Let me start by saying that I do not, and would not purposely do anything to harm animals. They are living creatures and it’s just wrong. I don’t hunt, but I know there is a purpose for it. The animals I’m talking about are those grey and white little furry critters – Squirrels.
They’re cute and very agile: jumping between large distances, from a roof to a tree. Just watch them as they scurry across a utility wire way above the ground. They run from one side to another. Sometimes it looks like they’re going to slip and fall. Although I did see that happen once. It landed in some bushes, but I will admit, I found it amusing.
I swear the Geico commercial with the squirrels was real, especially near the end.
These cute, little creatures are rodents, the same thing as rats and mice. Most people freak out about them, but why not about squirrels? There are people that try to feed them out of their hands and wonder why they got bit. They are wild animals and not domesticated. Don’t do that!
My beef with squirrels is from stuff in my own backyard, in Colonie. We have an overabundance of them. One morning, I opened up the inside door and saw one sprawled out on the screen of the outside door. I thought someone was playing a joke, and put a dead one there. Not at all – it was alive.
My wife thinks their so cute, until they climb up the bird feeder she put in the yard, and take the bird food. We have a pool. Nothing major, just a small, above ground pool.
When we close the pool for the winter, we lower the water level. I have found some squirrels dead after we do that, because for some reason, they can’t get out after they go into it. I saw one trying to claw its way out, which just did wonders for the liner. Colonie Animal Control people and I are on a first name basis, since I always have them take them away. Then there was one that got caught in the skimmer. I saw it, and thought it was dead. I went to open it up and remove, when I saw it move slightly. Once again, it’s another call to Animal Control. He took a long pole and finally got the thing out. When he was working on it, the squirrel made the loudest scream I ever heard.
On the CBS t.v. show “Sunday Morning,” I heard about Tony Wilde. "He shoots American squirrels to keep them out of England. He thinks they are killing off the red squirrels, which were more popular in England at one time."
From conservation-issues.com, they mention how "the grey squirrel is having such a profound impact on British wildlife that the IUCN have now listed it on their list of the 100 worst invasive species globally and several other conservation groups are calling for radical steps to be taken to prevent irreversible damage being done." See, it’s not just me. Have you had any strange experiences with squirrels?