Voles, Friends or Foes by Skeeter
A Vole (pictured above) is any burrowing rodent with a blunt snout, small ears and short limbs. They are found throughout North America. There are 45 species of Voles commonly referred to as field mice. The Mole is another burrowing rodent but they mainly eat grubs and worms while the Vole eats roots to plants and flowers amongst other prized garden items.
Aren’t they cut little critters? Don’t let their cute little furry bodies fool you! They are the most destructive things in our yard to include the pesky squirrel…
The Voles tunnel to our plants and flowers and eat the bulbs and roots thus making me very upset with them. As an animal lover of all critters, this little creature has put me into a dilemma. What is an animal lover and gardener lover to do?
We stomp down the tunnels to no avail. The next day those little diggers have a new tunnel to stomp! I was so mad at them that I was ready for combat! The Saint and I were hanging a bird house into a tree when I spotted one coming out of a hole. The Saint was up on the ladder when I spotted this little furry thing. I yelled, “A vole, a vole. I am going to kill that thing!” Well, I tried to kill it by stomping on it. I was hopping around on one foot with the other one high into the air but I did not have it in me to stomp the lucky critter. I was holding something in hand that would do the deed but again, I could not smash the cute little thing! I yelled to the Saint, “You kill it, you kill it!” Off the ladder my hero came to my rescue. He too did not have it within the being of his soul to kill the little cute thing. After all, the Vole was only doing what he was put here to do. Live his little life!
Quick thinking me, ran to the house as the Saint had him cornered by some stones. I grabbed a plastic container and we caught the little frightened thing. We carefully took him across the street into the woods and let him go. We both laughed as we figured he had probably beaten us back to the yard!
We have since caught several of the little things and drove them to fields near the woods so they can continue life. So when it comes to animal against human beast, these two beasts are merely lovable two legged Wimps!
This morning I had two Moles or Voles in bed with me after the Saint left for work! The girls got a whiff of that cool air (46 degrees) coming in through the open bedroom window and they shimmied their way under the covers for warmth! They are currently eating up the sunbeam shining in through the sun-room windows!
Second picture is of my favorite Voles being Cheetah and Sheba. To see Sheba, you must look to the bump on the left of Cheetah! Sheba loves to hide under the covers to nap. Cheetah only does this when we have company in the house to hide from or during cold days in the winter. Do any of your cats do this strange hiding under the bed covers? Skeeter did that also for hours upon hours at a time...
posted by Skeeter at 10/12/2007 11:38:00 AM