The Taming Of The Chipmunk.

Just when I thought I had my hands full, feeding all the local squirrels, now I have a new little friend to love. I’ve known for some time that a chipmunk has been living on our property. I’ve seen the many “residences” it has dug in my lawn, and on the gravel area where the green bin sits. I’ve even seen him (or her) running along the fence line, and across the road. And he pretty much ignored my little “chippy” noises I would make to try and attract him.

That is, until a few days ago. I just happened to be outside when Chippy was around, so I tossed a nut, which he devoured. I thought to myself that there was hope that he would eventually come closer and take them from me. Chipmunks are, after all, thought to be quite tame and friendly.

Sure enough, as I was out front yesterday, the little guy was snooping around under the juniper shrubs and in my flower beds. I tossed a nut, which he took away somewhere. But then he came back. I lured him in closer, and after only 3 attempts, had him coming onto my lap for his treat. I was so happy! I love squirrels, but i think I love chipmunks even more! I was always raised to respect animals, whether domestic or wild, and am certainly my mother’s daughter where it comes to my love for critters!

We had a little photo shoot, and I even managed to videotape him. Here’s the link to the video. Redbum’s Debut

Here in Ontario, we mostly have Eastern chipmunks, but there are actually five different species found in Canada. If you’re a chippy lover like me, check out this page: Canada’s chipmunks

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Published by jenmcnaughton

Born in Scotland, I moved to Canada in 1980 with my family. I was 10. I became homesick in my 20's, and longed for my beloved Scotland. Happily, I recently returned home for good! I am a photographer, freelance writer and bestselling author, and entrepreneur. I am an animal lover and advocate. My other hobbies include exploring, collecting sea glass, reading and music.

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