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Squirrel Appreciation Day

21 Jan

Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here –

“Keeping my paws on the nuts of the world!”

Today, January 21st, is a great and wonderful day my fellow friends.  It is Squirrel Appreciation Day.  I can tell you – today is *my* day.  Today, you should appreciate us tree climbing, entertaining, nut gathering neighborhood squirrels.  Being a squirrel can be hard.  Some of us give others a bad name.  They are the ones that eat food out of the feeders, eat some veggies in your gardens and chase/tease your pooches.  Then there are squirrels like me who are highly educated, have families to take care of and bring your enjoyment and education.  Focus on us great squirrels for the day.  Heck, give us some nuts, a little hand out, or wave at us from time to time.

In case you were wondering: Squirrel Appreciation Day was created by wildlife rehabilitator Christy Hargrove of Asheville, North Carolina

There are more than 300 species of squirrel. Different types of squirrels range in size from five inches (the African pygmy squirrel) to three feet (Indian giant squirrel). The word “squirrel” comes from the Greek word skiouros, which means shadow-tailed.

When hiding its food, a squirrel goes through an elaborate process of masking the location by pretending to bury the item a few times before settling on a final spot. While red squirrels are known for vigorously defending their territories, some females turn over all or part of their holdings, including a critical food cache, to their offspring as a way of bolstering the pups’ chances of survival during the difficult first year of life.

So upon this holiday, please reflect a few minutes on us and throw us some extra feed.

Thank you very much. This public announcement had been brought to you by Journalist Rocky the Squirrel. Thank you for your time.

 
 

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13 responses to “Squirrel Appreciation Day

  1. Tails Around the Ranch

    01/21/2018 at 4:23 pm

    Enjoy your special day. Sorry-no treats today unless you enjoy diving for them in 6+ inches of snow. 🐿❄️

     
    • Piglove

      01/22/2018 at 9:38 am

      Gulps. Thank you but no. We’ve definitely had enough snow here in the south to serve me a lifetime. Thankfully the humans at the Hotel Thompson put out more feed for me and my family – JRTS

       
  2. NylabluesMum

    01/21/2018 at 5:19 pm

    Happy hoppy Squirrel Day Rocky!!!! If you can diggie thru thee snow; there are nutss down there!
    Mew mew mew….
    **nose bumpsss** Siddhartha Henry =^,.^=

     
    • Piglove

      01/22/2018 at 9:39 am

      I know that’s right!! Thankfully I collected some before this snow hit us here in the south. – JRTS

       
      • NylabluesMum

        01/22/2018 at 7:49 pm

        Yur a clevurr Squirrel Rocky!!

         
  3. Amy

    01/21/2018 at 5:35 pm

    A three foot long squirrel?! I would like to see who was chasing who there in India!

     
    • Piglove

      01/22/2018 at 9:41 am

      Personally even though I would be related to said squirrel, I think I would pass out in amazement. I couldn’t imagine being three foot – just think of the adventures I could have with the other anipals here in the woods. – JRTS

       
  4. Kinley Westie

    01/21/2018 at 11:52 pm

    I wore a squirrel dress today!

     
    • Piglove

      01/22/2018 at 9:41 am

      I bet you looked absolutely beautiful too my sweet friend! – JRTS

       
  5. The Canadian Cats

    01/22/2018 at 1:36 pm

    What a day for squirrels. Plan that party well, Rocky. Move your nuts around so the most tasty nuts are front and center for your important day.

    Shoko and Kali

     
    • Piglove

      01/23/2018 at 2:33 pm

      Amen to that. Nuts first and foremost today! – JRTS

       
  6. paxami

    01/22/2018 at 1:39 pm

    Well, Rocky, have a super day. Glad to hear that you take your responsibilities seriously and are taking good care of your family and giving a good name to the squirrels. We have two of your cousins in our tree out front. Mom helps them out all the time so they try not to thumb their noses at us when we watch them through the window. Lady Caroline Lamb

     
    • Piglove

      01/23/2018 at 2:34 pm

      What an absolute doll your mom is to us. Please give her giant hugs for us and let her know that I will pass the word to them not to throw stuff at her when she comes outside. Much love – JRTS

       

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