Just now, I was outside, trying to figure out why my puppy was barking at a window well. He's destroyed most of the window well covers --sigh. This one has a huge hole in it but he was just barking at it.
So, I shut him back inside and went to take a look.
Look at that!!!
What IS that??
Look, here's a better picture of one of them.
Are they mice? If they ARE mice, do they have to be that cute?
Okay, I did a little research (love Google) and I think this might be a Woodland Vole.
Which is just TERRIBLE NEWS.
First of all, I don't know if I've already mentioned this but we have this infestation of ladybugs in our master bathroom. I think they came in when we brought the plants in for the long winter.
Y'all. I have been losing sleep over those dumb lady bugs: Do they have enough to eat? How do I get them back outside? What if my bubble bath is toxic to lady bugs? What is the life expectancy of a lady bug, anyway? What if I accidentally squash one? Now that they are in my bathroom, I feel very responsible for them!
And now this! Now VOLES!
And it gets worse! It turns out that this species of the Vole is MONOGAMOUS. How can I possible exterminate rodents that share my core values??
Plus, okay, even if I don't off the little suckers, how am I going to keep the cats away from them? Our cats wear bells but they are sneaky, sneaky buggers. And the puppy...he's already proven to destroy window-well covers and they're NOT EVEN ALIVE.
Of course, they may NOT be voles--I didn't see any tails on the little guys.
(Back to Wikipedia. Much clicking.)
(And, in some version of life being stranger than fiction, they appear to be misplaced SOUTHERN Short-tailed Shrews. Normally not found in the North.)
(Just letting that sink in for a second.)
(Is it just me or does anyone else think it's strange that a misplaced Southerner shows up in the yard of another misplaced Southerner?)
(Of course, the SHREW is venomous.)
(Just, you know...sayin'. Just thinking that certain misplaced Southerners are better equipped than others.)
So, for those of you keeping score at home, now I have a master bathroom infested with ladybugs, two misplaced Southern, venomous shrews (who may or may not share my core values) living in my window wells AND I need to go out and buy all new window well covers to keep my pets OUT of the window wells.
This could happen to you, too, right? Maybe it already has?
Right. That's what I thought.