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squirrels are smart

we don't have these kinds of squirrels where I live. We have the little kind, ground squirrels that look like miniature prairie dogs...but they live at the zoo and in the desert, not in my backyard.

We had kangaroo rats in the backyard for about a minute. I guess they lived that long. Cats lined them up all dead and stuff.

I do like squirrels, and watched them at my mom's feeder in Michigan. They were clever, but not as smart as these British squirrels.


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Oct. 16th, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)
Awww...They are so adorable and super clever!
Oct. 16th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
Hahah, wonderful! I suppose if he's going to get treats he should work for them, right? He's about ten times as good as anybody on American Gladiators :D The part at the end where he robs the vending machine is the best.
Oct. 16th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
Very cool but it always makes me sad to see footage of grey squirrels in England. They are not native to England -- it's a case of a so-called controlled import escaping and pushing out our native red squirrels who can't compete.

It's like what the feral cat population, imported into the country by people, is doing to the indigenous animal population in Australia.
Oct. 16th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh that made my day!! *loves squirrels*

And Michigan is crawling with them as you must know. Especially now that they're all out burying their nuts for the winter.

...that sounds dirty.
Oct. 17th, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
That was great! Man, I love squirrels so much! When I was about 13, my brother was the life-guard at a local pool. There was this one squirrel who would always come and take food from us(Austin named him Peabody). He would eat anything - he even managed to take an entire bag of Sun Chips up the tree once! The only thing he couldn't get up the tree was an apple. He kept getting about half way up and dropping it.
Oct. 17th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
Perfect timing! I am so glad you posted this as my husband just asked me the other day if squirrels were smart. I told him I'd seen a special about all the neat obstacle courses they build in Britain to have fun with their squirrels. Now I can show him!

He has a girlfriend squirrel who comes in the garage when RK is working on his car and takes peanuts out of RK's hand. She is getting quite bold. I guess she'll have a well fed but short life. I'm afraid she'll approach the wrong person or pet.
Oct. 17th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't worry too much about his girlfreind squirrel. I think she may be smart enought to distinguish your peanut-giving husband from the local "Dennis the Menace" who has a slingshot in his back pocket! LOL

I struck up a friendship with some squirrels when I was in college. I had to ride the bus, so I had lots of time to kill as I waited for class to begin. Because there were several huge pecan trees in the yard where I was rooming, I filled my bookbag with nuts every morning and handed them out while I waited. After a few weeks, squirrels would be lined up waiting for me at my favorite bench and as soon as I sat down they would come to me. The "king" squirrel actually sat on my knee and vigorously defended me from all other squirrels. I felt sorry for them as he vigorously chased them all up the trees. Then he came back and sat on my knee, demanding a nut.

After a while I drew an audience of other students. I did not like being in the center of attention (some took pictures of me and the squirrels), and all the extra humans annoyed King while he was trying to eat. One day he chattered at them and peed on me, angrily insisting they keep their distance. After that I did not sit for squirrels anymore. I just threw the nuts down and sat on another bench. I did not want squirrel pee on me every day, royal urine or NOT!
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