No, I didn’t name him that, Merbear did. Nutty’s made himself at home in her tree, and she sought to get a picture of him when I announced a couple weeks ago that I was accepting reader submissions for my Saturday Squirrel feature. I also said at the time that I was going to space out the reader submitted appearances, and of course I used one just last week. Well, I threw that out the window when Merby posted a video on YouTube she made of Nutty that gives us our very first Saturday Squirrel movie presentation! I am extremely jealous that none of the squirrels in my locale have this kind of camera presence and personality….
Is Nutty a natural on film, or what? My
mangy rodents squirrels would head for the hills if they even thought of trying to film them from the backyard.
I am also jealous because Nutty is obviously not a common grey, the only type of squirrels I ever see around these parts, and what you would normally see in this feature. I’m really bad at identifying anything, let alone different species of squirrels, but just like the squirrel who inspired Evil Squirrel I photographed in Oklahoma, I think Nutty’s a fox. Compare Nutty with the Oklahoma squirrel and then with the Who Me squirrel in my SS logo above, and it’s obvious I’m getting the short end of the sciurine stick. Not that my squirrels aren’t cute and playful as well… but they’re also dwarfed by Nutty’s kind and are much less colorful.
So why do Cleveland, Ohio and Norman, Oklahoma get all the neat squirrels and I don’t? It was depressing when I drew a line between the two cities and saw that it damn near intersects where I live! How did I get so ripped off?
Oh well, today we salute Nutty the Squirrel… who should be an inspiration to us all with his good looks, confidence in front of the camera, and bright eyed-bushy tailedness. He’s a squirrel’s squirrel, and idolized by fruitcakes everywhere. Keep calm, Nutty, and chirp on….