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Diatribe: What Kind Of Person Kicks A Squirrel Into The Grand Canyon?

08/04/2014

Squirrel KickersI like squirrels.  I think they’re cute.  I realize they can be incredibly destructive and are a nuisance to many people in various ways but I still get a kick out of them.  This summer, we’ve had an unusually large amount of squirrel visitors in our neighborhood and several have found their way to our bird feeder.  While many of our neighbors work diligently to keep the squirrels from eating all of the bird seed that they set out, I enjoy watching the squirrels just as much as the backyard birds that visit so I just buy more seed.  We even add some peanuts in the shell as an extra treat.

YouTube user Jonathan Hildebrand recently uploaded a video that shows two laughing men luring a squirrel to the edge of the Grand Canyon and then kicking the small animal to almost certain death below.  The footage shows the men, who Hildebrand believes to be French, arranging a trail of breadcrumbs to lead the unsuspecting squirrel to the edge of a cliff.  As the small animal approaches the edge, one of the men puts on a shoe and proceeds to kick the rodent into the canyon as the other man takes photos.  [Some may be offended by the following video.]

[UPDATE: YouTube removed the video but a portion of it can still be seen HERE if you’re still  interested.]

Hildebrand filmed the cruel act but had no idea what the men were up to.  Apparently, he thought he was filming a cute squirrel-feeding like I frequently see in my back yard.  Or perhaps he found his fellow tourists’ peculiar wardrobe choice of only underwear and cowboy hats to be amusing.  His video was quickly taken down and then republished by other users.

“I did not realize what was happening until it was too late.  I do not know who they are.  All I know is that they were French.” – Jonathan Hildebrand.

At its deepest point, the rim of the Grand Canyon is approximately six thousand feet high.  Reaction to the video, as evidenced by YouTube comments, is mixed.  Some are disgusted by the cruel act while others appear to take an “it’s only a squirrel” point of view.  I know they can be a nuisance, and I don’t cry when I see a dead one on the road, but I’ve watched enough episodes of Criminal Minds to suspect that luring squirrels to edge of a cliff with bread crumbs so you can kicking them to their death while your friend takes pictures is not something that a normal person should do.

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