Of little interest to The Ranger, safe on his Island fastness with no grey squirrels (and plenty of red ones), this American invention will no doubt be much in demand when it is introduced in the UK.
The manufacturer’s website claims:
Hilariously funny! Amazingly effective! Squirrel’s weight on feeder activates a motor which gently twirls him off!
Needless to say, the weight of the little birdies does not have the same effect. And it is rather funny. The video illustrates it very well – with the added “attraction” of some cod Beach Boys harmonies. And if you want to buy one, don’t ask The Ranger. He doesn’t have any. Ask the makers.
(First published 2007, updated 2014 with corrected links)
Persisting with the Ranger’s long-standing interest in bizarre invertebrates, the latest addition to his virtual menagerie is this video, enigmatically titled “A shrimp on a treadmill to the tune of Benny Hill”:
This is one of the funniest things the Ranger has seen online for a long time. Which probably says something about the internet.
By Ruth D’Alessandro, The Wildlife Gardener The Wildlife Gardener is concerned that the National Trust could do a bit more to help solve the obesity crisis. The Spring issue of National Trust ‘Near You’ magazine for Kent Sussex and Surrey advertises the following activity at Hatchlands Park:
What’s wrong with that funny old-fashioned thing, a walk?
Regular readers will know how the Ranger has an uneasyrespect for waspkind. At this time of the year it’s easy to forget our yellowjacketed friends, but don’t be fooled: they are sleeping, awaiting the summer.
The Asian Giant Hornet, Vespa mandarinia
I was entertained to find, whilst reading Imgur’s ‘Best pictures of 2010’ one wasp-related graphic which I decided not to use earlier this year as, well, it’s a bit profane. In fact, very profane. But I enjoyed it so much I thought that you could probably make the decision for yourself. So if you don’t like rude words, don’t click through. This is a wasp (NSFW)
Behold the news, a radish has been caddishly assaulted and may have perished! It’s hardly unusual when making a salad, but the oddish thing about this yellowish ex-radish is the bullish wishes of the radish fetishists of the parish, who seem to cherish the dish!