Wildlife imitates art

In chapter one of Feeder Birds, squirrels invade the feeder. Cardinal dismisses them as “rats with fuzzy tails.”  Later, he drowns one and the other birds attack it and pluck out its eyes.

Imagine my surprise when I looked out my window the other day to find this:

The feeder drawn in the panels above has moved three thousand miles, only to be invaded by actual rats.  And while Cardinal is not here to sort them out, the House Finches who frequent the feeder certainly had a thing or two to say about them.

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9 Responses to “Wildlife imitates art”
  1. ndgmtlcd says:

    Infernally cute

    From afar they look like the US cousins of Remy from “Ratatouille”. Same nice blue-gray fur.

    Part of me wants to go ooooooo, kitchy-coo, but another part knows best since here at the office I’m surrounded by epidemiologists and public health doctors and vets.

    • Todd says:

      Re: Infernally cute

      Honestly, they are relatively cute, aren’t they, especially for rats. Probably because they’re still juveniles.

  2. autodidactic says:

    Oh my god! Bold bastards, aren’t they?

    There’s a little wooden triangular fake-roof bit over the back door of our fourplex. I once literally saw fifteen young squirrels disappear into it when I went to take the garbage out.

    Minneapolis has a squirrel problem.

    (And I concur: your rats are cute… but ultimately bubonic, I’m sure.)

  3. ghostgecko says:

    Cool! Now you can start training them to do your bidding and devour people you don’t like.

    (nice tag – got many under ‘pestilence’?)

  4. greyaenigma says:

    I don’t recall if this has been asked or answered before, but is Feeder Birds available anywhere for the masses?

    (I’m still not convinced this isn’t just a publicity stunt for Ratatouille.)

  5. mikeyed says:

    I can’t wait to see cow-bird, personally.

  6. mcbrennan says:

    Wow. Mercenary rat hit-men sent cross-country to take down the west coast supply of Numbskull. That Mr. Grosbeak has operatives everywhere.

  7. Anonymous says:


    This is why there’s no feeder in my urban oasis. Card and gang can fend for themselves!