Man Finds A Squirrel In His Driveway And Raises ItRobert Milburn was in his driveway when he noticed a tiny, hairless creature lying on the pavement. Instead of leaving it out in the cold, he decided to wrap it up to keep it warm and take it inside his home.After browsing the Internet, he found out that this small animal the size of his thumb was actually a newborn squirrel. Milburn decided to wait for its mother to return and house the baby animal in a shallow box. The mother did come back once he set the box outside, but it left again. He assumed that this was because of the newborn’s mouth deformity, which made it unable to suckle properly. So, he decided that he would raise the tiny creature himself. He fed the newborn with a  puppy formula with a syringe every three hours, around the clock. The squirrel then grew and grew, and Milburn earned a new furry companion and friend in his home. He eventually named the baby squirrel Robert “Bobby” T. Squirrel. Milburn shared the journey of him and his squirrel on his TikTok account, and everybody on the Internet admired him for taking on a newborn animal, as well as keeping him close even if the animal already has a family at the present. Image credit: robertsquirrel/TikTok#squirrel #newborn #care 
Adorable Pictures of Squirrels Being Squirrelly(Image credit: anonymoususer08)Now that it's autumn, we're seeing squirrels everywhere. They are busy gathering food to stash away for winter. In my yard, they'll find plenty of acorns and walnuts. Every once in a while, I'll find one of their stashes under the deck. But squirrels have two methods of storing food- the other way is to eat as much as possible and put on a lot of fat! That's the preferred method for the squirrel above. Below is a squirrel who took the easy way out. While his friends were stowing away nuts for the winter, he just hopped into a convenience store, grabbed a candy bar, and made off with it!
Couple Builds a Treehouse for a Backyard SquirrelThe same squirrel came to visit Shohreh and Jessie every day. They got to know her, fed her, and named her Xena. They already saw that Xena loved that one tree, so they knew she'd love a treehouse. You won't believe how fancy it is! This little squirrel house has a porch, furniture, a cheery decor, and even lights! They threw a housewarming party and invited friends, and so did Xena. Trixie also moved in, and Ginger Minj, and now there are four squirrels in the treehouse. These squirrels know a good thing when they see it. #squirrel #treehouse
The White Squirrel Capital of the WorldBrevard, North Carolina, has about people and 3,000 to 5,000 squirrels. About a third of those squirrels are white! They aren't albino squirrels, though, they are eastern grey squirrels with a heritable mutation that makes their fur white. They have dark eyes like their gray cousins, and sometimes streaks of gray in their fur. The story goes that in 1949, two white squirrels were traded from a carnival that was passing through. A Brevard resident tried to get them to breed with each other, but one escaped and the other was released, and they mated with local squirrels, passing on the mutated gene. Brevard is so proud of their white squirrels that the town has taken the title of White Squirrel Capital of the World. The town hosts the White Squirrel Weekend festival every year in late May or early June. And Brevard is a squirrel sanctuary, where they are legally protected. -via Boing Boing​(Image credit: Philippe Dekyvere) #squirrel #whitesquirrel
It's So Hot, the Squirrels are Splooting​"Splooting" is a word you may have never heard before, but it's a legitimate term for animal behavior. It means the act of lying belly-down and stretching out the limbs. Dogs, cats, rabbits, and other animals sploot for a nice stretch or to cool themselves off against the cooler floor or ground. During the current heat wave, so many squirrels in Texas have started splooting that people are noticing it. These squirrels aren't necessarily dead, or even near death. It's just a technique for cooling their midsection. It also allows heat to emanate away from a larger body surface than if they were sitting naturally.
Man Builds Movie Theater for SquirrelsJason Lenzi of Detroit went all out for our furry forest friends in a project that took months. He built an entire movie theater for squirrels! Lenzi spent $600 on materials and dedicated two months to building a tiny cinema, complete with concession stand, marquee, auditorium, and even a toilet. The auditorium doesn't have seats, but it does show a movie on an old tablet computer, ringed by sumptuous red curtains. According to the marquee, the movie is Revenge of the Squirrels (a movie Lenzi also made specifically for this project). The whole structure is rigged with cameras to capture the patrons, and baited with walnuts and fruit. You can see plenty of pictures here.
An Indoor Treehouse for a Pet SquirrelPatty Robinson found a baby squirrel with no family around, and took him him. He was so young his eyes weren't even open yet! She fed him and cared for him, and named him Bunk, expecting to set him free eventually. But Bunk bonded with her, and won't leave! Oh, he tried, but he loves Patty and decided he is her squirrel. To make Bunk's life as fun and comfortable as possible, Patty turned her home into a squirrel environment for him, complete with tree branches, cubbyholes, climbing poles, toys, and window perches to run around on. You can get a closer look at part of the interior setup in this short video, and the "tree" in this video.While Bunk is free to leave, he has chosen to stick with the good life and companionship that Patty gives him. You can see more of Bunk and his adventures at Instagram.  -via Laughing Squid ​#squirrel
Gray Squirrels in Maine Seem to be Sporting a Few Extra Holiday Ounces This YearSquirrels in southern Maine are sofluffy and fat for the winter that they are now terrorizing the neighborhood dogs. These grey squirrels are described as “chonky, chunky, big-boned and rotund” because of their roundness and big size compared to an average-sized squirrel. Beth Ditkoff, the house owner where squirrels usually visit, said that there were a lot of squirrels scampering around before, but they don't scamper anymore - they're now lumbering, waddling or plodding to the bird feeders. Some squirrels have figured out how to unlatch the feeders to get access to the seeds, whereas others simply stick their heads into the feeders to eat, then take a brief nap, and then wake up to eat again.A neighbor reported that a fat squirrel has developed the habit of knocking on her glass door to remind her that the bird feeder is empty!Furbearer biologist Shevenell Webb reported that foods for squirrels were plentiful in the summer. This could be the reason why the people are seeing such large animals or “Squirrelzillas” this year as compared to past years.Squirrels are not true hibernators. They just stay up in their nests during the winter with the food they stocked up the whole year.Jennifer Clements, a registered nurse in a care facility, said that, “Planting native plants on your property, like oak trees, is a great way to enjoy and keep our wildlife healthy in the long run.”Image Credit: Beth Ditkoff/BDN#squirrel #squirrelzilla #wildlife #autumn #Maine
Someone Called 911 When They Found 7 Baby Squirrels with Their Tails Knotted Up and the Police Came and Helped Untangle Them!This has got to be one of the strangest 911 calls that the Grand Blanc Township Police Department in Michigan has ever received. The caller told them that they found a scurry of seven young squirrels at the bottom of a tree in an unusual condition: the squirrels’ tails were entangled while they were still in their nest.Now that their nest couldn’t hold their weight anymore, all of the squirrels clung to the base of the tree but couldn’t go anywhere because they were all tied to each other.While “mama squirrel” was being watchful, the police officers and a kind citizen helped untangle and separate all seven squirrels.Their tails need time to heal and recover, but overall, they are now safe and free! All thanks to the best team effort and initiative of the cops!Image Credit: Grand Blanc Township Police Department
Squirrel Chooses Man’s Truck as Its Favorite Stocking Place for Thousands of WalnutsOnce every two years, Bill Fischer’s truck is always filled with yellow-husked black walnuts. A red squirrel is to be blamed for this hoarding of walnuts as it prepares its food supplies for the colder months.Studies show that red squirrels choose different hiding places for each kind of food to maximize retrieval and minimize losses. In this case, Fischer’s truck was chosen for the squirrel’s walnuts, and it is very consistent even if the truck was parked farther from the walnut tree.“The squirrel set a record,” Fischer said. “Most I’ve ever pulled out was four or five six-gallon buckets. This year [2021] was seven.”It might be a hassle for Fischer, but he said to The Washington Post, “With all the time taking the fenders off, what can you do but still laugh? Life is too short not to laugh about it.”#squirrel #redsquirrel #walnut #truck
Top 25 Animal Photos of CEWE Photo Awards 2021With over 606,000 photos from 170 countries submitted, the CEWE Photo Award 2021 is the biggest photo competition in the world. This year's competition motto of "Our world is beautiful," is brought to life by the winning photos in 10 categories.We're mesmerized by the shortlisted photos in the Animal category (of course, this is Supa Fluffy after all).The category winner, a herd of elephant titled "Der Clan kuschelt" or "The clan cuddles" by German photographer Josef Schwarz is shown above. The photo shows a clan of elephant huddling together, with the smallest elephants protected in the middle of the group.Take a look below at the rest of the shortlisted photos in the Animal category of the CEWE Photo Award 2021.#CEWEPhotoAward2021 #photography #AnimalPhotography #elephant