BON JOVI - an Eastern Grey Squirrel with a ginger coat and caramel eyes in the summer. In the winter her fur was frosted with blonde tips, the reason for her name. She was living in Maplewood Park in Mississauga Ontario until October 21st 2016. Age unknown, but possibly the mother of twin black squirrels with ginger tails, their whereabouts are unknown.
For those of you who have heard the sad news on Instagram or Facebook, I apologize, but I feel I need to share it with everyone or I may never heal. Do you remember my mention of the horrible man with the slingshot? I ran into him on October 21st.
Well I had't seen my beautiful Bon Jovi since that day. I spent days and days combing the woods and park searching for her, but it wasn't until the leaves fell off the trees that I was able to see her broken body slumped over a branch.
The damage to her was such that it was obviously not done by a predator, and she had been there like that for some time. That wretched man had murdered her that day, before I had a chance to chase him away. He was standing only a few yards from her body when I chased him off, and I didn't even realize it. I can't help but wonder... if only I had arrived a couple of minutes earlier??????
How can someone be so cruel? She never hurt anyone. She wasn't digging up gardens or eating someone's bird food, she was an innocent being, a one of a kind creature, and my heart is so heavy.
How do you look at that face and look into those eyes and NOT see a living being, a soul and a friend! It's beyond my ability to reason! I have lost other squirrels before to sickness and I miss them very much, but this just feels so much worse. I haven't been out to The Shire since I found her body, so I will be showing older photos for a while, until I can brave looking at the world without anger and disappointment.
Thank you for listening to my story and I hope I didn't get you too down, or put you off too much. I will leave you with one last thought for the day and send my hugs to all of you for your support and kindness.
"Real men know that showing kindness to the innocent
does NOT show weakness,
but rather shows a more important strength...
a strength of character that does not weaken with age."