I know that there are a great many homeowners out there who dislike squirrels. As a child I recall my own father hijacking my BB gun in order to pelt the arboreal rodents with a hail of BB fire in order to deter them from getting under our aluminum siding. It didn’t really work of course. That particular BB gun wasn’t really powerful enough to do significant damage at any distance further than three feet. I’m sure those squirrels weren’t happy with the stinging bite of brass that harassed them, but they also weren’t really smart enough to correlate that pain with their attempts to live under our siding. However that BB gun sat by the backdoor that entire summer, ready for action at the first sight of pesky varmints. And that entire summer squirrels continued to try and pry back that loose aluminum until finally it was repaired, thus solving the problem and ending the crusade against the squirrels.
My wife Lauren and I have heard similar stories from friends and people we know who have had their own troubles with the bushy tailed acorn eaters, and as home owners ourselves it’s a problem we hope we never have to deal with. For us squirrels have been a great source of entertainment throughout our relationship. During our courting years I recall taking long walks around the neighborhood or hikes through the local parks and occasionally stopping to watch the antics of a group of scurrying squirrels. When we were in college I remember one particular visit Lauren made to Rio Grande where we walked around the campus and came upon a small baby squirrel. The little guy was doubtlessly scared and as he did his best to clamber up the nearest tree with his tiny squirrel hands he looked over his shoulder at us, raised his little tail, and pissed in our direction. Whether it was out of fear, or to deter our chasing him, it was a delight! Nowadays we enjoy watching the squirrels of our own backyard. The frisky frolicking of spring time and the ridiculous manner in which squirrels pat the ground when burying their acorns in the fall, we are continuously finding the little bastards amusing. Of course on occasion I have been forced to bludgeon to death half dead, semi paralyzed, squirrels who were not quite fast enough to outrun the great huntress Maple, our female puggle. I have an efficient system for this though. Using what I like to call my “Kill’n Shovel” I am able to end their mangled suffering with a quick whack and then make another pass to scoop them up and deposit them in a trash bag.
What I’d like to see is an in depth animal documentary about the typical neighborhood animals of the American Mid-West. I want one of those nest view cameras in place in a squirrel bungalow in order to see just what they do up there. I want to see how the crows and squirrels battle it out for tree space. I want to know the daily struggles of chipmunks, and the dangers of feral cats. I’d like to learn just how much of a threat hawks are to neighborhood rodents. I want to validate my theories that raccoons have created a sewer based Shangri-La and built a society and economy based on banana peels and fish heads. If nothing else, though, the squirrels. I want to know more about the squirrels. It just seems to me that there is a very interesting subject there just waiting to be put on film. Oh, and the documentary should be narrated by Eric Idle. Yeah, I think that would be perfect. Mull that over.
Now someone write a letter to Animal Planet or Discovery Channel or whatever and get this going.
That is all!