time).

B&G are clearly unimpressed, though. How do you think our neighbors might feel, says Boogie with heavy sarcasm, if you suddenly decided to build yourself a home in their backyard? If you filled up a suitcase everyday and deposited it in their yard? What are the odds that they’d look at the result of your efforts with tear-glazed eyes and say “let the poor thing stay”?

Irritatingly enough, I cannot immediately think of a convincing response to that argument. The matter is far from resolved, though. The bathroom door remains firmly shut, to guard against any unexpected accidents. Perhaps I should put this into an audience vote, seeing as I’m lagging behind somewhat in the rational debate?


  • LOL.

    I'm sorry my friend...B&G win hands down in this debate.

    And as far as emotional appeal goes, isn't there such a thing as sticking up for your family (sometimes against your better judgement)?

    How can you deprive those poor souls of their only connection with a canine life?

    All other indicators seem to suggest that they are two conniving kids (like most kids are these days), conspiring to The Indolent (Indulgent) Life.

    And how could the squirrel encroach on their territory anyway? Aren't there enough non-canine inhabited households in the vicinity?

    Or are they too scheming a fall of pride for B&G? And they have an Equal Rights sucker to help them in their devious plans!!! *Shudder, shudder*

    By Anonymous Tara Prabhakar, at 7:11 PM, December 09, 2006  

  • I meant 'standing up for'.

    Typo. Sorry.

    By Anonymous Tara Prabhakar, at 7:14 PM, December 09, 2006  

  • Get PETA (read Pam) involved and you'll have my unconditional support.. otherwise, its a tough nut to crack ;)

    By Blogger manuscrypts, at 11:33 PM, December 10, 2006  

  • Wonderful post Anjali. Welcome back!

    I have a dog of my own (a Great Dane who thinks he's a cat and keeps trying to play with cats who ignore him).

    Maybe i should teach Fido about territorial possessiveness.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:05 PM, December 11, 2006  

  • You could ask the squirrel union to start a morcha against discrimination or atleast warn B&G about this possibility :)

    By Blogger Siri, at 2:20 AM, December 22, 2006  

  • When comes next post? Something on New Year revelries no doubt!

    By Blogger Tara, at 6:57 AM, December 31, 2006  

  • Hey ...I didnt know you were back !

    btw hv lost my fone and so your no..

    We hv a read-meet coming up this sunday (jan 7th) at Cafe Inch, 3 0 clock. You're welcome if free..

    By Anonymous apu, at 11:08 PM, January 04, 2007  

  • Dear Lord. You posted. *checks date* Albeit a long time ago. Well, hello. :)

    By Blogger the Monk, at 8:43 AM, May 25, 2007  

  • Hi Anjali I have a keen interest in qual research and need to get in touch with you for some advice. Could I have your contact please? My email id is vishalshah10@yahoo.com

    Thanks a lot

    By Blogger Vishal, at 10:32 PM, July 21, 2007  

  • I really liked ur post, thanks for sharing. Keep writing. I discovered a good site for bloggers check out this www.blogadda.com, you can submit your blog there, you can get more auidence.

    By Blogger Kiran, at 10:11 PM, October 29, 2007  

  • Almost a year ago now.

    So what happened to the squirrels in the end?

    By Anonymous camphor, at 10:20 PM, December 01, 2007  

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