I was going to use a series of photos I took of this park squirrel to discuss a different point for this week’s Saturday Squirrel, but it was impossible for me to look at them and not notice something else that sticks out like a sore thumb… or maybe I should say sore ear. Check out that notable notch in his right ear!
Unlike humans who only want to be
hipsters unique, squirrels don’t willingly mutilate themselves and then call it a body mod you’re not allow to judge them by. That notch looks too clean to be natural, so I’m wondering if our city park doesn’t have some sort of program to “tag” certain squirrels for identification purposes. In trying to do some research on this (without encountering the sickening posts of those who hunt these beautiful creatures), I came across a popular program that notches the ears of spayed or neutered feral cats that are returned to roam neighborhoods without adding to Bob Barker’s pet population. I wonder what this squirrel did to deserve its notch? Did they take away its nuts? Inject it with some bizarre test vaccine? Declare him to be the sciurine king?
Or maybe he did get that notch for beauty purposes… because I have to admit, it does add to his natural adorability. Congratulations to The Nest’s first ever emo Saturday Squirrel!
Have a great weekend everyone!