Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!  »

That’s right people, it’s Squirrel Appreciation Day! Hurrah! In celebration, I bring you the wonder that is the squirrel. From an old BBC video with an amazing soundtrack, we have a squirrel dominating an obstacle course!

[Can’t see the video? Watch it onĀ!]

I’m reading and the National Geographic squirrel page and I’ve collected some great facts for yous guys!:

  • There are more than 200 kinds* of squirrels in the world, though none in Australia.
  • The common squirrel can run between eight and ten miles an hour at full speed, which is pretty good considering their tiny, adorable legs.
  • Their favorite foods are nuts and sunflower seeds.
  • Besides making little churping noises to communicate, a squirrel’s tail says stuff too!: “The most common tail gesture is the “flicking” which means “get away!”” Adorbs.
  • Squirrels in the wild live about to about 6 or 7, in captivity they can live up to 20 years. Most grey squirrels die before they are a year old though, from getting hit by cars. Sad face.
  • The largest type of squirrel reaches three feet head to tail; the smallest, five inches.
  • The largest concentration of squirrels in the US is in Washington, DC. They have black squirrels in DC too! I used to see them all the time.
  • While flying squirrels don’t actually fly, they can glide over 150 feet. Dang!

Lastly, we have their size relative to a tea cup—thanks National Geographic, you quirky bastard!

Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day, go feed your friendly neighborhood squirrel! But make sure any nuts you give them are unsalted—salt is bad for them. If you’re going for extra credit, build them a little squirrel house!

*Notice I didn’t say, ‘species,” that’s because I don’t believe in that concept. It’s a terrible way to understand evolution!

[photo by alphakilo2bravo]

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