Once upon a time there was a squirrel who lived in a garden. He built himself a drey - for that is what a squirrel house is called - high up in a tree.
The squirrel was very happy going about his business. Digging holes in the grass, moving bulbs around in the autumn, burying acorns and getting up to all kinds of things that made the squirrel very happy indeed.
When the squirrel got cross he would make very loud chattering noises at whoever he was cross with. He could get quite angry. Nothing scared the squirrel though. The humans who lived in the house attached to the garden would come out and wave their arms and shout to stop the squirrel digging, but he would just carry on and ignore them. If the squirrel was interrupted by the humans he would make all kinds of noise at them to tell them off.
One day though the squirrel had a bit of a shock. He was coming down his favourite tree ready to go digging when all of a sudden he saw something unfamiliar looking at him. In fact, it was staring straight at him. The squirrel had no idea what to think. What was that?
Whatever it was didn't move. It just continued to stare straight at the squirrel. The squirrel climbed around the tree trunk making his angry noises and went back and forth, but still the thing just stared at him.
The squirrel was very worried. Time passed and the thing just stayed there. Perhaps it was safe to go down. After all, it wasn't moving. The squirrel came further down the tree and then the thing got up and moved towards him. This frightened the squirrel and he climbed back up the tree trunk very quickly.
The thing was now at the base of the tree, looking right up at him. Squirrel didn't know what to do. Should he go back to his drey and find another way down, perhaps on the telephone line that he liked to walk on. But what if the thing came after him, what to do.
The thing and the squirrel stared at each other for a long time.
Then, all of a sudden the thing got up again and turned its back on the tree and the squirrel. It started to climb up a trellis by the fence. This really worried the squirrel. The thing was coming to get him. He started shouting away in his angry squirrel voice and ran further back up the tree trunk and straight back to his drey where he thought he would be safe.
The thing climbed up the trellis, as though it was a ladder, and walked away on the top of the fence.
Mr squirrel had a real fright that day. Perhaps it will teach him not to go digging in the garden again for a while!
This is a real story as you can see by the pictures! It was so funny to watch! Pictures taken one morning last week.