When I was an undergrad at UC Davis, I worked for a professor who studied ground squirrels. Initially, I found this quite amusing. Who in their right mind would study squirrels?! Once I started collecting data for him and doing literature reviews, I began to realize just how amazingly resilient squirrels are. Those animals so often viewed as nuisances in our yards, have actually been around for over 36 million years! Yes, squirrels are rodents, but they are intelligent rodents, able to remember others they have met (including humans that feed them), keep track of their nut storage areas, and specifically identify snakes they encounter, understanding which are dangerous and which might make for a good snack. Squirrels are even able to mimic bird calls that indicate a predator is in the area. Fascinating creatures!
So while I admit to finding it mildly irritating when the squirrels in my neighborhood run the fence-line agitating my dogs (and when they bury and rebury acorns in my yard), I am also happy to celebrate their diversity and ingenuity on January 21st, National Squirrel Appreciation Day. And what better way to celebrate squirrels than with a round up of our favorite squirrel-themed memes!
Don’t let that cute face fool you. Squirrels are mischievous!
You probably shouldn’t leave your drink unattended either.
And you should definitely keep that bird feeder filled.
Or maybe make them work a bit harder for those snacks.
But while they may seem demanding…
And a bit, well, nutty…
You don’t want to underestimate their power,
Or their tolerance for humans.
So while they are entertaining and amazing,
The bottom line is that they are pretty darn adorable,
Even when they are crashed out in your garden.