Wilma Wednesday: Manna

Wilma, fence

“Come see! Come come come!”

Wilma is so excited she’s almost dancing as she leads me outside to show me her new prized possession. A dead rat lies on its back in the middle of the yard.

“I found a rat!”

“You sure did.”

There are no signs of carnage: no bite marks, no blood. We live in the city and there are bound to be rats. That’s why we have coyotes. But the only rat that’s slow enough to be “found” is either sick or already dead. I’m concerned about poison.

“Wilma, where did you get this rat?”

“It came from the sky!”

“Rats don’t fly,” I say. It’s not like Wilma to lie. “Did you kill it?”

“No. It landed here.”

I look up. Ah, there’s the answer. A hawk—a Cooper’s Hawk, I think—is perched atop the telephone pole, watching us.

“Let’s go inside, sweetie. The hawk wants to come back for his rat.”

“No. It is my rat.”

“What are you going to do with a rat?”

“I will keep it.”

“Nope. Inside.” She goes when I tell her to, though I believe I hear a “harrumph.”

If that hawk doesn’t pick up his lunch, I have a task for John when he gets home.

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  1. chris - May 24, 2017 @ 04:39

    I’m so proud of what I have found and there she goes again! she’s taking a pic of me for my blog!

    • Petrea - May 24, 2017 @ 10:08

      I decided not to take a picture of the rat.

  2. Lowell - May 24, 2017 @ 07:25

    You were wise to go inside…that hawk might have decided to dive bomb you both. I think you’re right the hawk probably dropped the critter and he’s sitting on top of that pole thinking, “Rats! Why’d I have to do that?”

    • Petrea - May 24, 2017 @ 10:09

      I don’t know if the hawk came for it, but someone did.

  3. Barbara and Watson - May 24, 2017 @ 10:49

    What can I say, Wilma? Some of us are just luckier than others!

    • Petrea - May 24, 2017 @ 15:11

      Good things just come to her.

  4. William Kendall - May 24, 2017 @ 14:48

    The hawk wouldn’t have wanted to leave that behind!

    • Petrea - May 24, 2017 @ 15:12

      Yeah, I think he was willing to wait for as long as it took.

  5. Anonymous - May 24, 2017 @ 23:50

    So glad you left it there for the hawk, and that he hopefully retrieved it. Our little cat Missy used to eat entire rats in front of me, yuck.

    • Petrea - May 25, 2017 @ 09:22

      I like living among the hawks and coyotes, so I’m glad when they find food, especially since Wilma already has more than enough to eat!

  6. Lauren Kennedy - May 26, 2017 @ 06:35

    Like others, I’m glad Wilma had the smarts to leave that rat alone. Good girl!

    • Petrea - May 26, 2017 @ 08:46

      I think she’s smart! I’m not biased at all.

  7. Shelley - June 2, 2017 @ 21:57

    I’m glad the hawk came back. Before Ella, we had Basie and Fatso and they could go outdoors during the day. Fatso loved bringing gifts … I dearly wish there had been a hawk to dispose of them!

    • Petrea - June 3, 2017 @ 07:57

      I love all our neighborhood critters but most, like the hawks and coyotes, don’t introduce themselves to me. Wilma might call them names of her choosing! I’m sorry you didn’t have a hawk to utilize those gifts from Fatso.

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