This week’s Saturday Squirrel is running up the telephone pole in my backyard, using it as his entrance ramp to the electrified squirrel highway…..
Wait a minute! Is he actually scampering up that pole, or is he….???
Take a closer look! He isn’t making any physical contact with that pole at all! It’s like he’s shooting upward along the pole!
Of course, this was just a lucky shot of the very brief moment in time in the squirrel’s gait when all four of his legs were off the “ground,” much like you see in our old friend Hover Squirrel. We two-footers even do it when we run. But it’s a bit odd to think of this phenomenon in the vertical sense, because it seems a bit unwise to ever completely break contact with the surface you are climbing!
For showing us yet another amazing ability in the sciurine bag of tricks, we salute this week’s upwardly mobile Saturday Squirrel… who can glide through the air with the greatest of ease… and without a jetpack (though a squirrel with a jetpack would be totally awesome!)
Hope your weekend is looking up!