Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Election night guest
Last night while watching the election coverage on TV, I heard rustling in the chimney above the living room fireplace. Too early for Santa Claus. I was concerned it might be our cat Petey, but I checked and he was slumbering in his bed. The rustling ceased and I again became engrossed in the doings on TV.
Later on, more rustling, and there was Petey, sniffing around the fireplace grille. Then suddenly a small brown/gray form shot from the fireplace, followed closely by Petey in hot pursuit. At first I thought it was a rat, but he had a bushy gray tail.
The poor little guy was finally cornered in the kitchen -- it was a flying squirrel! We managed to sequester Petey in the bathroom and urge the flying squirrel out through the garage.
Not long afterward, Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech. A very dramatic night, all in all!
I had just been reading about animal guides in "Ask Your Guides" by Sonia Choquette. I tried looking up the symbolism of flying squirrels online, but all the information I found was about "regular" squirrels. So who knows if this was a deeply significant event ... or just a cold squirrel investigating a warm chimney?