Saturday, June 16, 2012

Animals in my house...

No, nothing so prosaic as a dog or a cat of some fish in a tank. Last night I spent much time chasing a tree frog around my study, and through the forest of wires and cords under the desk, even across the keyboard of my Mac...

This thing has legs on it like a high jumper and can leave me standing flat-footed any time. It also has suckered toes that enable it to go straight up vertical walls and windows. In the end, I gave up. Twenty-four hours later I have finally managed to shut it in the bathroom with the window open, in the faint hope that it will actually leave.

Earlier today I was sitting in the lounge room when I heard what sounded like a dried leaf being hustled by a wind along the brick-paving outside. Only there wasn't a wind. I stood up, just in time to see a treeshrew* hauling a large, very dry leaf from the guava tree over the doorstep into the lounge room, which struck me as a strange thing for it to be doing.

Treeshrews are hysterical little creatures that live in a heightened state of terror, so he shot off in a blur of fur the moment I moved. (Which is why I have never managed to get a decent photo of one.)

It wasn't until later that I discovered she must have been leaf-moving for quite some time because the bottom shelf of my bookcase had a stash of dry leaves hidden behind the books... Just as well I found out before she gave birth.


(*that's the misnamed creature that doesn't live in trees {at least ours don't} and isn't a shrew, or even a rodent of any kind. It looks a bit like a slim squirrel with a pointed face)

3 comments:

Jo said...

You'll miss all the excitement when you move. Any bites on the house yet?

Glenda Larke said...

Not much. No serious nibbles.

Helen V. said...

At least they're alive. One of our bedrooms is currently uninhabitable because something has dies in an inaccessible part of the roof space.