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Someone sent this to me and I thought it cute enough to pass along.\
><< Well here's a Beet Pulp story for you.
> Well, I knew there had to be a downside to beep pulp, and thought it
> only fair that I pass it on...This afternoon I decided to bring some
> pulp pellets into the house to soak, because I wanted to get an idea
> volume they expanded during soaking. Researchers are like that,
> to amuse and desperately in need of professional help. So I trundled
>bucket, about three pounds of beet pulp, added in the water and set it
>living room to do its thing. No problem. Science in the making.
> Well, one thing I don't think I've mentioned before is that in my
>Quest to turn this house into Noah's Ark, we have not only four
>dogs, three house cats plus Squeaky the barn cat, a sulfur-crested
>a cockatiel and assorted toads, we also have William, a fox squirrel
>absent-mindedly fell out of his tree as a baby a year or so ago, and
>handed off by my vet to the only person he knew
> silly enough to traipse around with a baby squirrel and a bottle of
>in her bookbag. Being no dummy, William knew a sucker when he saw one
>happily been an Urban Squirrel ever since.
> And for those of you that think A Squirrel's Place is In The Wild,
>think we didn't try that...last year at Christmas, we thought we'd
>his first lesson in Being a Wild Squirrel by letting him play in the
>undecorated Christmas tree, and his reaction was to shriek in horror,
>frantically across the floor and go try to hide underneath the nearest
>collie. Since then, the only way he will allow himself to be taken
>hiding inside Mummy's shirt and peering suspiciously out at the
>world. So much for the remake of Born Free in San Dimas.
> Anyway, when I set out the bucket of beet pulp, I may have
>lengths that a young and enthusiastic squirrel will go to to stash all
>available food items in new and unusual hiding spots. I thought
>William out of his cage as usual and giving him a handful of almonds
>cram under cushions and into sleeping dog's ears was sufficient
>for the afternoon. After all, when I left, he was gleefully chortling
>gloating over his pile of treasure, making sure the
> cockatoo saw them so he could tell her I Have Almonds And You Don't.
> much for blind optimism.
> Well, apparently when the almond supply ran out, beet pulp pellets
>fair game and I can only imagine the little rat finding that great big
>and swooning with the possibilities of being able to hide away All
>The problem isn't quite so much that I now have three pounds of beet
>pellets cleverly tucked away in every corner of my house, it's that as
>I can tell, the soaking-expanding-and-falling-apart process seems to
>like nuclear meltdown. Once the reaction gets started, no force on
>going to stop it. So when I happily came back from the grocery store,
>do I find an exhausted but incredibly Fulfilled squirrel sprawled out
>happily up on the cat tree, I find that my house smells like a feed
>virtually every orifice is crammed full of beet pulp. This includes
>bathroom sink, the fish tank filter, in my undie drawer, in the kitty
>(much to their horror) and ALL the pockets of my bookbag. I simply
>to turn on the furnace and find out what toasting beet pulp smells
> The good news is that in case of siege, I have enough carbohydrates
>my walls and under the furniture to survive for years. The bad news is
>soon as I try to remove any of the Stash, I get a hysterical squirrel
>to my pant leg, tearfully shrieking that I'm ruining all his hard work
>he's going to starve this winter. (This is despite the fact that
>spoiled utterly rotten, knows how to open the macadamia nut can all by
>and has enough of a tummy to have earned him the unfortunate nickname
> So in case anyone was losing sleep wondering just how much final
>get after soaking three pounds of beet pulp, the answer is a living
>I'd write this New Data up and submit it as a case study paper to the
>nutrition and physiology society, but I suspect the practical
> Off to go empty the Shop-Vac. Again.
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