People can come up with some of the most ridiculous reasons to despise squirrels. They eat all of your birdseed, they ravage your garden, they like to play freeze tag in the street. That’s all just squirrels being squirrels. They have to eat, and they have to get around. What’s within their reach is fair game, and I agree with that rule of nature.
There is one way in which squirrels truly can be a menace to humans, however, and that is the havoc they can wreak on our power grid. They love to chew on the wires that carry our precious electricity across this great land of ours, and seem to be experts at causing transformers to explode. These dangerous ventures are not only bad for the squirrel (who usually ends up like this — WARNING: Do not click the previous link unless you want to see a dead squirrel from one of the two times one perished on my backyard pole), but are also frustrating to humans who have to suffer with power outages, and the utility companies who have to constantly undo what the rodent has caused.
For this week’s Saturday Squirrel, I’ve included a picture of a power hungry sciurine I encountered a few weeks ago, who I caught hanging out at the top of a power pole. I was hoping he’d scurry off down one of the lines for what would have been a nice photo from below, but he was bound and determined to stand his pole… er, ground. Who does this electric loving squirrel think he is, Pachirisu?