We have a nice Tangelo tree that produces some very juicy fruit. Just as they started to ripen we noticed a lot of them on the ground and stripped out peels hanging in the tree. We were losing a half dozen a night. We thought it was an Opossum…..but the branches that many of the peels were hanging from were so fragile they would have been broken by an Opossum……..I remembered my Mom telling me that there were Fruit Rats about. So I did some reading up on them….and it sure sounds like they were the culprits.
Jim saw a couple one night and they were fairly large…this is the only trap we have so he thought he’d give it a try….I doubt they could not have gotten out of this…but we had nothing to lose….
We caught one of the baby coons one night….let it go. Then a few mornings ago I was out checking the place out and feeding the bunnies when I spotted our next visitor…an Armadillo.
Now…..I wouldn’t exactly call it cute….and I’ve never really had a good look at the face and ears. Usually if you see one they are going away from you.
Jim isn’t very happy with this little guy….he spends a lot of time filling up the holes it digs….but after getting a good look at it….he agreed with me….it could stay.
I was surprised when it just kind of moseyed on off…..taking it’s time….but once it was close to the tree it kicked into over-drive and was off like a shot….Some of the critters that stop or live here can be destructive…this one digs some fairly good sized holes….but then…I get to see one ….and it’s all worth it.