It’s fall. We’re closing up outside stuff including winterizing the pond. That means we remove the filter which is located in a pit near the pond.
Originally I located it there because I didn’t want this ugly (why don’t they try to make them nicer?) thing sticking out next to my lovely pond. We dug a pit so the top was close to ground level.
Very dumb idea! You have to pull it out of the pit with the water in it. Very heavy. Now you have a hole. We bought a fake stone to cover the top and it does cover the hole but little critters can get in here.
If they fall into the deep pit, they can’t get out. I found a skeleton once and was totally freaked out. Now I make sure nothing gets in.
Yesterday we pulled the filter. We put the stone on the hole intending to put a tight cover on it today.
As I took the stone off there were four little eyes staring at me. Just what I knew would happen. Two little baby mice fell in the hole and couldn’t climb out because the sides are slick plastic. Very small and very scared. (I wanted to tell them that I was a small person but figured they wouldn’t get it anyway.)
I whipped out my “bee relocation kit” (which has gotten a lot of use this year) and in two minutes they were reunited with the free world.
Most people wouldn’t save them. They are mice. They may try to come into my house and chew something. Well, not my house, I have three cats very eager to play tag with a mouse. After that there would be no chewing on anything.
It doesn’t matter. I felt better saving two little critters from starvation.