The PVC cage had a ziptie in the corner come off...we did not know it.
The cut tree is NOT the first tree he climbed however. That was the fourth. The first one I thought I might be able to climb up after him. I got about 10' up and the branches were pretty thin!
I climbed back down. Sent up fast moving projectiles...(.22s to be exact)...to break branches. This worked well...until the branch fell...onto another branch. He just climbed right back up...onto the sunny side of the tree to bask some more.
So by the fourth tree...we realized we were going to have to cut the tree down. This tree is part of our windbreak on that side of the house...one of six.
I did not notice at first that this happened today. Fun Good Friday huh?
Either those branches were rather small or you are very patient to even try to cut down branches with a 22. But the Remington rounds I use do take out 1.5 inches in diameter at the back of a 2x4 when fired from a 6 inch barrel. And if you miss with anything larger that bullet is going for miles.
Not all pastic mesh is suitable for igs. I used black bird mesh from a garden center that, when he wanted out of his cage, Bob broke right through.
Ya...fun Good Friday...get the day off paid...and I'm chasing down a non-compliant ig...
He's fine...sassy...crapped in his cage as soon as he was put in it. Thank goodness he waited to do THAT!
The mesh I use is a heavy extruded plastic. Very durable...used for fisheries...lasts a very long time. It was the ziptie that gave out for me...my fault completely. I didn't check to make sure it was still in one piece, but the female ig WAS using it inside up until last weekend when she went to her new home. Thought it was fine. It must have been snapped off when hubby and daughters boyfriend moved it back outside.
Congrats on the safe capture... (note to self... keep her away from the pines..lol) We have HUGE pines around here... limbs dont start till about 50 ft up..lol...If she gets up one I'll call mark..he already admitted to having the equipment to climb with...
Holy cow! What an experience that must have been! I think Id have been too scared to cut down the tree for fear he'd get hurt during the fall. and to think, when I put Thrasher in a tree, the first thing she does is head right back DOWN! crazy lizards!
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Post by prism_wolf on Apr 10, 2004 11:45:26 GMT -8
I was worried about the tree injuring Zair also...but I had no choice. I don't have the equipment Mark has...couldn't find a long enough stick to lure him down with grapes...and it was turning into evening with temps getting cold at night.
The top of the pine tree was very kooshy...and he's a big healthy boy... ;D I wonder if igs get butterflies!?
You better believe I checked him over good. I'd rather have an injured ig than a dead one from the still cold nights here in NW TN...or one of the hawks snacking on him for breakfast, lunch AND dinner.