Caution: Do not read further if you are a vegetarian and anti-animal killing!!
Some photos are deliberately out of focus......
During the Hari Raya Aidil Fitri holidays my family declared war on the squirrels which we have been very fond of until very recently. Lovely pets can become deadly pests.
Firstly one whole tree of longans (already edible) disappeared overnight.
Then my beloved and absolutely faithful mango tree failed to deliver the normal sweet mangoes. Every fruit has a hole in it. Most of my friends have have been enjoying the mangoes since the 1990's.
Then my coconut trees no longer produce enough fruits for friends who drop by for a thirst quenching drink.
And finally my durian tree which is bearing fruit after several years of infertility is losing fruit after fruit. Its blooms were beautiful covering several branches a few months ago and we became joyful like expectant parents. Friends even dropped by and became fascinated by the stages of development.
Our garden became the hunting ground of the squirrels.
Finally enough is enough.
A semi automatic is the selected weapon. At six a.m. in the morning the shooting began. Eleven fell but we were only able to pick up four which were near our garden. The others were fairly deep in the thicket. One or two fell into the river running to the east of our house.
By seven the squirrels were skinned and ready for the table. We had two dishes. One was smoked squirrel which was tasty. The other dish was squirrel steamed with specially selected Chinese herbs.
The lovely durians.
The tail of a squirrel left outside as a warning to other squirrels. Wonder if they know and understand the message.
Various stages of the bbq...skinned squirrels!
Panggang or BBQ squirrel
Bones of the squirrels.
Steamed squirrel with special Chinese Herbs.
The whole of Miri is actually quite sick of squirrels which have been terrorizing the fruit trees. Some action must be taken! They are no longer the cute and pretty animals we used to love watching. When their number is big trouble begins....
We might put up a sign in squirrel language "Poachers will be persecuted!"
Disclaimer : My apologies to all vegetarians for this post.