Massive buildings, Concrete houses, Maze of vehicles and people, people, people everywhere. These are today’s cities, far removed from solitude and peace. Our ever multiplying numbers have driven away animals and plants.
A few do withstand this change, befriending humans and adapting to city life. Crows have an unbeatable urge to survive. Over flowing dustbins and dirty streets give them plenty to eat. Dogs and cats have become our best friends, adapting to the human life style.
The most amazing animal of all is the tiny squirrel. They can find food anywhere and everywhere. Starting from nuts, fruits, rice, food grains, goes their unending list of edible foods. They are very quick animals. A big family of squirrels reside in our neighbourhood. Watching them eat is always amusing. They can finish a handful of rice grains in less than five minutes. Holding the food between their front paws, they nibble away at an amazing pace.
My parents religiously keep up with the south indian tradition of offering food to crows. but before the unfortunate crows reach this food, the squirrel family manages to escape away with a major portion of the food tucked into its big mouths.
Having lost their share of food, crows make it a point to snatch the food kept for our dogs. Dog vs crow fight is a regular feature every morning. After loosing its food to crows, our dogs have now started whining, asking for food whenever we come out of the house.
While the bigger animals whine and cry, a healthy squirrel family watches from its cosy nest, nibbling away at its never diminishing food storage.