A Close Shave

caution_squirrelsTwo of them, actually, as first one red squirrel launched itself right under the wheels of our car, and then its friend played chicken on the road ahead. Thankfully, neither ended up squished on the road. While running over anything is never pleasant, running over a red squirrel would feel like crossing giant panda hunting with clubbing baby seals to death. Cute AND rare: never a good victim combination.

I don’t know what they’re still doing up though. There was ice on the puddles this morning, and still ice on the shaded puddles this afternoon. The sooner they get their little fluffy arses into gear and go and hibernate, the better. That way we can drive and breathe…

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12 Responses to A Close Shave

  1. 2whls3spds says:

    According to what I have read Red squirrels in the UK don’t hibernate. And if they are anything like the ones in the US they will give you an earful for disturbing them. The grays will make you wreck then celebrate…

    Aaron

  2. disgruntled says:

    yeah, you’re right, they don’t. They should learn some road safety then…

  3. yorksdevil says:

    Panda hunting sounds like a worthwhile cause. Where do I sign up?

  4. disgruntled says:

    Don’t know, but I’m willing to bet that if you drive around back country roads in China, they’ll hurl themselves under your wheels

  5. In California we’re wondering: Are the squirrels red before… or after you run over them?

    Also, in California we worry more about power outages caused by squirrels.

  6. disgruntled says:

    We missed! Though not through want of trying on the squirrel’s part.

    These are European red squirrels, of course, not your pesky American greys…

  7. psychosplodge says:

    you’ve just got it in for pandas cause steve doent like them…

  8. 2whls3spds says:

    In my part of “the Colonies” we have Red Squirrels, Gray Squirrels (quite often called Carolina Grays) and Fox Squirrels. They are all cheeky little rodents and can cause a fair amount of property damage if allowed to run amuck.

    Aaron

  9. disgruntled says:

    Sadly, our red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) don’t mix well with your greys (Sciurus carolinensis) – hence their increasing rarity. They’re damn cute though

  10. Our California gray squirrels get back at us by causing power outages and blackouts.

  11. disgruntled says:

    yes, you mentioned that already

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