In the U.S., January 21 is National Squirrel Appreciation Day. I don’t appreciate the way they eat all the bird seed in my feeders, but according to the National Wildlife Federation there are 10 nutty facts to make me love and appreciate squirrels:
- Squirrels can find food buried beneath a foot of snow.
- A squirrel’s front teeth never stop growing.
- Squirrels may lose 25% of their buried food to thieves.
- They zigzag to escape predators.
- Squirrels may pretend to bury a nut to throw off potential thieves.
- A newborn squirrel is about an inch long.
- Humans introduced squirrels to most of our major city parks.
- Squirrels are acrobatic, intelligent, and adaptable.
- They get bulky to stay warm during the winter.
- Squirrels don’t dig up all of their buried nuts, which results in more trees!
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And where we would be without squirrels to compare our nutty friends to? “She’s a little badger-y” or “muskrat-y” just doesn’t communicate as well as “she’s a little squirrelly!” 🙂
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