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!