Now these are people who know and love squirrels. For many years now, researchers with the Kluane Red Squirrel Project in Canada have been studying the personality traits of red squirrels, along with other important squirrel research.
Their conclusion: Squirrels have distinct personalities, ranging from passive to aggressive. That’s not all that surprising to anyone who has ever been in close range with a red squirrel — as I note in this blog post about my favorite red squirrel, Cranky. (Cranky is my mascot of sorts — the squirrel you see at the top of this blog, too.)
So, anyhoo, I highly recommend clicking around the Kluane web site, and viewing all their squirrel camp photos on Flickr. It’s really fascinating stuff.
In an Edmonton Journal article, Kluane founder Stan Boutin explains:
“Personalities are certainly not limited to humans,” he says. “We are using squirrels as a model to try and get a feel for how personality is important to animals in general. From that, maybe humans can benefit as well.”