Earlier this summer, I posted a recipe for chocolate peanut butter granola bars. I’ve made two batches so far and have shared the recipe with several people. What does this have to do with wildlife? Read on for the sad, sad, story.
The day I made the first batch, I asked Reiner for help storing the box of Rice Krispies on the shelf above the fridge. I’m tall, but he’s taller and can reach the cupboard without a step-stool.
“There’s already a box of rice cereal up here,” he said.
“Really? Good, I’m going to make a lot of these, so it’s no big deal. But wait. What’s the expiry date on the old stuff?”
So, over the last several days, Reiner put the stale cereal out for the critters. The birds don’t seem to care for it, but the squirrels do. On Sunday, our son took a photo of this pretty girl, helping herself to breakfast. She had her eyes on us, but was comfortable enough to keep munching on the crisps. I remarked that she seemed underweight – you could see her ribs and hip bones. We watched for a while and then headed out for our fossil collecting adventures.
When we returned, we found that she and/or her herd-mates had more than cereal for breakfast.
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