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Any animal is 'drity' if it bites you, Dogs, cats, rats, ferrets etc are all likely to cause nasty infections. I don't believe squirrels are any worse than other animals.The moral of course is leave wild animals alone, look but don't touch..

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I have been bitten twice. Jack Russells, different dogs, on each occasion. Both were extremely fussy and enjoying being stroked and spoken to, until I turned my head to speak to their owner. Then I felt teeth in my hand!  Not serious bites but I wouldn't trust small dogs. Big dogs seem less sneaky.

 

Surprisingly, I've never been bitten by a cat. Considering the medication I've given them over the years, I've occasionally been scratched and growled at but never bitten.

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I once had a cat that would let you fuss it but once it had enough it would bite my nose, not hard but just to let you know you were ruining his street cred!

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I used to watch a program called,  "The Dog Whisperer."  Don't know if it ever ran in the UK.  It was about training dogs.  The trainer said, if your dog is doing something you don't like, don't yell at him.  Just turn your back on him to show your disapproval.  Good idea,  thought Loppy with his brand new Beagle. So the next time he annoyed me I just said, bad dog, and turned my back on him.  He ran at me and bit me on the butt.  Not much more than a pup, small teeth, so  didn't go through my pants or my skin, but he meant it, and I've never done it again.:Shock:

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1 hour ago, Deepdene Boy said:

If grey squirrels were eradicated, you would see a return of our native red squirrels.

 

Perhaps we should eradicate cats to save the 27,000,000 birds they kill each year.

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4 hours ago, Jill Sparrow said:

He wouldn't have dared to do that to Barbara Woodhouse!!  

We lived just along the road from Barbara Woodhouse’s daughter Judith in Wingrave, Bucks many years ago, never saw Barbara though so a pointless name-dropping comment!  

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2 hours ago, Brew said:

 

Perhaps we should eradicate cats to save the 27,000,000 birds they kill each year.

 

Yes, because the numbers of cats is far higher than it would be if they were left to fend for themselves.  So those of us who claim to be environmentalists, yet keep Cats.. which we let out everyday on a killing and shitting spree.... might want to think that through....

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1 hour ago, LizzieM said:

We lived just along the road from Barbara Woodhouse’s daughter Judith in Wingrave, Bucks many years ago, never saw Barbara though so a pointless name-dropping comment!  

 

But it has to be done Lizzie!

 

Wingrave Eh?  Proper posh that.. I lived for a while in High Wycombe. in pursuit of the lovely Holly...  who escaped me. Almost. ... 

 

I loved Bucks... a beautiful county.

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12 hours ago, Beekay said:

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Where all the best Nottstalgians eat or should do.

 

Ohh come on... It's not a patch on the Lime Kiln!!!

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10 hours ago, Deepdene Boy said:

If grey squirrels were eradicated, you would see a return of our native red squirrels.

Are the red ones less toxic, bitewise, than the grey variety?

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According to the RSPB, far more birds are killed by motorists than by cats. I am owned by cats and I also drive a car, so guilty on both counts but to my knowledge I have only ever hit one pheasant which  ran out of the hedge on the North Yorkshire Moors.

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Not ran over many animals over the years,,and always upset me when i did,,,,first time was back in the sixties ,,taking a girl (christine) from Mansfield to Blidworth Bottoms''...........ran over a large Rat.........really upset me,,,even took Christine straight home...........

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One occasion I remember many years ago, I was driving on a country road near Kegworth. Went round a bend and I saw a rabbit sitting in the middle of the road minding its own business. As there was no other traffic, I centred the car over the rabbit with the wheels either side, and drove over him without touching him.

 

As I drove on, I looked in my mirror and the rabbit was still sitting there, probably thinking “what on earth was that just went over my head?”

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Not quite squirrels and cat but I  once ran over a big black Bullock. On my way to Boston with 26 tons of coal,

and just gone through bright sunny area into a tree covered road. It was just like turning out a light. Two bullocks escaped from a field on my left and straight in front of me. Tried to drive round them but one dozy bugger swapped sides and I  hit him full on. He went spinning off into the ditch. I managed to come to a stop but unable to steer or restart. My uncle eventually came out and it transpired I  needed new steering rams, radiator, water pump etc., just to get me going. Reported when I  got back that it didn't  feel right. On examination, the cab mounting had been bent back 4.5inches. Lots more to this story.

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50 Million £'s  worth of Jewellery Burgled from house of Bernie Eccleston'e's daughter in London,,,,,,shame init.......lol

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Snakes make an exploding sound when you run over them, killed a couple of foxes when I lived down under, I thought I'd done some serious damage with one, no, just a couple of spots of blood. Bats hitting the windscreen scare the crap out of a person, you don't see them until just before impact, killed dozens of birds, unintentionally!! Ran over the odd rabbit, even a cat once, it ran across the road, must have been on it's last life, mad a rattling sound when it got caught in the drive shaft. Never lost any sleep over them, felt sorry for the birdies though.

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23 hours ago, Jill Sparrow said:

 

 

Filthy creatures, we are. We pollute, we destroy, we poison and we breed incessantly. We need getting rid of for the sake of the once beautiful planet we are exploiting to destruction.

YOU are Spot on Jill,,,,

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I was driving home in the early hours some years ago and, passing a lonely churchyard, was startled by a white shape in front of my windscreen. A barn owl! It didn't touch the car, just brushed the glass with its wings. A most beautiful bird. I've seen them at other times but never at such close quarters. I consider myself very privileged to have had that experience.

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Where I lived in Rossington there was only one row of houses behind us and then open farmland, woods and a river (not the Don can’t remember its name). There was a service road between the two rows of houses. Every night about 11 o’clock a barn owl used to fly from the field and down the service road. I very often used to go into the back garden to see it, it used to make the boys jump as it made no noise as it was flying just suddenly appeared overhead.

There were also a pair bustards (is that the right spelling) which were released, into the wood possibly, we used to see them flying about and they nested and had offspring. There were kestrels there as well. Used to love to see them hovering and then hurtling to the ground when they saw something.

The pit also had a pair of nesting kestrels/sparrow hawks, can’t remember which, that came back every year. It was always in the newsletter when they arrived and when they had young ones. Don’t know what happened to them as the pit was demolished and there is now a housing estate where it used to be.

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