I’ve just started reading this article in the Chicago Reader, Chicken of the Trees (Food & Drink section), by Mike Sula.
As a gardener, I can fully appreciate the frustration and fiery red anger when you see your cherished tomato lying on the ground with a single bite marring its lovely matte finish. Or in our case, there’s the stoic resolve with which we greet each spring-into-summer when cherries ripen and drop to the ground with the single tell-tale bite. (It must be said that the local birds enthusiastically assist the squirrels in this enterprise.)
But we’ve not yet thought of “harvesting” the little guys. I’m going back to the article to read more.
Illustration is a fragment of art accompanying the article, by artist Peter Thomas Ryan.
Remember, the truth is out there, as they used to say on the X-Files.
What could be the reason for the seemingly random appearance of distinctly deep-violet squirrels? This article reports on an incident in Pennsylvania (US) and makes mention of earlier sightings in England and in Minnesota (US).
If you read that article you’ll notice (as you can see in the photo to the left), that the coloring is somewhat splotchy.
Of course, there’s a Facebook page for Purple Squirrel now, too.
This image is popping up like mushrooms on Facebook. Does anyone know its original owner? If so, let me know so I may attribute. It does catch the imagination in a delightful way.
The Time Magazine website has in its archives a slideshow of a photo spread from the 1940s. There was a squirrel who, as a young pup, was found and adopted by a very nice fellow who undertook to dress said squirrel in clothing.
It’s something not to be missed.
CNN’s iReport arm (their “Citizen Journalism” initiative) has collected the top five news reports on our favorite creature and put them all on this page. Adorableness does abound!
It’s replete with pumpkin-eating squirrels, squirrel babies being bottle-fed, and of course the cat nursing an orphan squirrel.
This artist has captured the epitome of a red squirrel — all the more difficult for the few careful brush strokes.
Visit this page and in the comments, look for a post from edsg25 on July 4 (2010) and note the study he mentions in which scientists observed behavior of squirrels who are observing an earlier group of squirrels who were given easy access to nesting materials and thus built out there abodes accordingly.
Does anyone know of the source of the study he mentions?
The Library of Congress regularly posts to its Flickr account, and it’s worth following for the gems here and there.
In this picture, we see a full page spread from the New-York Tribune of Sunday, May 2, 1909, with the headline, “Spring always increases the number of the park squirrels’ admirers and the little fellows seem to relish their popularity.”