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The Whitehurst Diaries: Squirrels pantry disturbed

Limbing a fallen dead maple, the Whitehurst find that a squirrel's cache of corn had started sprouting
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By Sharon Whitehurst

Late in the summer a towering dead maple tree crashed down on the line fence landing at the edge of our cornfield.

Jim and Devin have been limbing the tree and cutting the heavy trunk into chunks. Devin called me out to see two sections of limb which had been stuffed with corn kernels, probably by an industrious squirrel.

Taking a closer look I realized some of the kernels are sprouting.

I have always wondered if the squirrels remember in the cold of winter where they have created these well stocked larders.

If that is the case, there will be a creature wandering along the cornfield come January, perplexed by the loss of his cache. -SHARON WHITEHURST

This story was posted on 2011-11-07 15:44:34
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The Whitehurst Diaries: inside a Squirrel's Larder

2011-11-07 - Old Gradyville Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
As Jim Whitehurst was limbing a fallen dead maple, one cut opened up a squirrel's pantry, filled with corn - and it was sprouting.

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