Hanging By A Thread

Squirrels will do just about anything to avoid my evil camera.

When we were all much younger and stupider braver, a lot of us climbed trees to pass the time in a pre-cellphone world.  Tree climbing is not a skill that is inherent in humans, and at least in civilized culture isn’t particularly necessary for our survival.  Squirrels, on the other hand, are the masters at climbing trees.  It is a part of their arboreal nature.  They can do some amazing maneuvers in the trees that astonish us from the ground, but would make us lose our lunch if we were up there with them.

If you decided to get a little crazy today and went out to climb that tree in your backyard… would you dare to scale a branch as thin as the one this squirrel is treating as if it were an OSHA approved ladder?  I don’t think it would take much weight to snap that twig at the base… but squirrels either have an excellent understanding of weight distribution, or they really are lighter than air despite the acorn-fed bellies they occasionally appear to be sporting.

Regardless of the physics or magic involved in this death defying tribute to childhood, The Nest would like to honor this week’s Saturday Squirrel for attempting a climb that would have even made Sir Edmund Hillary wet his breeches…

Have a great weekend everyone!

About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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12 Responses to Hanging By A Thread

  1. Squirrels know no fear – ya gotta love that in a critter. Yesterday I was in the back yard (mostly woods) and heard a snap up above me just in time to see a squirrel free fall about 15 feet from a “too small” branch onto a much sturdier limb. Lucky? You betcha. I think they do that all the time – pick branches that MIGHT snap – their form of “dare ya!”…………

    Pam and Teddy too
    p.s. thanks for being creative with the prison we posted on Tuesday…..!

    • I watched one fall onto the ground from much higher up than that and shake it off like it never happened. I think they may be made out of bubble wrap, which would explain their weightlessness…

      Thank you for posting a prison photo just for me! Apparently some people in class now think I’m the teacher’s pet…

  2. draliman says:

    Handy for escaping Sewer Rat the cat though. Cats are great climber too but I bet even they’d hesitate at a teeny tiny branch like that.

    • I don’t think even an expert climbing cat could scale a tree even half as fast as a squirrel. It would have plenty of time to choose which light branch it wanted to hang out on while it stuck its tongue out at the cat…

  3. I’m always amazed at how they can climb on really TINY twigs. They weight almost nothing. All that “bulk” is fluff. They don’t weigh more than a little bird.

  4. Makes you wonder if any squirrels are afraid of heights though, doesn’t it? 😇

  5. Trisha says:

    The ease and speed squirrels climb with never ceases to amaze me!

    • Yeah, I didn’t even like to climb the rope in gym class. And that paper thin mat that was laying there in case one of us fell….. yeah, right. I will always admire the squirrel’s amazing arboreal abilities!

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