Time for someone to go on a diet...

By JJ
@JolietJake (50093)
United States
April 4, 2017 6:34am CST
Looked out the front window early this morning and noticed the squirrels had knocked the bird feeder down...again...first time in a year, I thought I had it hung pretty good now. Then I looked...again. And I don't know if we have a 500 pound squirrel in the neighborhood or what, but something snapped the branch the feeder hung on in two last night. Must have been a raccoon because the birds and squirrels don't come out at night, but I have never seen a raccoon on that section of the tree either. So I guess I'll haul the branch to the brush pile later and decide where to re-hang the feeder.
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@LadyDuck (148045)
• Switzerland
4 Apr 17
Can a raccoon take down a big branch like this? May be it's Rocky.
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@JolietJake (50093)
• United States
4 Apr 17
@LadyDuck I would have expected it to break nearer to the trunk too instead of two inches from where the feeder hung
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@LadyDuck (148045)
• Switzerland
4 Apr 17
@JolietJake It broke before the thief could reach the feeder.
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@JolietJake (50093)
• United States
4 Apr 17
@LadyDuck I really thought at first they had just knocked the feeder down when I didn't see it hanging there through the window...it was still dark and my porch light stopped working yesterday, wasn't until I went out that I saw the entire branch was down
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@Happy2BeMe (74560)
• Canada
4 Apr 17
I would say it was probably a raccoon trying to steal the bird food. He must have gotten a scare when the tree snapped and he feel because most raccoons would have taken the bird feeder with them when they left.
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@Happy2BeMe (74560)
• Canada
4 Apr 17
@JolietJake I know they will climb trees I have seen them do that. Not sure whatever it could be if it was big enough to snap the branch.
@JolietJake (50093)
• United States
4 Apr 17
@Happy2BeMe Oh, I have photos of them eating corn there, but I've never seen one go out on the branch and try to get to that bird feeder
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@JohnRoberts (52385)
• Los Angeles, California
4 Apr 17
@JolietJake Look at him go! Good shot.
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@crossbones27 (18555)
• Redlands, California
4 Apr 17
Sorry I accidentally sent you a black bear cub. He was looking for his father and I said Yogi went that way, now get out of here Boo Boo. You get my dogs to excited with your fake picnic baskets. Trump bears I tell you.
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@JolietJake (50093)
• United States
4 Apr 17
The birds and squirrels have been having "WTF??" moments this morning
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• Redlands, California
4 Apr 17
@JolietJake Welcome to America. or the new America. No one told them Trump was elected. Poor guys.
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@JolietJake (50093)
• United States
4 Apr 17
@crossbones27 There was a squirrel there trying to figure it out but by the time I got the camera he had left
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@JudyEv (119203)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Apr 17
I have a great book by Sterling North about 'his' raccoons. They sound interesting creatures.
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@JolietJake (50093)
• United States
4 Apr 17
Scar and I have both been rather fond of 'ours'...they are pretty much the only animal He tolerates in His yard
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@JudyEv (119203)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Apr 17
@JolietJake It seems they are quite intelligent. The ones in the book used to ring a bell on the verandah and be fed a piece of bread. They'd just take a piece then move on and make way for the next raccoon. Then, as the youngsters came along, the old ones taught them to ring the bell.
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@marguicha (90800)
• Chile
4 Apr 17
I read the title of your post and thought you were talking about me. I certainly need to have a diet.
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@JolietJake (50093)
• United States
4 Apr 17
That branch would have broken long ago if I had tried to feed there
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@marguicha (90800)
• Chile
4 Apr 17
@JolietJake Me too. Only I´d go and get a good ladder
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@diosabella (4822)
4 Apr 17
Yep its your friend in the neighbor. They were getting all the nutrients instead of the birds. What's the reaction of Scar with these intruders?
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@JolietJake (50093)
• United States
4 Apr 17
Scar is trying to figure out what happened too
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4 Apr 17
@JolietJake Looks like Scar is investigating the crime in his Kingdom. Will the culprit's head roll in the end?
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@Morleyhunt (19539)
• Canada
4 Apr 17
We seem to have a constant war with the squirrels that maraud our bird feeders. The slinky held them off for four months...but it has been breached.
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@JolietJake (50093)
• United States
4 Apr 17
I remember you talking about putting that up...schneaky guys got past it finally huh?
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@Juliaacv (29033)
• Canada
4 Apr 17
Could it be a fat squirrel, they tend to like to try to eat out of bird feeders too.
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@JolietJake (50093)
• United States
4 Apr 17
Squirrels don't feed after dark
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• Philippines
4 Apr 17
Nope. not even that incident would convince that night culprit to go on diet or exercise. I can't even do it this month, how can he lol
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@JolietJake (50093)
• United States
4 Apr 17
I'm a bit flummoxed trying to decipher what happened
@MALUSE (38119)
• Germany
4 Apr 17
There's action in your back garden. :-)
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@JolietJake (50093)
• United States
4 Apr 17
Just hung this one up
@JohnRoberts (52385)
• Los Angeles, California
4 Apr 17
No bad weather that could have weakened the branch?
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@JolietJake (50093)
• United States
4 Apr 17
Nope, pretty calm last night...no storms I know of
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@GardenGerty (96817)
• Marion, Kansas
4 Apr 17
I was thinking raccoon. Probably you do not see them on that section cause most of them are smart enough to realize it would break. This was a dumb one. Either that or you have bears?
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@JolietJake (50093)
• United States
4 Apr 17
No bears I know of, unless one was just passing through town
@minx267 (12827)
• Hartford, Connecticut
4 Apr 17
Bears like to eat bird food...
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@BarBaraPrz (19420)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
5 Apr 17
Squirrels are little thugs in fur coats. The ones around here, anyway. They keep digging in my flowers, even in the potted plants I put out in the summer. They kept chewing on the plums while the plums were still green, depriving me of my plums, to the point that I just cut down the tree. Now nobody gets any plums. They also like to chew on the little green tomatoes. And they chew their way into attics and rip up the insulation.
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@JolietJake (50093)
• United States
5 Apr 17
Mine are fairly well behaved, but since so many feed them around here, and there are tons of trees, they don't get up to any mischief
@BarBaraPrz (19420)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
5 Apr 17
@JolietJake Lucky you.
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@KristenH (23328)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
4 Apr 17
Oh my! The plot thickens...
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@JolietJake (50093)
• United States
4 Apr 17
I'll probably never find out what really went on last night...
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@KristenH (23328)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
4 Apr 17
@JolietJake Possibly. At least you didn't have a storm or heavy winds last night.
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• Banks, Oregon
5 Apr 17
Racoon's can ruin fun like that, I remember my chihuahua playing outside with the cat and out of nowhere a racoon's jumped on the fence dog and cat booked it back into the house so fast.
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@Hatley (164727)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Apr 17
must have been a really fat racoon to break the branch os he branch was a bit weak I have never seen a cioin climb trees but they probably do or a fat neighbors cat lol lol lol
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@JolietJake (50093)
• United States
4 Apr 17
I've got several photos of ours in the tree out front
@EddieHands (37856)
• United States
4 Apr 17
Meow now that is a huge squirrel lol
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@JolietJake (50093)
• United States
4 Apr 17
Sumbeech musta been 10 foot tall!
@allen0187 (32703)
• Philippines
5 Apr 17
I think Scar has something to do with this.
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@much2say (38757)
• United States
4 Apr 17
Dang! Maybe one of the squirrels or raccoons gets really mad and turns into the Incredible Hulk at night!
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