They say one of the main reasons humans rose to the top of the food chain in the animal kingdom is because somewhere along the line, we developed opposable thumbs, which allowed us the ability to use hand tools, as well as give Likes on Facebook. But because of our biological advancement, we homo sapiens have neglected nature’s original and still most common part used for grabbing… the mouth!
The very idea is disgusting to a lot of people, largely due to our irrational fear of germs. Yet you’ve no doubt seen your dog put all kinds of nasty things in its mouth, and they say that
a dog’s mouth is much cleaner than a human’s…. well, OK, that’s just a common myth. But still, think of how many practical uses we could find for using our mouths for more than just eating and talking. Mouths are good for opening stubborn bags of potato chips, they are perfect for chewing through rope when we find ourselves tied up, and they serve as a convenient holding place for items when your hands are already occupied. Teeth are stronger and better at clenching on to objects than our manual digits are. We have so underutilized this amazing organ all animals are blessed with.
Squirrels are masters at using the mouth to transport items from one place to the other. Their mouths can even expand much wider than a human’s can, allowing them to carry things that seem almost as big as their head. Today’s Saturday Squirrel grabbed a choice corn kernel that fell off of one of the cobs I place out back, and decided to take it back up in the tree to nibble on his golden treasure with a pretty view. He looks so cute scurrying back up the tree with the round yellow orb clutched tightly in his mouth. No worries about the five second rule for this squirrel!
Have a tasty weekend everyone!