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Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2018 1:36 p.m. PST

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All those billions waisted on tanks and bullets, should just have carpet bombed Germany with squirrels in tiny parachutes.

Timmo uk10 Aug 2018 1:55 p.m. PST

I'd have given in and brought him home to look after but then I like little animals. Amazed the police attended.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2018 2:10 p.m. PST

I've lost track of how many times I was walking the dog when she goes "SQUIRREL!" and lunges. The scrape on my left arm where she dragged it across a cinder block wall is healing nicely.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2018 2:11 p.m. PST

Did you ever hear about how the German in WW2 destroyed their own Potato crop. There's a bug called a Colorado Potato Beetle, It hell on Potatoes.

Well the German go wind that we were going to drop them on Germany. So to test if it was possible, So they tried dropping the beatles by air on a test field. It didn't seem to work. The next year the Beetles wiped out the whole of Germany's crop.

The Allies never even came up with uses them as a weapon.

28mm Fanatik10 Aug 2018 2:14 p.m. PST

What total BS. It's common knowledge that squirrels are afraid of people and would never approach unless they smell nuts or acorn. And in such cases they would approach cautiously and on the alert. If you try to get close to them they would bolt for the nearest tree.

The only thing they voluntarily chase is each other, when one squirrel is encroaching on the turf of another, squeaking and squealing all the way. How do I know all this? I have observed them many times at my local park.

Legion 410 Aug 2018 2:38 p.m. PST

As have I in may wooded backyard … evil grin And they ain't the only critters back there ! huh?

RittervonBek10 Aug 2018 3:01 p.m. PST

We have a domestic infestation of grey bears with blue noses……..

Dn Jackson10 Aug 2018 8:12 p.m. PST

I was living in Massachusetts in the 90s engaged to a girl at wellsley. A friend of hers had rescued a baby squirrel and kept it as a pet. Man, if I'd been single and had that squirrel it would been awesome. Talk about a girl magnet. Women came running across the quad when we were outside with it.

bsrlee11 Aug 2018 4:03 a.m. PST

Check for Toxoplasmosis infection, among other things it removes the fear reaction in rodents – and most other mammals but it takes longer. In humans, it usually appears in teenagers.

Walking Sailor12 Aug 2018 9:04 a.m. PST

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I worked in a park one winter. I began leaving pieces of granola bar (energy bar, nut bar) in a low crotch of a tree. With-in two months, as I approached the tree, the squirrel would come across other trees and come down to meet me. It would take food from my hand.

WARNING Hold what you are feeding a squirrel with your thumb and fore-finger at 3 and 6 o'clock. A squirrel's teeth are very sharp! The squirrel will bite downwards into what you are feeding it. If you are holding the food with your finger at 12 o'clock and your thumb at 6 o'clock, the two front teeth will come down into your thumb. Hold what you are feeding a squirrel with your thumb and fore-finger at 3 and 6 o'clock.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2018 9:30 a.m. PST

What total BS. It's common knowledge that squirrels are afraid of people and would never approach unless they smell nuts or acorn. And in such cases they would approach cautiously and on the alert. If you try to get close to them they would bolt for the nearest tree

It was a baby squirrel, all mammal babies are curious and don't have the natural fear the adults have.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2018 5:49 a.m. PST

Also look up imprinting, a common phenomena. Baby or very young squirrels will imprint on humans which appears to be the case here.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2018 7:56 a.m. PST

Squirrels on the Penn State main campus could be hand fed way back in the 70s.
At least that fat little one that time.
He (she?) knew the drill. I tossed a peanut at one about 20' away. Closer and closer.
She even pried my fingers apart with her "hands". Immediately afterwards, it occurred to me that that was a pretty dumb thing to do on my part. I was lucky I didn't get a big chomp out of my fingers and it would have been my fault.
It also occurred to me that she had done this before.

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