A few New York City residents have started providing posh apartment-style homes to squirrels. Located about two stories high on towering trees, in prime park locations, the wooden boxes mean the little fuzzball tenants not only get a nice view, they get it for free!
“As New York apartments go, these digs are pretty spare: Just five soft pine boxes, about a foot around, nestled in trees two stories off the ground.
But for squirrels, they’re practically Trump luxury condos.”
Wait…sparse? I’m not so sure — if you built the equivalent for a human, it’d be like a studio-sized treehouse in Central Park. I’ll take that! (But I might demand indoor plumbing, depending on how cheap the rent is.)
But, on a more serious note, the article mentions a sad detail I had never thought about:
“Garvin and his wife, Sandra, started looking after the 65-odd Eastern gray squirrels who make their home in City Hall Park after the 9/11 attacks.
“That whole park was coated in white dust. The animals were dying over there, so that’s when we really got determined,” said Garvin, a biologist who declined to give his age.”