Best Friends: U.K. Park Ranger and Baby Squirrel

A baby squirrel at a park in Great Britain has taken quite a liking to park ranger Mark Swift.

“When I first spotted him, he was in the middle of the park just standing there. I went over to see if he was alright, thinking that he would run away but he just stood there, and when I started walking away, he followed me. I picked him up and then we were inseparable, it was so surreal.”

Cute pictures, full story, here: A squirrel’s gone nuts over ranger Mark.

It’s Baby Squirrel Season, So Trim Trees Carefully

The Santa Cruz, Calif., Sentinel has an important reminder for those getting ready to trim trees:

“Spring is just a few weeks away and squirrels have already built their nests and are having their young. It is also a time when many of us trim trees and branches.

If at all possible, please postpone trimming trees and branches with nests in them. Wait until the babies, called “pinkies,” are old enough to leave the nest on their own. An average nest has from two to four squirrel babies but may have as many as six.”

The article also has good tips on how to build an artificial squirrel nest, and what to do if you do accidentally knock a squirrel nest out of a tree.

Squirrel Stories: SQUIRREL IN DA HOLE!

Baby Squirrel, originally uploaded by K. Rattray.

Cute photo, huh? Thanks K. Rattray!

Anyway, here’s a squirrel story about how squirrels can serve as a distraction from the boring office life:

From Suzanne, of St. Paul, Minn:

“When I worked [exact location redacted] with my friend Rachel, we used to send many emails back and forth during the day tracking the progress of the squirrels that lived in the building across the street. We sent emails with the subject “SQUIRREL IN DA HOLE!” to let the other one know when one was popping its head out of the little hole in the roof that was used as their homebase.

We also once witnessed a baby squirrel FALL from the roof. Our gasps and “Omigod!” gave away our secret love of the squirrels across the street. I also once posted something on craigslist called “An Ode to my friend, the Squirrel.” I don’t think I ever saved a copy of it but…wow, does that make me a little creepy?”