Something was eating my pond plants. My beautiful water lilies, marsh marigold, parrot’s feather — almost all gone!
I wasn’t sure what was eating it. I couldn’t develop a solution without knowing what did it.
Some people suggested raccoons or opossum but I haven’t seen either one lately and never in the pond. A groundhog leaning in from the edge could be the culprit but the damage (pots overturned) seemed a little extreme.
Someone recommended a humane animal relocation person. How could I call and ask for his services if I didn’t know what it was? Would the bait be different? How about the cage size?
We bought an infrared camera to capture the wild nightlife that goes on in my yard when I sleep. Obviously a bar opens and a band plays. I am not invited. There should be a cover charge for these party animals. They are noshing on my goods and having a drink too.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think it was deer!
That would be a HUGE cage!
My pond is small – 5 foot by 11 foot. It’s 28 inches deep at the deep end and slopes to an area that is 6 inches deep. The bottom is not easy to navigate with bricks, stones, pumps and whatnot down there.
As they say, the truth is in the pudding. I have 79 photos that captured the party in full swing. Here are the best of them in black and white.
These pictures were taken around 4 a.m. For perspective, this is how my pond looked before the feasting started.
Now that she is named, I wonder if I have to get deer chow for her.