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Native Californian, biologist, wildlife conservation consultant, retired Smithsonian scientist, father of two daughters, grandfather of 4 small primates. INTJ. Believes nature is infinitely more interesting than shopping malls. Born 100 years too late.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Fred goes terrier

We were working in the garden yesterday when Fred found a large gopher hole and went terrier.

The dirt was flying.

The redhead advised me to curb his activity -- "He'll undermine the walkway".

"He's burning action specific energy," I replied, "and look at him . . . the little guy's helping us in the garden. It's kinda sweet."

When we had finished the raised beds, I set a gopher trap to validate Fred's helpfulness.

This morning I checked the trap, and the gopher got away.

And Fred had indeed undermined the walkway; so that has to be filled and packed, hopefully after I catch the gopher.

Once again the redhead was right.


Tami Weingartner said...

Well...at least he isnt a JRT...he would have went right under the walk w/his digging!

Henry said...

LOL, Good one :)
Fred sounds like quite a character.

Buford Nature said...

I'd rather have the gopher and its predator, the pine (bull) snake. Sic a serpent on those pesky gophers! LOL

Carol said...

ahhhh...but he had such a good time...and we all deserve some of those.


Owlman said...

Fred has the right idea and that is do what feels good!