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Squirrel Crossing Glenribbeen Eco Lodge

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I was asked recently to write about my Squirrel Crossing as there are some parents that are ‘mithered’ (act of being fussed) by their offspring by the inclusion of our own road-crossing for ‘our’ family of red squirrels across the road from our front gate.

Mother comes first.

Mom would feed first - then the cubs and after lunch would come burly old bruiser dad all scuffed and patched.

One of the 3 young cubs.

I'm nut going to see ... ...

Of all of the 5 in the family the cubs were most nervous – mom & dad allowed us to about 2meters before getting nervous.

Page 8 of the ‘Irish’ Sun 8th August 2008

His tufts are gone and his elbows are patched - poor old Pa. A tough kookie though.

May 2009 Dungarvan Observer

The road-crossing didn’t save mom though she was killed right in front of me by a passing car. Though NOT on the crossing it must be said.

The tufts on the ears are the easiest way to spot a red squirrel if the light isn’t great. Poor Pa here has been in the wars and is all scuffed up.

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About pfiddle

Fiddle teacher - mostly Irish trad. Fiddle, mandolin and concertina. Eco-warrior, won E.U. Green Flower Award for Eco Accommodation. Also Irish (Gold) GHA. Green Hospitality Award. Mad keen on self-build - especially straw-bale and cob. 55 with a full head of (slightly) graying hair. No tattoos or piercings. Fond of animals - but legally so. Fond of food - I eat nothing else. Vegetarian by choice, Irish by the grace of birth, Munster by force of (rugby) arms.

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