Power outages and more
Squirrels caused people to lose their power in
Grand Rapids, MI, Topeka, KS, South Strand, SC, Grand Island, NE, North Fargo, ND, Montreal, and Signal Hill, CA, and just to stick it to the man a little bit more, squirrels took out police surveillance cameras in Newark, MD.
Squirrels…they’re just like us…they can:
Carry a large towel up a tree
hang from their back legs (okay, we can’t do this very well)
sit on swings…
sit on even more swings!
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August 17, 2015
Squirrels world-wide have apparently been on a collective, crazy, aggressive rampage:
Animal control was called to the scene near Kansas City, when three squirrel attacks were reported in one 24-hour period, including one incident that sent a victim to the emergency room.
A German squirrel
was “arrested” for chasing a woman, only to be fed honey and apples once officers realized he was just exhausted.
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July 20, 2015
Squirrels are busier than ever, with recent power outages reported in
Hingham, MA, Louisville, KY, Roanoke, VA, Lubbock, TX, Dayton, OH, Everett, WA, Kingston, NH, Meriden, CT, College Station, TX (officials said the squirrel was “electrocuted”), and Piedmont, AL, where the mayor held up the fried squirrel for display.
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June 30, 2015
All weekend long! #SPARCS2015
Once a year or so, there's a canine science conference, and it's happening again this weekend.
You can live stream the whole thing FOR FREE!!! DO IT!! Or at least drop in for a few talks. This year's speakers include Katheryn Lord, Hal Herzog, James Ha, and my friend @DogSpies will be there too!
I've reported on many power outages caused by squirrels, and now
I have been the victim of one.
Cats and Squirrels is off to the Big Apple for a six-day-vacay! Back next week!
Human Vs. Squirrel: It’s a Never Ending Battle
Squirrels can get into enough trouble on their own, but somehow, involve a human, and someone is going to get hurt (usually the human)
Someone made the mistake of offering his hand to a squirrel in the Grand Canyon.
The squirrel bites him. Then a bunch of other tourists try to pet the same squirrel. Just sayin.’
This man went to claim his bicycle, only to find a squirrel
with the same idea in mind. The squirrel made a go for his GoPro, too.
And for the second time in a few weeks, a squirrel has “
gone wild” in the NY subway system. They must know I'm headed there.
Squirrels and crime
A man told a couple that squirrels had damaged their roof and he’d be happy to fix it…just pay up front please! The couple got some cash, the man took it, and needless to say,
no squirrels were actually involved.
A squirrel in NYC bit a subway worker when she tried to shoo him away…perhaps the squirrel was late for his train? Paramedics took the worker to the hospital for treatment.
Several animals, including a gray squirrel, were seized from a couple in Savannah, Georgia. Police had a search warrant, although it’s not clear why.
It's been over a month since I updated you on squirrel news, and it appears that squirrels have been very busy since then.
historical Derby Summer House in Massachussetts is in critical state, due to damage ccaused by squirrel chewing. Subsequent water damage and squirrel poo equals over $200K in repairs needed to be done.
Squirrels also seem to like a Nebraska City building that houses the passport office and juvenile services.
Nests and squirrel poo were found above the ceilings throughout the building, leading to a major cleanup and remodel.
house fire near Chicago was caused by a burning squirrel nest in the attic: was the squirrel drunk and smoking in the nest?
driver swerved to avoid a cat chasing a squirrel and hit a fire hydrant. No word on if the cat or squirrel were okay.
People were not so lucky in Florida, where
a squirrel caused four car pile-up and a death, after a driver stopped in traffic to avoid hitting the rodent.
Squirrel-related deaths in history:
60 years ago a boy was killed by squirrel poison on a Northern California island.
Adding to the list of diseases that squirrels may carry (such as
West Nile and the Plague…) squirrels have now been identified as carriers of Lyme disease. And this is just one reason you should not pet wild squirrels!
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May 12, 2015
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?
A 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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March 30, 2015
A shockwave was sent through Britain when
a man “photo-bombed” a news report, walking past with a dead squirrel.
Later it was revealed that
the squirrel is part of an upcoming comedy program, featuring comedian Kim Noble. I have to admit I’ve never heard of him, perhaps he is hoping the squirrel will give him his lucky break.