Squirrels are all season, all weather critters. Though we have a tendency to think they only come out to play when the conditions are nice, squirrels have got a lot they need to do every day no matter the weather. Neither rain nor snow nor sleet
nor gloom of night will keep a squirrel from its appointed rounds (OK, squirrels ARE diurnal, but then again, so are postal workers). So needless to say, I have seen and even photographed a few squirrels out in the rain over my decade of chronicling their escapades.
But this squirrel takes the cake, and is probably the one who left it out in the rain. Risking pneumonia to gather up nuts for that night’s dinner or even for the upcoming winter makes some sense. But just sitting out on a branch on a cool, rainy 2014 Election Day getting soaked to the skin? I think we finally found the long, lost soulmate of the Shelf’s own Rainy Skunk.
Well, you’re gonna have to spend all day drying out in your nest, but at least your willingness to soak in the rain made you my 36th favorite Saturday Squirrel of all time!
Poor little guy. I always feel sorry for them when it rains. Nuts wait for no man, or squirrel apparently.
I think they’ll take the rain to the snow. What’s better, wet nuts or blue balls?
I don’t have the right equipment to answer that.
Perhaps the shower in his bathroom was out of order that day so he just popped outside in the rain. He’s missing his soap and washcloth though.
In most states, outdoor bathing will get you arrested. When this squirrel ends up in prison, he might never want to take a shower again…
That fur must be really warm, normally woollen sweaters and socks are warm also when wet. Maybe this fur is like lamb’s wool.
I’ve never gotten to touch a squirrel’s fur before, but I know Ody is not as happy as this squirrel seems when he gets wet…
Actually, do we KNOW they don’t smell like wet dogs? Have any of us had a wet squirrel living in our house? I know I haven’t …
Good question! And one I’ll probably never know the answer to…
I’m actually assuming they probably DO smell like wet dogs — or sodden cats. I used to have a cat who LOVED the rain. If you took a shower, he’d join you for a nice scrub. He was our best ever cat and when he died, we never wanted another cat because no other cat could ever be as wonderful as he was.
Poor thing. But squirrels are probably very used to the changes in weather.
Around here I think everything has to be used to changes in weather! Especially at this time of the year where we had snow, negative temps, near record highs and severe storms all in a span of ten days!
Bummer on the damp tush. That can’t feel comfortable.
He should have remembered to put on his Speedo…
Awwwww…..I’d invite the squirrels to come inside and get warm and dry, but somehow I don’t think it’s among their New Year’s resolution to become toys for the cats!
Ody believes your cats may have a different set of resolutions than the squirrels…. but don’t listen to him!
Ha, I always listen to cats, I’m afraid <—cat whisperer. But my cats are indoor-only, so the local squirrels are safe…from my feline Terrible Trio, anyway! Happy New Year, Ody! May it be filled with catnip wonders!
Aw, he’s looking very bedraggled, poor little thing!
Just needs to be wrung out a few times and he’ll be good and dry!