Twiggy was a brand new cherry tree planted last year. He was carefully planted, watered, pruned, and painted (to indicate which variety; Twiggy was a Chelan).
But it was curtains for Twiggy.
Under that healthy veneer of shiny bark and lanky limbs was a dead tree.
Twiggy was a victim of the sneaky silent crop killer: The Gopher.
The Gopher tunnels around underground looking for a free buffet. Tender tree roots are a popular salad variety for this voracious vermin.
Twiggy and 200 defenseless companions were claimed by The Gopher this year.
Retribution will be hard and swift.
If you're a gopher, be forewarned. Your days on this farm are numbered.