36 Hours of Pandemonium

I think this is where we left things off just a short 36 hours ago. Happy Feet decided, despite my recommendations, to head off our property, across our neighbor’s back yard, across an easement/causeway, and got as far as a creeklet. That kind of stymied it.

Happy Feet was bound and determined to get to his parents roosting location, on a high marsh island. The operative word here is ISLAND.

Hmmmmmm........
Hmmmmmm……..???? What? Water?  A moat? Salt water? This is not what I expected…
The tide is out but no one is giving me any advice or directions. There does not appear to be any ferry service....
The tide is out but no one is giving me any advice or directions. There does not appear to be any ferry service….or a bridge…
I STILL do not want to come home...
No. I STILL do not want to come home…
I am a wood owl, NOT a shore bird...Pluff Mud? Are you serious?
I am a wood owl, NOT a ‘shore bird’…Pluff Mud? Are you serious?
Tide is coming in fast
Tide is coming in fast. I am up the creek without a paddle…

And the high ground is at least 15 feet to the right of Happy Feet. It is wet and can’t even fly when its wings are nice and dry. Happy Feet is in the deep end of the ocean with a rip current. It is dusk. What to do?

I march back to the house to get boots, gloves, blanket, the box and help. My husband, Scott, and my Dad, Lou, agree that Happy Feet is going to drown without lifeguard assistance. So.

Back-in-the-box!
Back-in-the-box!?!
It was a really long, interesting journey. I can totally relate to the Geico Gecko...
It was a really long, interesting journey. I can totally relate to the Geico Gecko…
Back in the tree? After that long journey? Crap. Déjà vu all over again..
Back in the tree? After that long journey? Rats! Déjà vu all over again. I hope Mom and Dad know where I am. I am really, really hungry!

Mom and Dad DID know where Happy Feet and MiniMe were. They flew in with big juicy, headless rats for dinner. And we thought everything was OK. But….

We were wrong. This is a preview of what happened at about noon today.

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As I have said in previous posts, I cannot keep up! So this brings us up to noon today since about noon yesterday. 24 Hours. (Sounds like a TV show). Well in the next 12 hour period since the above photo was taken, is another really long….long….story.

And I am only covering the highlights.

So much to explain...
So much still to explain…
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