Today we spotted these two adorable little chipmunks in a cage in a petshop in Tirana! I really think that's bizarre! Chipmunks are North American wild animals, much like squirrels, but a lot smaller. I stooped down and took a couple of shots and the owner watched over my shoulder. I stood up and asked him where he got them from. "Are they Albanian?" I asked. "No" he said. "So are they from ummm Canada??" I asked hopefully. "Yes yes from Canada" he replied.
I stood there wondering how in the world did these two little creatures immigrate to Albania, of all places. How did they get here? Were they stowaways in a suitcase? Were they in cages? Surely chipmunks can't legally cross the ocean!
When I was a young girl in Canada we would often spend our vacations 'up north' at a cottage in the country and these little animals would entertain us for hours. We trained them to climb up our legs onto our laps and take peanuts out of our hands. They were often bold but never dangerous, and I thought they were the cutest things in the forest. Seeing them here in the city trapped in a small cage made me feel a bit sad, but at the same time there was something special seeing two little natives from 'my country' so far away from home, like me.
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