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We’ve been getting great enjoyment from feeding orioles oranges and jelly - and then the orange halves started disappearing. The whole things! As if a monstrous bird had swooped down and snatched them away. After two days, we saw a squirrel (a female with young, judging from her underneath) deftly getting around the squirrel guard and running off with half an orange. A while later, we looked out the window and saw her jumping to the ground holding in her mouth the little metal cup holding jelly!
I charged out of the house, yelling. The squirrel streaked across the lawn. I followed. She dashed up a small tree. I shook the tree, hard. She dropped to the ground at my feet, her teeth still clenched around the edge of the jelly cup. She raced behind the barn. I raced behind the barn. She zipped around a woodpile. I zipped (well, as well as a human can). She tore up another tree. I picked up a stick and threw it at her. She FINALLY dropped the metal cup, right side up, still full of jelly.
Score one for humans!
Maeve Kim, Jericho Center