Squirrels love to chase each other for a variety of reasons. Whether defending their territory, pursuing a love interest, or just for the total hell of it… it’s hardly uncommon to see them pursue each other on the ground and up in the trees. And as agile and acrobatic as squirrels naturally are, even they’re prone to the occasional slip up might hurt their bodies or just their pride.
Two such squirrels were chasing each other in my backyard tree on an early February morning seven years ago. What made this chase a bit unusual was that it was being done in the lower branches of my tree, and required both squirrels to make numerous hops between the low hanging branches as they circled around canopy.
This was the first picture I got of the duo. As you can see, the chasee has a nut in his mouth, which the chaser obviously thought belonged to him.
This was the second photo, giving you an idea where the squirrels were jumping to and from in their pursuit. Those branches don’t look sturdy enough for fat winter squirrels to be bouncing around on….
And this was the result… the lead squirrel was unable to stick the landing on his next branch and had to cling on for dear life to keep from falling to the ground. Granted, it would have only been about a four foot drop… which is nothing compared to the daring leaps these guys make in the tops of trees. But I’m sure he’d have been laughed at by his pursuer had he fallen…. and probably had his nut taken from him as well!
This action packed dangerous stunt that you won’t need a movie ticket for comes in at #34 on my Top 50 Saturday Squirrels of all time countdown!