I've seen animals do some quirky things. Many of these I've witnessed in the security of my own home. A 5 pound bunny pulling a heavy comforter from one room to another - repeatedly. A cat who eats cantaloupes and marshmallows and does imitations of The Blair Witch Project. A dog who... well, why get repetitive.
But yesterday I was walking a new pup - an adorable Shiba Inu who I will call Miss T (always to protect the anonymity of the fabulous canines). We went to the park and stumbled upon a squirrel party. A woman was feeding the little cuties almonds and the entire Central Park squirrel population must have gotten the memo - there were dozens of the fuzzy tailed fellas. Miss T was beside herself with delight. I felt like I had taken a kid to the zoo and it was all monkeys all the time.
It was big fun watching the ballsy little guys coming so close. They are seriously fearless. Were I a 10 oz squirrel I would not tempt fate by getting so close to a fiesty Shiba Inu,
but happily I am not a squirrel.
All of this was fun, but not particularly unusual - given the almond fairy who was the queen of the day in squirrel town. But then, one squirrel did something I've never seen (others who were watching expressed the same shock so I don't think it's just me being sheltered from the way of squirrels. I think this was fairly uncommon.) The little guy grabbed a hunk of icy snow from the ground, climbed up the nearest tree, settled in and chomped away on the frozen treat. I'm betting the nuts were making him thirsty, but still, I've never seen this before so I'm still in awe.
Hey, I'm easy, just ask the dogs I walk.