Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

Professor Squirrel, the Acrobat

on February 12, 2015

I love squirrels, but they’re quite the little piggies. They always want the birds’ food stash. And they’ll do whatever it takes to get it – you have to admire their ingenuity!

There’s plenty of bird seed on the ground for them, but they want first dibs. They want ALL dibs.

At first they climbed up the metal pole, so we put a squirrel baffle up. They laughed and climbed over it.

Next we greased several inches of the pole beneath the baffle as well as the top of the baffle. That worked well.

For a while.

Until one very limber college-educated squirrel with a double degree in physics and calculus realized that he could figure the distance from the flower pot to the pole, allowing for the upward trajectory of the baffle to calculate the perfect launch angle. (Who says colleges aren’t what they used to be?!)

He bested us poor fools with simple degrees in literature and business.

There he is, sitting on the edge of the planter, making his calculations...

There he is, sitting on the edge of the planter, making his calculations…

...and he takes off!

…and he takes off! Look at that mid-air form! 😀

He nails the landing and goes for the gold (food, that is!)

He nails the landing and goes for the gold (food, that is!)

The food is always yummier on the other side of the feeder!

The food is always yummier on the other side of the feeder!

He brought along his spotter, a less adventurous type without a math degree. :)

He brought along his spotter, a less adventurous type without a math degree who got his food the easy way.

Sorry for the screen in the first two pictures, I was shooting through a window and was just anxious to get pictures of this little scenario that had played out a number of times. He didn’t actually make it the first four times he jumped, but he was rewarded for his tenacity at long last. You have to admire that! 🙂

We’re part of the Thursday Barks and Bytes blog hop!

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31 responses to “Professor Squirrel, the Acrobat

  1. Mary says:

    LOL..Those are funny shots. We had squirrels eating our bird food when we had the house. They are acrobats, tenacious acrobats. And they also chewed holes in my hose. They had babies in our rock wall, They went from, “Awww, look how cute, To damn rodents” when they dug out our wall.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      HAHAHA Yes I can understand that change of heart! We had a cute little chipmunk living somewhere along the foundation of our house, and we loved watching him scamper back and forth getting food. UNTIL he brought Mrs. Chipmunk along and they started a family, which was cute until they found a way between the walls and we heard scampering noises in the night. An exterminator said they could cause damage over time. So we waited until the babies got big enough and when they were all out of their home, we sealed it up. I felt bad, but it was them or us, and I’m sure it was easier for them to find a new home! 😦

  2. KDKH says:

    I love the squirrels, so we have one feeder squirrel-proofed and one that’s not. The squirrels haven’t figured out the trajectory to jump it yet. For a good laugh, search YouTube for squirrel obstacle course and you’ll see how some engineers force the little squirrels to work for their treats! They are really funny and show how much respect the critters deserve.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      I’ll definitely take a look at that on YouTube! We hang pine cones covered in peanut butter and seeds from a couple of trees for the squirrels – they love them, but they still want the birds’ food too!

  3. wow not bad! that squirrel could enter the flying circus!

  4. scarlybobs says:

    Those photos are amazing! What a brave little squirrel 😀

  5. Hawk aka BrownDog says:

    Hi Y’all!

    Oh, those pesky squirrels! And to think my Human won’t allow me to chase them!

    Y’all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  6. Jodi Stone says:

    Wow!! What determination. I can’t believe you actually caught it on film too! I’d have to say that squirell deserved to get that food.

    Thanks for joining the blog hop!!

  7. Great photos with commentaries! Gave me a good laugh!

  8. Barb says:

    Great shots, especially the action one of him mid-air! Clever squirrel, and he was rewarded for his well thought out effort! Was Daisy watching all this from the comfort of inside the house?

    • raisingdaisy says:

      She was! She was lying on the floor in front of the back door watching him very intently. Every time that squirrel jumped, she – and her ears – popped up and she’d let out a little meaningless growl. 🙂

  9. wagsahoy says:

    BOL! Awesome! *wags* – Gilligan from WagsAhoy.com

  10. We’ve had to resort to “squirrel proof” feeders. Some work, some don’t. Once a squirrel got stuck inside one!

    –Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Haha that must have been quite a sight! We ended up moving the large pot to the end of the patio – this little guy would have to sprout wings to reach the feeder now! 🙂

  11. Hahaha those squirrels are too much. We see that at the cabin too. They will leap from a tree branch to get to the feeder. Thanks so much for joining the hop!

  12. Jan K says:

    Squirrels are so annoying when they eat all the bird food and scare the birds away. But we have to admit that they are smart and tenacious creatures. Great photos!
    BTW, we also tried all of those “squirrel proof feeders” and they work their way around those eventually too!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks Jan! Yes they do figure their way around all the “squirrel proof” things, but so far putting about a foot of grease on the pole beneath the feeder has worked well…now that we moved the planter away!

  13. Oh I am quite experienced with how ingenious the little buggers are. We actually had to take the feeders down at Mom and Dad’s this year because they had mastered all the squirrel proofing and were destroying the feeders! Great shots, don’t worry about fuzzy, at least you got them 🙂

    • raisingdaisy says:

      I know what you mean about squirrels being destructive – that one was grabbing on to the metal leaf-and-vine designs on the outside of the feeder, and by the time he was finished emptying the feeder, half of them were bent completely outward! We were lucky we were able to fix them without them breaking off.

  14. Misaki says:

    Those squiggles sure are sneaky!

  15. kolytyi says:

    Might it be the case that Daisy is not good enough in higher maths and science, and this is why she broke her leg? She should enrol in this school immediately: http://www.raisingtheruf.com/2015/03/alright-kiddos-put-your-thinking-caps-on.html

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