August 25, 2008

Cute to the 5th Power

Yesterday the. . . *sigh*. . . wife. . . and I went for a walk. Up the street about 10 houses along or so, we encountered a neighbor who was being followed diligently by a baby squirrel. Honest to Zeus, it was the cutest damned thing I've seen in ages.

Apparently, the neighbor couple was having breakfast that morning when this baby squirrel started climbing their sliding door screen, attempting to seek entry. They didn't want to encourage it, but at the same time they didn't want to banish it with a hose, either. So, they put out some breakfast scraps and some water, and that was EXACTLY the formula necessary for winning the heart of a baby squirrel.

Of course, even though the squirrel was bound and determined to maintain close contact with its new human overlords, the human overlords (ourselves included) weren't quite so willing to allow the squirrel to touch us, since we're not all that keen on rabies and such.

So, I used an empty Diet Pepsi bottle to "pet" the squirrel, which apparently delighted the squirrel to no end; it sprawled out on its back and playfully boxed at the bottle almost exactly like a cat.

Mere words cannot convey how ridiculously cute that squirrel really was. I'm going to walk by again tonight and try to get a picture.

Posted by Ryan at August 25, 2008 08:54 AM | TrackBack

While you can get rabies from a squirrel, it hasn't happened in the states since the 50's. You are more likely to get tularemia from a bite, or plague from the fleas.
In case you are wondering, yes, I was recently bitten by a squirrel that I was stupidly feeding even though there were signs everywhere not to. It split my thumb wide open, and while I was cleaning it the ranger comes by, says you weren't feeding the squirrel were you and I say yeah, and she asks if I need first aid stuff and I tell her no, I'm an EMT and I have everything I need and she says well, you of all people should know better. Insult to injury.
(Yes, my family has voted me most likely to die stupid)

Posted by: Donna at August 25, 2008 02:03 PM
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