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   Undertoad  Friday Oct 10 11:07 AM

October 10, 2008: Squirrel mama protects baby



What's this? Mama finds a terrible DOG has the baby in its clutches! What to do? Tail up! ATTACK!



EN-GARDE!!! With no fear, mama jumps the beast.



And gives it just enough what-fer to make her a bigger item to deal with. "Hey! GET OFF ME!" With dog distracted, the little one scampers.



And when it's over, mama helps the little one away - while the dog is left wondering... WTF JUST HAPPENED!?



Pico and ME  Friday Oct 10 11:14 AM

I almost had one give me a what-for. It was hilarious. I was following it along as it was making its way on one of the wires over my yard. I was 'chitchatting' with it the whole time. When it got to the pole it actually scrambled down to the top of the fence to 'talk back' and swish its tail dangerously at me. They are such interesting little creatures.



Stress Puppy  Friday Oct 10 11:21 AM

Reminds me of this story:

http://www.vtwinmama.com/demonic_squ...ding_story.htm



glatt  Friday Oct 10 11:35 AM

Note to self:

When you see a squirrel with it's tail flat against it's back and legs splayed out, just back away quickly. That sucker's about to strike.



glatt  Friday Oct 10 11:40 AM

Oh, and by the way UT, this is an outstanding IotD. Really tells a story and is visually striking. Good job.



jinx  Friday Oct 10 11:57 AM

Awesome.
I wish the mama squirrels around here were that protective....



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Oct 10 12:00 PM

Just rats with bushy tails, hairy knuckles and bloodshot eyes... but tasty.



DanaC  Friday Oct 10 12:03 PM

That was brilliant. Best IoTD in ages!

@Bruce: I rather like rats. I mean, I don't like them in my house...but domesticated pet rats are wonderful. I wouldn't own one because of the whole pissing-as-they-walk thing, but they're wonderful creatures to watch. Really fascinating.



Undertoad  Friday Oct 10 12:06 PM

I keep trying to figure out the dog's intentions. Sometimes a dog will just have fun with something, if it's not hungry. This dog looks to have a nice shiny coat and isn't very skinny. If he's not a pet, he probably lives near a fish processing station or something.

The dog has ears forward. It looks like it might be in the playful crouch, where dogs put their butt in the air and shoulders down. It may just have fun with the baby, or play with it until it squeaks enough to set off a prey instinct.



Cicero  Friday Oct 10 12:11 PM

The dog does look like it's playing. But it also looks dumb enough to play a baby squirrel to death.



DanaC  Friday Oct 10 12:16 PM

Pilau once played a crippled blackbird almost to death *shudders*



BrianR  Friday Oct 10 02:54 PM

Did you say "in the house?"



Treasenuak  Friday Oct 10 03:30 PM

Way to GO, Momma Squirrel!! Kick the bad doggy's BUTT!! -cheers- ... and should I be concerned with the fact no one's posted a recipe yet??



monster  Friday Oct 10 04:26 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Treasenuak View Post
Way to GO, Momma Squirrel!! Kick the bad doggy's BUTT!! -cheers- ... and should I be concerned with the fact no one's posted a recipe yet??
best eaten raw, none o' that fancy dressing malarkey


monster  Friday Oct 10 04:29 PM

great images, UT. the squirrels look pretty darn healthy too, must be a good place to live



Juniper  Friday Oct 10 06:13 PM

My dog (who looks very similar to that one) has killed several such critters, and I promise, he's not underfed or vicious. Just playing, the big dummy.



BigV  Friday Oct 10 06:29 PM

I wonder how many of these I'll see when I finally get out of the office.....eventually...



Elspode  Friday Oct 10 07:38 PM

Sushi squirrel is not a good idea...

Filleted, breaded, and browned in olive oil with a bit of rosemary and garlic...nom nom nom.



TheMercenary  Friday Oct 10 07:39 PM

How to skin a squirrel

http://bayoubill.com/archives/2002/080502column.html

How to cook them

http://bayoubill.com/archives/2001/81501squirrel.html



binky  Friday Oct 10 07:52 PM

My cat in when I lived in Oregon brought a snake in to "play" with, took him forever to kill the nasty thing.



TheMercenary  Friday Oct 10 08:33 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by binky View Post
My cat, in when I lived in Oregon, brought a snake in to "play" with, took him forever to kill the nasty thing.
let the comma be your friend.


zippyt  Friday Oct 10 09:11 PM

Ha Ha !! Moma Squirle WHOOPED his ASS !!!!!
It does look like the dog WAS in play mode , But Momma Squirle aint Haven ANNY of THAT !!!


Oh and squirle is Best cooked like beef stew , in a crock pot .



jinx  Friday Oct 10 09:14 PM

I've only ever had it soaked in saltwater, and then fried like chicken. Huge piles of it, eaten all day while watching football.



binky  Friday Oct 10 09:18 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheMercenary View Post
let the comma be your friend.
Thank you grammar cop,. just kidding, sorry for the run-on sentence


TheMercenary  Friday Oct 10 09:24 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by binky View Post
Thank you grammar cop,. just kidding, sorry for the run-on sentence
I was yanking your chain. I hate grammer nazi's as much as I hate spelling nazi's.


squirell nutkin  Friday Oct 10 09:39 PM

Re: post#1
I'll fuck you're shit up, bitch!


Re: the merc. Are you also hating punctuation Nazis?



squirell nutkin  Friday Oct 10 09:41 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by jinx View Post
I've only ever had it soaked in saltwater, and then fried like chicken. Huge piles of it, eaten all day while watching football.
Aren chew thinking of pertaters? Frenje fride pertaters?


ZenGum  Friday Oct 10 10:42 PM

Great sequence.

I admire the fury of a small animal protecting its young. I'm pretty sure the dog was in "play mode" (which can easily be lethal to a squirrel), but still, to take on a gigantic black monster with huge fangs that outweighs you by maybe 50 to 1, is no mean feat in anyone's language (or spelling).

Oh and uncooked it would be squirrel sashimi. "Sushi" refers specifically to fish. Sashimi is any raw meat. [/fact nazi]



TheMercenary  Saturday Oct 11 08:33 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by squirell nutkin View Post
Re: post#1
I'll fuck you're shit up, bitch!


Re: the merc. Are you also hating punctuation Nazis?
Yea, them too.


sweetwater  Saturday Oct 11 09:09 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Stress Puppy View Post


I think the world can be nicely divided into bird or squirrel lovers. Human world, that is, because dogs and cats like them equally - though only as snacks or toys.


TheMercenary  Saturday Oct 11 09:15 AM

I am Bird & Dog, definitely not Squirrel & Cat.



DanaC  Saturday Oct 11 09:16 AM

I am Squirrel and Dog.



jinx  Saturday Oct 11 09:28 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
Oh and uncooked it would be squirrel sashimi. "Sushi" refers specifically to fish. Sashimi is any raw meat. [/fact nazi]
Sushi actually refers specifically to the vinegared rice.


BrianR  Saturday Oct 11 01:38 PM

All I can think of is the time my squirrel wandered down and my dog spotted it from his nap-place across my legs on the sofa. He used my testes for a launch pad and through the tears of pain, I was laughing hysterically at the look of terror that the squirrel put on just before he ran the fastest 1/4 mile of his little life. They managed three laps before I was able to get up and open the back door, enabling the gray intruder to exit and climb the blue spruce outside to safety.

No, he didn't learn his lesson; he came back again and again. The picture is of the time he came down without looking first and had to do an about-face and run back up as he noticed the dog lying in wait for him, behind some insulation batts.

Brian



Treasenuak  Saturday Oct 11 04:46 PM

My dad's got this horror story of his grandma making squirrel stew, and opening the pot to see how dinner was progressing; there was the squirrel's head, staring up at him, eyeballs and buck teeth and all, floating there at the top of the pot......



Cloud  Saturday Oct 11 04:50 PM

clearly, it are alien squirrels and dogs, controlled by the evil obelisk.



Coign  Monday Oct 13 10:08 AM

I kissed a squirrel.




Cloud  Monday Oct 13 10:10 AM

Be Like the Squirrel!



Sundae  Monday Oct 13 11:04 AM

Squirrel and cat and proud!



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Oct 13 11:52 AM

I was at my car dealers this morning. They had three vehicles in the shop with squirrel damage.



Cloud  Monday Oct 13 11:57 AM

quit parking them under the walnut trees!



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Oct 13 12:03 PM

That won't help, they eat the damn wiring.



spudcon  Monday Oct 13 12:25 PM

Squirrels all have a death by electrocution wish. They are a problem for power companies because the break into substations and short them out with their stupid little bodies. The squirrel prophet tells them all if they die this way, there will be 72 nuts waiting for them in heaven.



Cloud  Monday Oct 13 12:43 PM

yuk. that can't be good for them. Is the plastic coating tasty?



Shawnee123  Monday Oct 13 01:58 PM

I don't know, but now I want to go and try one!



BigV  Monday Oct 13 05:14 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by spudcon View Post
Squirrels all have a death by electrocution wish. They are a problem for power companies because the break into substations and short them out with their stupid little bodies. The squirrel prophet tells them all if they die this way, there will be 72 nuts waiting for them in heaven.
naw... they have an overpowering urge to keep their teeth from attacking themselves, and grind them down continuousl in self defense.

Quote:
A squirrels teeth grow continuously. Their incisor's will grow six inches per year, but stay short due to the constant wear they receive.



Treasenuak  Monday Oct 13 05:45 PM

just like every other rodent I know of... -shudder-



SPUCK  Monday Oct 13 06:51 PM

I bet that's rat damage not squirrel damage. Rats fit under car dashes and hoods better.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Oct 13 11:34 PM

Squirrels and chipmunks climb better than rats. But all the little bastards love the taste of plastic wire insulation, for some reason.



ZenGum  Tuesday Oct 14 12:15 AM

I'm getting worried about these rodents, people. It's time to ring the alarm bell.

I've read (I think in Enemy at the Gates, recommended) that as the Germans advanced through Russia, a large force of tanks (in the hundreds) was temporarily crippled when, during a few days recovery period, field mice chewed through many of the engine cables, which was not noticed until the tanks were given their next orders to advance.

Also, Herodotus' The Histories relates how an army (in old Egypt, I think) was defeated in a campaign when a plague of mice chewed all the leather straps off their equipment.

In recent times, Cellarites have reported direct attacks and even repeated home invasions by rodents.

Now, they are beginning their campaign by first picking off our allies, the dogs.

Clearly this is a species with evil intentions towards us. They are flexing their muscles, practicing their co-ordination, rehearsing their attacks. They are angry. They have defeated us in battle before.

This is no time for appeasement.

We are in trouble. Conventional firearms will be ineffective against them. No barrier is impenetrable to their evil hordes. Arm yourselves for the coming battle, my fellow humans. I recommend the nine-iron. Or fire.

To BATTLE!



SPUCK  Tuesday Oct 14 04:57 AM

I have the stew pot!



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