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Sahraa the tunneler 3: Dejected, with muddy paws
28-APR-2012

Sahraa the tunneler 3: Dejected, with muddy paws

One day I went out onto the veranda and saw plants and dirt flying into the air. Sahraa had been digging a hole in a flowerbed, after I had insisted to the gardener last year that another hole had to have been done by rodents. This was proof that the culprit had been Sahraa. He filled it in. Again and again. Then one day, she had been at her favorite outdoor endeavor and had dug a tunnel. It measured one and a third meters. We don't know where she was going (China?), but she obviously had a mission. The gardener just filled it in and said it was good for her digging abilities. He suggested putting sand in the hole so she could improve her muscle tone... So at least once a week, she takes all the dirt out again and tries to make a bit more progress towards her unknown destination.

Nikon D700 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
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Fletcher Wildlife Garden06-Oct-2012 21:42
:-))) This image and the story with it, gave me a good chuckle. Wonder what she is thinking as she tunnels away! V
Guest 02-Jun-2012 22:45
Can't wait for more pictures of Sahraa.
January Grey08-May-2012 04:06
Perhaps she's been watching the gardener? Sounds to me like a good case of boredom! Poor Sahraa. Maybe she buried a bone and has yet to find it! V~
Vickie BROWN04-May-2012 17:24
Mum, I am checking the whole details, avoiding the pipes.
Great story of this series, Helen, I love this girl's pose!
janescottcumming04-May-2012 01:18
Good story to go with these three images. I like the way you composed this shot. V
Kevin Warren03-May-2012 13:45
A vote for this candid capture of Sahraa and also for her tunnelling skills.
Graeme02-May-2012 22:51
I like the story attached to this image, Helen. Quite an unusual story. V
Mairéad02-May-2012 22:44
Has she been watching 'Prison Break'?
Isabel Cutler02-May-2012 22:19
Sounds like you have a very patient gardener. Perhaps there are moles or voles in the garden and they're what she's after.