Squirrel Builds Massive Nest in Ford Explorer Engine

Red squirrels normally set up their nests far away from humans and other predators. But an oddball squirrel in Pennsylvania decided to make use of a Ford Explorer while the owners were away, reports the Centre Daily newspaper.

The article states “Under the hood, every nook and cranny of the engine compartment was filled with black walnuts, grasses, rope and even cotton as the squirrel built its nest there.”

Click the link above to see the amazing photo of the complicated nest.

Black Squirrels Move to England, Stirring…Racism?

The Washington City Paper blog has an intriguing article on the emerging presence of black squirrels in the U.K.

For those of you that have never seen them, black squirrels look just like greys, but are darker and have silkier hair. I think they’re prettier, and I’d been told that they were simply a genetic variant – much like the many hues of kittens that can be found in just one litter.

Apparently, however, it appears that the British press — already worried about the decimation of the local, indigenous red squirrel population (the original Squirrel Nutkin was a red squirrel) — is now fussing over the emergence of black squirrels, blaming the black squirrels as being more “testosterone-charged… fitter, faster and more fiercely competitive than both reds or greys.”

Huh?

Also: “Sex selection is also boosting their numbers because female greys appear to prefer them as mates.”

Yes, I’m starting to giggle now.

The City Paper‘s criticism: “The Black Squirrel Heads to England, Inspires Subtly Racist Science Reporting

and the U.K. Daily Mail article that is mentioned: “The pack of mutant black squirrels that are giving Britain’s grey population a taste of their own medicine

Photos – Squirrels of All Colors – Black, Red and White Squirrels

When I first moved to New York from Texas, I was shocked to learn that squirrels aren’t just grey!

There’s white squirrels:

(White squirrel, originally uploaded by shuttermo.)

¬†And black squirrels…

(BLACK SQUIRREL!, originally uploaded by Hannah Bae.)

And, red squirrels!

(Red Squirrel, originally uploaded by Bob Marshall 1.)

 

Squirrel Hero: Robert W. Gilcrease of Alaska

(Calendar6.jpg, originally uploaded by rgilcreasedatabrokers.)

In my squirrel research for this new blog, I came across a man named Robert who operates a squirrel cam in Alaska, and keeps a blog of the cam’s highlights.

Now, you might ask: Why the need for a squirrel cam? Well, this is no ordinary cam — it’s a red squirrel cam. Even more so than their gray relatives, red squirrels are nutty, smart, cantankerous and hilarious.

And they are also somewhat threatened in different parts of the world, primarily because the gray squirrel has taken over its territory.

If you’ve ever gotten to know a red squirrel — and I did this summer at my in-law’s Wisconsin cabin — you know they are special little critters, and even more entertaining than gray squirrels.

Robert has an extensive and, dare I say, breathtaking collection of red squirrel photos on his blog, web cam site and Flickr photo account: from which this photo is taken from.

Robert’s Webby stuff:
http://www.thesquirrelcam.com/index.html
http://thegreatalaskanredsquirrelcam.blogspot.com/

(I also noticed in one of this blog posts that he’s originally from South Texas. Hurrah!)