Just in case you're getting tired of our series on squirrels, here's a rabbit story. (OK, so it's a rabbit/squirrel story, but at least I'm getting other animals involved. Bear with me; and no, that wasn't an animal-related remark.)
Nobey Benoit says, "Did you know that rabbits eat acorns? I didn't until I saw one eating some under an oak tree in my yard.
"I watched as a squirrel came down from the oak tree and tried to chase the rabbit away.
"The rabbit put a 'Thumper' move on the squirrel and chased him back up the tree. The squirrel came back down with a friend and still could not chase the rabbit away. All three settled down and feasted on the acorns.
"I know. Too much time on my hands…"
(Nobey sent me a photo of the trio. One of the squirrels and the rabbit seem to be trying to stare each down down, while the other squirrel has its back to them and is going about his business.)
Feed cat, starve coyote
And here's an animal story with no squirrels whatsoever in it. Rabbits, either…or bears.
Lee Faucette says, "My wife Debi and I live in the northeastern part of East Baton Rouge Parish.
"We read with interest of the 'coyote attack' in your Sept. 15, column.
"About five years ago, we were sad and perplexed, as three of our seven cats had vanished in a two-week span.
"We related this mystery to our local vet, Dr. Rebecca Wright. She asked if these cats roamed at night. 'Yes, they are outside cats,' we said.
“'Coyotes!,' she told us. 'East Baton Rouge has a large population, and they kill cats. Hungry cats hunt at night.'
"'If you cannot keep them in at night,' suggested Dr. Wright, 'feed them a can of soft cat food at dusk each evening. This will curtail their night hunting.'
"We do every evening and, have not lost another cat since. The survivors line up every evening to enjoy their feast."
Fran Taylor, of Baton Rouge, sends a nostalgia item about the days when flying was fun. (Yes, children, there were such days.):
"In 1958 my husband Ed and I wanted to give our two sons, 3 and 5, the experience of an airplane trip. So we decided that I would fly with them to our previous hometown, Meridian, Mississippi, to visit grandparents.
"We booked Delta flights from New Orleans to Jackson, Mississippi, to Meridian. But rain delayed our flight to Jackson for nearly an hour, and I was worried that we would miss our connection to Meridian.
"But when we landed in Jackson, the pilot of the plane to Meridian was waiting for us. In a Mississippi twang, he said, 'There wasn't any reason to go off and leave you; you're our only passengers!'
"We had a DC-3 to ourselves, with the cockpit door open so the boys could watch the pilots.
"A great experience, and nearly unimaginable in today's hectic flying world."
A damp shame
John Torbert says, "Mention of people from the old days on the LSU campus brought to mind a character who shall remain nameless, who was in charge of buildings and grounds and whose word was law!
"A building was being built to house some labs, and the chemists who were to use those labs insisted on safety showers. (For those unfamiliar with safety showers, once the chain is pulled a large amount of water is released — no cutting off.)
"He finally allowed the safety showers, but would not allow floor drains under them. Every time the shower was used there was a tremendous mess!
"The building is no longer used for labs, but the safety showers with no floor drains are still there."
Special People Dept.
Lloyd and Gerri Simms celebrated their 70th anniversary on Sept. 14.
Historian Russ Wise, of LaPlace, tells us this bit of little-known history:
"September 21 marked the day in 1779 that the Spanish captured Baton Rouge. The traffic was so bad they quickly gave it back."