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Squirrel at Mich. cemetery wraps nest in Old Glory
Idaho Press Tribune ^ | 05/31/09

Posted on 06/02/2009 10:06:44 AM PDT by freespirited

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A brazen squirrel has been grabbing small American flags placed in a cemetery and carrying them up to its nest, which now looks as if it's bedecked in bunting.

Every Memorial Day, volunteers place the flags next to the graves of about 965 veterans buried at Mount Hope Cemetery on the city's north side. The flags were undisturbed during a Mass held Monday.

The next day, the Times Herald reported, workers at the cemetery about 55 miles northeast of Detroit noticed several wooden staffs were still in the ground, but the flags themselves had been torn off — leaving a few scraps of red, white and blue.

Cemetery workers were stumped until the mystery unfurled in front of superintendent Ron Ceglarek's eyes. He watched a squirrel detach a flag stapled to a staff and carry it up a tree to a waiting squirrel building a nest.

Ceglarek watched it happen about a dozen times.

"He plucks them right off," Ceglarek said. "If I didn't see it, and I didn't follow the squirrel, I would have never believed it. ... It looked like he had a little bandanna in his mouth."

Red, white and blue fabric is draped over the branches around the nest, about 45 feet up a spruce tree.

Ceglarek said the cemetery normally keeps the flags at the gravesites until Flag Day on June 14, but they'll likely have to come out of the ground early this year to thwart the bushy-tailed burglar.

"Maybe they are trying to tell us it is going to be a hard winter," Ceglarek said. "Why use leaves when you can get flags?"


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: flag; michigan; oldglory; squirrel
Sorry, no photo with story.
1 posted on 06/02/2009 10:06:44 AM PDT by freespirited
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To: freespirited
Found elsewhere:


2 posted on 06/02/2009 10:09:02 AM PDT by freespirited (Is this a nation of laws or a nation of Democrats? -- Charles Krauthammer)
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To: freespirited

Wow, it really has gotten bad if the newspaper doesn’t have the money for a camera. This is a story that screams for a photo. I hope someone gets a picture of this, better yet, a video of the squirrel taking the flags.


3 posted on 06/02/2009 10:10:06 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: freespirited
They're pretty smart critters. I leave all the soft fur brushed out of my dog in the woods for them to line their nests. It was a hunch and didn't get confirmation it worked until a storm blew a squirrel nest from my trees. I thought it was a dead animal when I first saw it, but it was a nest lined with soft, Belgian Sheepdog undercoat fur.

A few summers ago, I mistakenly left my garage door open, and a bird built a nest on top of my leaf blower attachment. What was unusual about the nest was the bird use pieces of scotch tape on the outside of the nest. Where the tape came from, I'll never know.

4 posted on 06/02/2009 10:10:13 AM PDT by rintense (Senior Marketing / IT / UX architect unemployed and looking for work. Freepmail me if you have leads)
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To: freespirited

Cool. A patriotic squirrel.


5 posted on 06/02/2009 10:14:04 AM PDT by scooter2 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW !)
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To: freespirited

Rats with fluffy tails. A pellet gun works nicely.


6 posted on 06/02/2009 10:14:09 AM PDT by manic4organic (We Are S0 Screwed)
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To: freespirited

The squirrel is showing more respect for the flag than Obama’s weatherman/terrorist “just-a-neighbor” is ....


7 posted on 06/02/2009 10:15:57 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: freespirited

That squirrel has more patriotic feeling than most ‘rats.


8 posted on 06/02/2009 10:16:58 AM PDT by mojito
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To: freespirited

Squirrel just exhibited about 5000% more patriotism than O-hole ever has or will.


9 posted on 06/02/2009 10:17:06 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: windcliff; onedoug

ping


10 posted on 06/02/2009 10:17:39 AM PDT by stylecouncilor (The black man is keeping me down!)
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To: manic4organic

Ugh


11 posted on 06/02/2009 10:20:59 AM PDT by EnquiringMind
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To: freespirited

Yes, I was wondering whether to call the squirrel a vandal or a patriot, but I lean toward patriot.


12 posted on 06/02/2009 10:24:26 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: freespirited; snippy_about_it; bentfeather; Samwise; Peanut Gallery; Wneighbor; Valin; alfa6; ...

Good morning ladies and gents. Flag-o-Ping.


13 posted on 06/02/2009 10:30:32 AM PDT by Professional Engineer ("A republic if you can keep it" responded Franklin. Sorry Dr. Franklin)
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To: EnquiringMind
Ugh

That's the sound I make when they chew up my property and eat the seed I put out for songbirds.

14 posted on 06/02/2009 10:30:33 AM PDT by manic4organic (We Are S0 Screwed)
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To: freespirited; sockmonkey

*squirrel ping*


15 posted on 06/02/2009 10:33:39 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: freespirited

See? Just goes to show that even a squirrel has more patriotism than Zero or your average Congress critter.


16 posted on 06/02/2009 10:40:47 AM PDT by conservativegramma ((No taxation without constitutional representation!))
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To: rintense

Mrs. Slim left out some fuzzy cloth for squirrel nesting material (and birds too)... They got a bit too used to it and ate the legs out of a pair of my jeans that I was drying by hanging on the back of a patio chair.


17 posted on 06/02/2009 10:44:37 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: grellis

Port Huron, MI.


18 posted on 06/02/2009 10:45:43 AM PDT by magslinger (The first dog has papers but the President doesn't. How interesting!-cubsfanconswoman)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Port Huron was the birthplace of the ultra radical Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) which also involved Obortion’s buddies Bill Ayres and Bernadine Doehrn. SDS’s founding statement of “principles” is the Port Huron Statement (1962) written by Tom Hayden, the former Mr. Jane Fonda.


19 posted on 06/02/2009 10:46:35 AM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline of the Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Club)
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To: Professional Engineer

Well, PE I think this is your most unusual flag ping! LOL!


20 posted on 06/02/2009 10:50:30 AM PDT by colorado tanker ("Lastly, I'd like to apologize for America's disproportionate response to Pearl Harbor . . . ")
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To: BlackElk
The Port Huron area isn't a crazy left place. For some reason Hayden and the SDS had a "convention" there, with fewer than 100 attending. So it's rather an accident its name got on the "statement."

Hayden was from Michigan, but not Port Huron. Does anyone know why they happened to meet there?

21 posted on 06/02/2009 11:00:40 AM PDT by colorado tanker ("Lastly, I'd like to apologize for America's disproportionate response to Pearl Harbor . . . ")
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To: manic4organic

Give me a break!


22 posted on 06/02/2009 11:01:14 AM PDT by cubreporter
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To: manic4organic

Garlic works real well on keeping squirrels/rabbits out of places you don’t want them. Simply plant cloves around the base of your feeder and they will stay away once it sprouts. Works well around tomato plants too. Later on you can harvest the fresh garlic. As for shooting them...I grew up eating squirrel and rabbit. Young ones are pretty tasty but older ones are gamey and tough.


23 posted on 06/02/2009 11:02:29 AM PDT by Leg Olam (TOP SECRET! Os plan, 1 invade Poland 2 annex Sudetenland...)
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To: Professional Engineer

Pretty good, Thanks

Regards

alfa6 ;>}


24 posted on 06/02/2009 11:06:03 AM PDT by alfa6
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To: rintense
Nesting birds love dog hair as well, but they tend to ignore it if it's dark. Not sure why. I still have BAGS of white undercoat fur from Cheyenne, which birds will actually fight over--while ignoring Moxie's black hair.

Birds is racist.

25 posted on 06/02/2009 11:16:20 AM PDT by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: grellis

That’s ok, squirrels is racist too. The red and grey squirrels always pick on the black ones.


26 posted on 06/02/2009 11:18:30 AM PDT by rintense (Senior Marketing / IT / UX architect unemployed and looking for work. Freepmail me if you have leads)
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To: Springman; sergeantdave; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; ...
If you would like to be added or dropped from the Michigan ping list, please freepmail me.

Some kind of spray would solve the problem temporarily. I use cayenne pepper in my birdseed to keep the squirrels out. Maybe some solution, H2O and some kind of pepper? The first rain would make it useless.

Hooking the little flagpoles up to a few live wires would do the trick.

27 posted on 06/02/2009 11:19:31 AM PDT by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: rintense
LOL!!! We never get black squirrels in our hood. They hang out on campus with the leftie loons, over in EL. Every few years I'll see one out of it's territory, invariably getting an ass-whupping from our much larger fox squirrels.

You're right--squirrels is racist, too!

28 posted on 06/02/2009 11:24:07 AM PDT by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: grellis

That is wierd. I have noticed that my neighborhood is getting more diversified, and I just started noticing a black squirrell family. One particular street has 4 black squirrels. I was really surprised to see them this far south, now I know the reason they are moving in.

;-)

The foreclosures are even benefitting the squirrels!


29 posted on 06/02/2009 11:36:08 AM PDT by CSM (Business is too big too fail... Government is too big to succeed... I am too small to matter...)
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To: freespirited

The Old Man of The Mountain fell into the valley just as New Hampshire was going Liberal.


30 posted on 06/02/2009 12:49:37 PM PDT by RoadTest (For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus - I Tim 2:5)
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To: Professional Engineer

I have some of those patriotic squirrels in my yard too. Grrr. But hey, everybody needs nesting material this time of year.


31 posted on 06/02/2009 2:51:51 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Looking for our Sam Adams)
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To: CSM; All
“One particular street has 4 black squirrels. I was really surprised to see them this far south, now I know the reason they are moving in.”

I forget the guy's name and the year, but long ago a rich business man that liked seeing the black squirrels up north, had a bunch of them trapped and turned loose in the Marshall/Albion area. They have spread in all directions since that time.

The black squirrel is really just the black phase of the grey squirrel. They are the same species.

The fox squirrel more common in the southern Michigan hardwoods is a different species, as is the smaller red squirrel.

Michigan's other squirrel, the flying squirrel, can be found in good numbers is some areas of southern Michigan but is seldom seen. They are nocturnal and only come out at night.

32 posted on 06/03/2009 6:41:52 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Beagle8U

Hey, great information. Thanks. I used to hunt squirells in the Hudson area, and I never new that flying squirrels are in MI. In addition, I thought the black squirrel was the same as the fox squirrel.

I try to learn something every day, now I am complete and it isn’t even noon yet.


33 posted on 06/03/2009 7:03:11 AM PDT by CSM (Business is too big too fail... Government is too big to succeed... I am too small to matter...)
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To: CSM
Flying squirrels are on the “species of concern” or threatened list in Michigan, but there are areas in southern Mi that has lots of them.

They like thick wooded areas close to water, like a stream or river. Often the woods with lots of wild grape vines will have flying squirrels.

The best place to see them is in the bird feeder of a yard that butts up to a as described woods. They will come to the feeder after dark, so you will need a light to see them.

34 posted on 06/03/2009 7:26:30 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: grellis

A little off topic but I have a woodchuck (groundhog) living in the ravine behind my house. Anyone know how to keep him out of my garden? I’d just shoot him but it’s a suburban neighborhood and my wife has gotten fond of watching him in the yard.


35 posted on 06/03/2009 7:34:28 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: freespirited

Squirrels are some of the most resourceful animals I’ve ever seen.

I always like the cat and mouse game they play when it comes to bird feeders. I saw one climb a tree, then do almost a militarystyle roap clime moving down the branch, and then take a flying leap to get on the bird feeder. Sometimes it missed. Another I saw do a running jump off the railing. It missed.


36 posted on 06/03/2009 9:46:34 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (We do what we have to do.)
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To: Straight Vermonter
If you have access to a live trap, that's your way to go, since a gun isn't an option. Your local animal control might even set a trap for you, but the chances of that are slim. If you want to keep the critter hanging around, but out of your garden, you can:

*Install a sturdy chicken wire fence WITH a chicken wire-lined trench. One without the other is a waste of money.

*Cover your plants with a floating row cover. Not very effective, but inexpensive and worth trying.

*Try to train your friend to stay away from the garden food. You can try sprinkling the plants with cayenne pepper (most small mammals with a good sense of smell will stay away from cayenne) while offering other vegetation well away from the garden. Ask at your supermarket, early in the morning, if they have any waste vegetation you can have. If they don't, buy some of that pre-packaged salad mix in the "ready to expire" bin. Chucks are active early in the morning and late in the afternoon, in general, but it's not uncommon to see them any time during the day or night.

My personal suggestion: Trap it and take it away. Yes, they are fun to watch. They can also carry diseases, as well as being a walking motel for ticks and fleas. If you leave food out for them, to entice them away from your garden, that might work--but it might also invite raccoons, possums, and a whole host of others to the party. Even the fencing isn't foolproof. Chucks are notorious for finding a way through barriers. A sturdy chuck barrier should be at least 2' high and 18" deep, and that's still not foolproof.

Good luck!

37 posted on 06/03/2009 9:48:41 AM PDT by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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