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Man builds miniature picnic table for squirrel visitors

April 8th, 2020

Imagine waking up on a peaceful morning with birds melodiously chirping outside and tiny mammals on the ground picking up nuts on fresh, dew-filled grass in your yard. It is truly a wonderful sight to behold. Squirrels like to playfully pounce and run around your trees and fences, moving from place to place until they get their hands on some tiny seeds.

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It’s not rare to see squirrels visit your yard like this. In fact, it is their habit and their way of surviving as they try to invade our homes or our unattended garbage cans. Instead of driving them away, why not appreciate their visit? Just like Rick Kalinowski who politely welcomed these creatures in his yard.

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Kalinowski turned a small part of his yard into a safe haven for squirrels.

Kalinowski noticed that squirrels kept visiting his yard to pick up some food on the ground, and he wanted to let the squirrels know that they were more than welcome to stay in his yard whenever they want. And so, to welcome them, he made a handcrafted, miniature picnic table for them to enjoy their meals.

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It took a small amount of wood, a couple of nails that were already lying around his house, and his own time and effort to make this. He placed the table atop his fence along with a variety of seeds and nuts for the squirrels to feast upon. After some time, he could already see visitors popping up at the tiny table. The squirrels usually visit the food-filled table twice a day to satisfy themselves.

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It became a safe haven and a neat eating place for these mammals to enjoy. With this kind of welcome, it is not wrong to say they definitely love it!

The table was beneficial for both Kalinowski and the squirrels.

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“I appreciate them and they appreciate me,” Kalinowski told The Dodo.

The squirrels are not the only ones taking pleasure from their adorable mess. Since the tiny table was angled to be seen through his window, Kalinowski could enjoy the pure sight while he was enjoying his coffee every morning.

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He loves the way nature moves in the vicinity of his home. Because of that, he crafted this tiny table for the squirrels to thank them for their company. Kalinowski was satisfied enough looking at the squirrels’ chubby cheeks as they continuously chewed the gifts he gave them.

It’s always fun to appreciate our yard-critter friends.

We can’t fully prevent squirrels or raccoons from roaming in our yard, so why not embrace their presence instead? Squirrels like to use trees or anything that closely resembles one to take shelter or store their food for winter.

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They spend their time scavenging for food so that they can survive. That said, sometimes squirrels can become a nuisance — they could eat your plants or get into your garbage. If this happens, how can you drive them away?

There are peaceful methods that you can use to fix this problem.

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PETA suggests that we address this concern by keeping our garbage containers sealed and closing out possible breeding spots at your home like the attic, chimneys, or sheds so that they will find nearby trees instead. You could also plant unedible flowers around your yard so that squirrels won’t bother destroying your plants.

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Instead of irritatingly shouting outside our homes fo drive off these tiny creatures, we should just follow Rick Kalinowski’s perfect example instead. Just like Kalinowski’s brilliant idea of providing them a safe spot, why not make something like that too? The satisfaction of being able to provide for our nature’s friends is one of the most beautiful feelings.

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Source: The Dodo, PETA

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