Ovation: The Squirrel Whisperer.
As much as I love squirrels, I’ve been outvoted at home when it comes to feeding them around the house. We actually had to take down our bird feeders this summer because they became so popular with the squirrel population that it seemed we were feeding more of the furry little scoundrels that our fine feathered friends. Granted, they stripped every leaf from our potted plants and they startled my dog as they stared in the windows looking for more to eat, but I still found their antics highly entertaining.
Alas, now they’ve moved on.
Mary Krupa, a junior at Penn State is gaining a reputation as a “squirrel shisperer” for befriending, feeding and dressing up a squirrel that she has named “Sneezy”. Apparently, she’s able to dress the squirrel in party hats and convince it to hold miniature props simply by feeding it. By using a peanut, Krupa is able to get close enough to the squirrel to pet her, put the hats on her and take pictures with her cell phone. Some are so cute even the most anti-squirrel among us are sure to crack a smile.
There’s even a Sneezy the Penn State Squirrel Facebook page that features several squirrels in several different costumes. The “About” section for Sneezy says she’s a “public figure” and that all photos are 100% Photoshop-free. Sneezy is a “wild Eastern Grey Squirrel” whose hobbies include “eating, climbing trees, burying acorns and making people happy”.
I may have been outvoted on the feeding of squirrels in my yard at home but, rarely one to take no for an answer, I’ve begun to accumulate crystal squirrels and my collection is growing. They’re cute as can be, they don’t eat leaves or make the dog bark and there are oodles of them waiting to be found on eBay.
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