Peevish Pen

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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Hay, What Happened?

The hay that was baled two weeks ago at Polecat Creek Farm suffered some damage Thursday night. Two bales were scuffed up a bit and they'd been rolled close together. Hay bales do not roll close together on their own. 

One bale was completely unrolled. Bales generally don't unroll themselves.

Here's another view. That's a lot of loose hay. Notice the little zig-zag. Bales don't usually zig-zag on their own.

Even what was in the center of the bale is squashed and rearranged.

Unrolled hay generally does not rearrange itself. Obviously someone—or something—was messing with the hay. But who—or what?

Not far from the unrolled bale, we found a large pile of, er, evidence that gives us a clue to the culprit who messed with the hay.

There's also a wide place squashed in the grass leading to the woods. Obviously that's where the hay-unroller exited. 

Now the question remains: Why would a bear unroll a hay bale?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he was trying to hide his sh*t but was really bad at hay rolling and missed the target.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

That's very strange.

9:39 AM  
Blogger R.M. said...

You really don't want to know what he was doing. I can assure you it was rough.

12:40 PM  
Blogger CountryDew said...

My guess? You had a dead something rolled up in the hay bale, maybe a rat, and it attracted the bear.

2:41 PM  

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