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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!

If you know me and Gracie you know we love squirrels!

Today, in honor of  the tail flipping, tree hopping, nut gnawing, flying and dog teasing critters we bring you our favorite vid, photos and tidbits about squirrels this Squirrel Appreciation Day!

Squirrels actually have a heart...here's one defending his fallen friend :(

Squirrels are very innovative and intelligent, and can navigate nearly any obstacle you create to keep them out of bird feeders (even to the tune of Mission Impossible)! 

Squirrels even like to photobomb, as seen in this great shot captured by Melissa Brandts (via National Georgraphic).

In case you were wondering: Squirrel Appreciation Day was created by wildlife rehabilitator Christy Hargrove of Asheville, North Carolina.

If you can't get enough of them outside here's a great live webcam of the SquirrelHouse.

You may not know but squirrels have brought down the NASDAQ stock market twice, once in 1987 and once in 1994.

There are lots of different types of squirrels, black ones, brown ones, red ones, striped ones....we've even seen one without a tail! If you'd like to check out photos of lots of different type of Squirrels, National Geographic has a great photo gallery.

Squirrels are featured in some fun online games (mostly involving gathering nuts :) Take a break, go play and have a great Squirrel Appreciation Day!

We'll leave you with my absolute favorite video of Squirrels, their relationship with their young and getting a little help from their 'friends.'


 Photo of squirrel courtesy of Kathleen Christiansen.

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