Tag Archives: invasive species

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It's been a while since I've updated you on the latest squirrel news, and there's a lot to say!

How did this squirrel get on a plane?

customsA stowaway on a flight from Costa Rica, this baby squirrel was turned over to US Fish & Wildlife. What happens to foreign squirrels? This one is going to be rehomed by the Houston Zoo.

 

 

 

 

 

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Squirrels and crime

A man was arrested for heroin possession after he was reported chasing squirrels with a stick in Boise, Idaho.

Police were called when a grey squirrel refused to get out of a woman's handbag in England. The police officer then committed a crime himself, when he released the invasive squirrel back into the wild (law requires that they should instead be "humanely dispatched").

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And in the pet squirrels are a bad idea column...a woman in Texas (oh Texas) was bitten by her neighbor's squirrel, B.B., needing stitches and antibiotics after the attack. Keeping a squirrel as a pet is actually not legal in Texas (at least not without some paperwork). The good news: squirrels don't typically carry rabies.

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Squirrels are newsmakers! They are in the news ALL THE TIME but you might be missing out. So I present you with "This week in squirrels."

Squirrel buries nut in...dog?

This video has some nice footage of the paw manipulations that squirrels perform when they find a nut, as well as the innate caching sequence behaviors (like digging, pushing (or tamping) the nut in with their teeth), and covering the nut with substrate....oh, wait, Bernese Mountain dog fur works too? Check it out!

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