There are hidden victims to this pandemic. Some of our furry urban friends for example, have suffered. Some people believe that rats are taking over town centres, so often are they now seen out and about. I think that this line of thought is probably wrong. I strongly suspect that the reason rats have become so visible, is that their normal food sources have disappeared. People have disappeared from towns, and so have their discarded food and general trash.
I often have a handful of monkey nuts in my pocket to feed the squirrels in Bournemouth gardens. The last few days, at the spot where I stop to feed them, a rat has boldly joined them and begged for a nut or two. He’s not quite as bold as his fluffy tailed compadres and he kept back. But he gave me his best big brown doe eyes. I felt sorry for him. So I threw him a nut.
I went a different route today, for a change. So the rat missed out. And I set off so early that the squirrels further down the gardens were still in their squirrel beds. So I still had a pocket full of nuts as I strolled along the beach. The crows must have been able to smell them. Or the squirrels have passed word on across species. Either way, they were ready for me.
Normally, if you get a little too close, they’ll fly. But today, they just eyeballed me and screeched. I took a few photos. They still wouldn’t budge. So I offered them a nut each. They took the nuts from my hand. Both of them. Ballsy of them, don’t you think? Will they know better than this when we humans have a famine on and are looking for new food sources?