Fireworks In The Park

Sometimes the litter is more interesting than the critter.

While scrounging around the archive of photos I took during my mid-July trip to the park for this week’s Saturday Squirrel feature, I finally decided to look through the dozen or so not-great pictures I took of a squirrel with a very blonde tail I found.  He was constantly on the move, and most of the places he was frolicking in were heavily shaded, which kept me from getting any really good in-focus shots of his whole body rocking that neat tail.  This was the first photo I looked at while putting together this post yesterday, and I immediately noticed something in it that didn’t catch my attention the first time around.  You can see something red and blue lying on the ground to the left of the squirrel… and that’s most definitely an empty shell from some kind of bottle rocket firecracker!  In the middle of the public park!!!!  WTF is wrong with people!?!?

There are some who worry that there are too many fireworks injuries each Fourth of July.  I’d argue that there aren’t enough.  If there’s one place we could use a hefty dose of Darwinism, it’s for people who insist on conducting dangerous amateur fireworks displays…

My apologies to this week’s Saturday Squirrel.  This post should be about him and his cute tail, not my sensible holiday beliefs…

Have a great weekend everyone!


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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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16 Responses to Fireworks In The Park

  1. I’m with you…fireworks should be outlawed in my books.

  2. I bet he’s on his way over there to pick that debris up and throw it in the nearest garbage receptacle. Squirrels are much smarter than those idiots who do fireworks in the park. He really does have a magnificent tail !


    • The tail was as bright yellowish-orange as any I’ve ever seen before. Too bad I didn’t get a really got picture of him, or that I had to capture what kind of rednecks we have around here…

  3. I agree with you. Whenever one of the firework morons blows a piece off, I chalk one up to the Darwin Awards.

  4. draliman says:

    As long as no squirrels are caught in the firework crossfire.

  5. Fireworks are always a problem here too. New Year’s Eve is the worst one, all the animals are in shock trying to find a safe place. Some people always loose hands and eyes, but what happens to innocent animals.

  6. noelleg44 says:

    Handsome dude or dudette. Should certainly attract a mate!

  7. Trisha says:

    Wow, that blonde tail is amazing! 😍 I wish they would implement a state wide ban on fireworks here. Every year several families end up losing their homes just because people enjoy blowing shit up. My neighborhood is like a war zone every 4th. I feel so bad for all the little critters that have to ride it out in their nests and burrows. And poor psychotic Trouble was so scared he peed in his bed.

    • I don’t know if there’s any places in Illinois where it’s legal to sell fireworks, but as long as I live a stone’s throw away from redneck Missouri, my neighbors will always have unfettered access to all of the explosive firepower they could ever dream of scaring the piss out of poor animals with. We do sell crappy fireworks at Mecca, but I think it’s mainly the “kids stuff” like sparklers, poppers, and those weird looking black worms…

      • Trisha says:

        We have fireworks stands everywhere and people can buy the really big stuff, including partial sticks of dynamite, on the reservations. Our air quality tanks on the 4th and there’s garbage everywhere for weeks afterward. It’s totally out of control!

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