Some folks hate squirrels. Yeah. They consider them pests, much like opossums or moles. They call them "big rats with fluffy tails." Sure, they might steal a few seeds from the bird feeder or chew a few wires, but these animals definitely should get more love.
Squirrels are extremely intelligent. For example, they are known to put on elaborate bogus food burying displays to deceive onlookers, and the fake burials trick thieves -- such as other squirrels or birds -- into thinking that they have stored their food stock there. But they're also really adorable. But it doesn't matter whether they're having a snack or simply running up and down a tree, squirrels make everything they do look cute and silly too.
Bored Panda put together some of the best squirrel posts on the Internet to help you to appreciate these furry forest ambassadors, so scroll down, enjoy the pics, and upvote your faves.
These Squirrels Are Using The Side Of This Window For Part Of Their Nest
Squirrels come in a lot of sizes, from the African pygmy squirrel and least pygmy squirrel at 10–14 cm (3.9–5.5 in) in total length and just 12–26 g (0.42–0.92 oz) in weight, to the Bhutan giant flying squirrel at up to 1.27 m (4 ft 2 in) in total length, and several marmot species, which can weigh 8 kg (18 lb) or more.
Tree squirrels are the types most commonly recognized, often pictured and recorded gracefully scampering up and leaping from branch to branch. They can be seen everywhere from woodlands to city parks, but although they are terrific climbers, these squirrels do come to the ground in search of nuts, acorns, berries, and flowers. They also eat bark, eggs, or baby birds. But to some of them, tree sap is the delicacy.
Other species are ground squirrels -- they live in burrows or tunnels, where some hibernate during the winter season. These guys eat nuts, leaves, roots, seeds, and other plants. They also catch and eat small animals such as insects and caterpillars. However, these tiny mammals have to be wary, as they themselves are tasty morsels for a lot of animals and have very few natural defenses.
Flying squirrels are a third type of squirrel. They live a bit like birds, in nests or tree holes. And even though they do not fly, they can move across the sky really gracefully. Flying squirrels glide, extending their arms and legs and cruising through the air from one tree to another. Flaps of skin connecting their limbs to the body provide a winglike surface, which help them to leap over 150 feet. Flying squirrels aren't picky eaters and eat nuts and fruit, insects and baby birds.
Like other rodents, squirrels' front teeth never stop growing so they don't have to worry about constantly crunching on something.
Old Woman Uses A Marionette Of Herself To Feed Squirrels In The Park
I Noticed There Were A Few Squirrels In A Tree And They Were Going Crazy
After I climbed about 20 feet up a tree I noticed that they weren't fighting. They were stuck. THEY WERE ATTACHED AT THE TAIL. So I kept climbing and got these little guys into my bucket. I brought them back to the ground to try to figure out what I was going to do.
It may be hard to tell, but there are three squirrels buried in there. It seems that they made a nest out of insulation and dryer lint in a pine tree, and the sap kind of glued it to them, and them to each other.
I started pulling some of the insulation off, but it was a slow process because the sap from the tree was so thick it was pulling the hair from their little tails.
Believe it or not, they were really calm throughout the whole process. I used some warm water and scissors to help get the majority of the sap loose and the insulation off. The last squirrel was a total bro and let me take a few pictures with him.
Saw A Pregnant Squirrel For The First Time Today. I’m Not Sure What I Expected But This Exceeds All Of It
This Is Gary. I Think 5-7 Week Old Red Squirrel. I’m Rehabbing The Little Guy. His First Time Out In The Yard. He Loved It. Passed Out In The Sun
So The Other Day My Dad Called Me And Told Me His Golden Retriever Found Two Baby Squirrels That Was Half Alive In The Yard
He rescued it and fed it. This is them a few days later. Now it won’t leave his side.
When You Totally Surprise Your New Squirrel Friend Who Visits You Every Day With A Selfie
We Adopted A Badly Injured Baby Squirrel. Here's One Of The First Photos Of Him
Squirrel Fell In Love With My Stepdad
A Squirrel Has Been Stuffing This Sign Post Full Of Acorns For The Winter
My Friend Texted Me Saying She Was Watching A Squirrel Eat A Pizza In A Tree. I Said, "Pics Or It Didn't Happen." She Replied With This
Little Thumbelina Is An Eastern Grey Squirrel, Who Was Born On A Frigid March Morning
Her Momma's nest was destroyed due to nearby construction, and in a desperate attempt to keep her family safe, she crawled into a 10th story window and gave birth two tiny babies on a stranger's bed, while he was away at work. When the apartment owner arrived home, he was surprised to find two tiny pink babies resting under his pillow, amongst some dried pine needs and branches .
Although we tried for hours to reunite the babies with their Mom, she refused to take them back out into the wild with her. After some time, Mom decided she could no longer return, and the two little sisters were adopted by local wildlife rehabbers . Although, sadly one sister passed just a few hours later, tiny pink Thumbelina got a second chance to begin her new little life.
Rescued This Little Guy While Shooting Some Photos In A Wooded Area. My Dogs Adopted Him
I Filled A Tiny Tea Cup With Some Walnuts For My Squirrel Friend
This Albino Squirrel Comes To Our Door & Begs For Corn Every Day
The Day After Hurricane Irma, This Baby Squirrel Ran Straight Up To Me, Jumped Into My Hands And Passed Out. I'm Sure It Had A Rough Night
This Is Judy. She (He?) Comes To My Kitchen Window Every Day To Get Some Almonds. I Love Her (Him?) So Much. That Little Smile Makes Me Melt
New York Squirrels Will Just Tap You On Your Shoulder And Ask "You Gonna Finish That?"
My Wife Getting A Hug From A Baby Squirrel That She's Taking Care Of
I’m Stuck In The Hospital Right Now And Every Morning This Guy And His Pals Come To My Window
This Squirrel Has A Blond Tail
Everyday This Squirrel Trades Dried Leaves For Fresh Nuts At This Woman's Apartment Window
This Squirrel We've Been Feeding Has Begun Sunbathing On Our Deck Table
Man Builds Tiny Picnic Table For Squirrels
A Black Squirrel And An Albino Squirrel Eating Together In Harmony
This Wild Squirrel Made A Nest For Her Baby In Her Rescuer’s Drawer
This Squirrel Was Begging For More Popcorn After Two Girls Near Me Ran Out. He Came Over To Me And Did This Just As I Took The Photo Because I Couldn't Believe How Close He Was
Went To Start Their Grill For The First Time This Season. Stumbled On A Squirrel’s Cache
So I've Been Feeding The Squirrels Lately And This Is What I Saw At My Door When I Woke Up
This Squirrel Keeps Messing With My Cats
He Is My Sister-In-Law's Outdoor Pet And He Visits Her Hairstylists For Nuts
He is very tame and as you can see is really cute. They call him Yochen (he is a German squirrel so an "eichhörnchen").
These Two Frequent Nut Stealers Have Cool Frosted Tips
On A Recent Trip To The Grand Canyon, I Was Reprimanded For Taking This Picture. Totally Worth It
"I'll Trade You This Leaf For A Snack"
Thought This Belonged Here. Honestly One Of The Only Reasons I Wake Up In The Mornings Because I Get So Excited
Milk Drunk Baby Squirrel
A Family Of Squirrels Moved Into The Hole In My Tree
My Squirrel-Obsessed Dog Never Even Noticed
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