This is one of the finest things I have recently read on the LttD.
There is much We can learn from our fellow friends (non-human animals).
There are mothers who won't even feed their young, mothers who drown their young in bathtubs...I need not go on with the horrific things We all know Human mothers have done to their young.
My Father has an infinity towards squirrels (and like Myself all animals). I have bird feeders and even put corn out (the hard cobs) on a squirrel feeder for the fuzzy little critters.
I have two large windows in My living room that face one of My many trees and it's quite entertaining to watch these two squirrels scamper up and down the tree. They make mind boggling jumps and are so darned cute.
Back to dear ol' Dad. My dad has nuts in his pockets (not just the ones he was born with either). He actually carries Walnuts, etc. and throws them out into My yard for the squirrels. They had become so accustomed to this that he almost got one to take a nut out of his hand.
I call My Dad Grizzly Adams, and yes, he did used to have a beard.
Congrats on your recovery and for keeping an eye out on that little fuzzy family.
I wonder how your neighbor would feel if someone were to dunk his head in the creek and keep it there?
There is so much to learn by simply watching non-human animals. This is perhaps the reason I like animals more than I like most people. They are great teachers and fearless protectors/providers for their young and self.
Now this isn't necessarily an 'animal' but an insect I have a great deal of respect for: The Ant