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Dardevil squirrel's got no ticket to ride
LEP.co.uk ^ | 14 February 2010 | staff reporter

Posted on 02/14/2010 3:40:13 PM PST by Daffynition

A theme park has been forced to ban a daredevil squirrel from one of its rides as its antics posed a health and safety risk. The rodent was said to be causing headaches for operators at Alton Towers by getting in the way of improvement work on an attraction at the resort.

Workers noticed it riding the revamped Sonic Spinball roller coaster as it was tested in the mornings and joining visitors who were offered an early go on it before the official opening.

The grey-haired animal was also caught stealing food from the workers.

A spokeswoman for the Staffordshire theme park said: "It was getting in the way of builders who were painting.

"They couldn't carry on because they would end up with paw prints in the paint.

"And we can't have anything on the track when the roller coaster is going round."

Alarms were installed that emit a warning noise inaudible to human ears but designed to ensure the squirrel, nicknamed Sonic, avoids the ride in future.

Morwenna Angove, sales and marketing director at the Alton Towers resort, said: "Unfortunately Sonic's behaviour is a danger both to our guests and himself and so we're doing all we can to ensure that he stays away from the ride.

"Banning a squirrel from a roller coaster is certainly unusual but I suppose there's a first time for everything."

The Sonic Spinball ride officially opened to the public yesterday to coincide with the start of the February half term.


TOPICS: Humor; Music/Entertainment; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: daredevil; squirrel; treerat
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1 posted on 02/14/2010 3:40:13 PM PST by Daffynition
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To: Slings and Arrows; SquirrelKing

Heads up!


2 posted on 02/14/2010 3:48:36 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Fudd Fan

UK Squirrel ping


3 posted on 02/14/2010 4:09:03 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Daffynition

Lemmie in! Lemmie in!

Speciesist!

4 posted on 02/14/2010 4:11:35 PM PST by smokingfrog (You can't ignore your boss and expect to keep your job... www.filipthishouse2010.com)
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To: Jet Jaguar; SoCalPol
Seriously. I think the UK has a series squirrel problem.


5 posted on 02/14/2010 4:26:03 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: smokingfrog

6 posted on 02/14/2010 4:27:08 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition

7 posted on 02/14/2010 4:38:58 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality. (Hi Mom.))
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To: SoCalPol

LOL, thanks for the PING!


8 posted on 02/14/2010 4:47:00 PM PST by Fudd Fan (I got those Snowed-In Frostbitten Global Warmin' Blues a-gin.)
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To: Daffynition

9 posted on 02/14/2010 4:55:02 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality. (Hi Mom.))
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To: Fudd Fan; All

10 posted on 02/14/2010 4:55:12 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: paulycy
That must be the squirrel in this vid!


11 posted on 02/14/2010 4:55:44 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: paulycy

12 posted on 02/14/2010 4:57:13 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: paulycy

LOL, so that was the ‘Fifth Beatle.’


13 posted on 02/14/2010 5:00:34 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Daffynition

>Seriously. I think the UK has a series squirrel problem>

LOL!

The British papers often have squirrels, cats and other animal articles.


14 posted on 02/14/2010 5:01:00 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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15 posted on 02/14/2010 5:02:04 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

16 posted on 02/14/2010 5:05:41 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Daffynition

Yikes!


17 posted on 02/14/2010 5:08:10 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality. (Hi Mom.))
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18 posted on 02/14/2010 5:10:25 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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19 posted on 02/14/2010 5:13:17 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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20 posted on 02/14/2010 5:15:34 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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21 posted on 02/14/2010 5:15:38 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: SoCalPol; JoeProBono

22 posted on 02/14/2010 5:17:15 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Texas Eagle

23 posted on 02/14/2010 5:18:17 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition
He's a fast one.

Run away! Run away!


24 posted on 02/14/2010 5:23:32 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality. (Hi Mom.))
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To: paulycy
Wait 'til they invite their kin!


25 posted on 02/14/2010 5:47:57 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition

The real reason he was banned was because he didn’t meet the height requirement.


26 posted on 02/14/2010 5:50:08 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (We'll remember in November!)
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To: nnn0jeh

ping


27 posted on 02/14/2010 5:54:26 PM PST by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: Daffynition

28 posted on 02/14/2010 6:13:39 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Fast Moving Angel
LOL ...even if he cheated!


29 posted on 02/14/2010 6:25:47 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: JoeProBono

30 posted on 02/14/2010 6:30:07 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition

31 posted on 02/14/2010 6:33:12 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
Ignite! Launch!


32 posted on 02/14/2010 6:40:43 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition

33 posted on 02/14/2010 6:43:59 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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34 posted on 02/14/2010 6:46:44 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: null and void; Lakeshark; Borax Queen; derllak

Nully?
You influenced this squirrel, didn’t you?


35 posted on 02/15/2010 8:19:49 AM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: Darksheare
"Banning a squirrel from a roller coaster is certainly unusual but I suppose there's a first time for everything."

IBTZ.

36 posted on 02/15/2010 8:31:29 AM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Darksheare; derllak
Doorlock is the eggspurt on squirrels.

Squirrely derlly

37 posted on 02/15/2010 8:33:26 AM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Lakeshark

I think that’d actually be IBTsquirrelZ.


38 posted on 02/15/2010 8:36:31 AM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: Darksheare

LOL.


39 posted on 02/15/2010 8:39:49 AM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Lakeshark; sweetliberty

I can’t believe nobody pinged Nully to this.
D’oh!
I florgot sweets!


40 posted on 02/15/2010 8:43:47 AM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: Darksheare
Flahgettabouttit.

:-)

SL seems to have disappeared. Now, I'm not blaming you, particularly.........

41 posted on 02/15/2010 8:47:35 AM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Lakeshark

Drats!


42 posted on 02/15/2010 8:52:49 AM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: Darksheare; null and void

Maybe Nully kidnapped her...........


43 posted on 02/15/2010 8:54:06 AM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Lakeshark; sweetliberty; null and void; derllak

Derlly is hiding her from us so we can’t send anymore drawer possums.


44 posted on 02/15/2010 8:59:42 AM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: Daffynition

Mr Flibble used to do that to me.

It was OK as long as I had a shirt on.

Mostly I looked like a road map.

45 posted on 02/15/2010 9:59:51 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 389 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Daffynition

SQUIRREL GRENADE

I never dreamed slowly cruising through a residential neighborhood could be so incredibly dangerous! Studies have shown that motorcycling requires more decisions per second, and more sheer data processing than nearly any other common activity or sport. The reactions and accurate decision making abilities needed have been likened to the reactions of fighter pilots! The consequences of bad decisions or poor situational awareness are pretty much the same for both groups too.

Occasionally, as a rider I have caught myself starting to make bad or late decisions while riding. In flight training, my instructors called this being “behind the power curve”. It is a mark of experience that when this begins to happen, the rider recognizes the situation, and more importantly, does something about it. A short break, a meal, or even a gas stop can set things right again as it gives the brain a chance to catch up.

Good, accurate, and timely decisions are essential when riding a motorcycle.at least if you want to remain among the living. In short, the brain needs to keep up with the machine.

I had been banging around the roads of east Texas and as I headed back into Dallas, found myself in very heavy, high-speed traffic on the freeways. Normally, this is not a problem, I commute in these conditions daily, but suddenly I was nearly run down by a cage that decided it needed my lane more than I did. This is not normally a big deal either, as it happens around here often, but usually I can accurately predict which drivers are not paying attention and avoid them before we are even close. This one I missed seeing until it was nearly too late, and as I took evasive action I nearly broadsided another car that I was not even aware was there!

Two bad decisions and insufficient situational awareness.all within seconds. I was behind the power curve. Time to get off the freeway. I hit the next exit, and as I was in an area I knew pretty well, headed through a few big residential neighborhoods as a new route home. As I turned onto the nearly empty streets I opened the visor on my full-face helmet to help get some air. I figured some slow riding through the quiet surface streets would give me time to relax, think, and regain that “edge” so frequently required when riding. Little did I suspect.

As I passed an oncoming car, a brown furry missile shot out from under it and tumbled to a stop immediately in front of me. It was a squirrel, and must have been trying to run across the road when it encountered the car. I really was not going very fast, but there was no time to brake or avoid it-it was that close.

I hate to run over animals.and I really hate it on a motorcycle, but a squirrel should pose no danger to me. I barely had time to brace for the impact.

Animal lovers, never fear. Squirrels can take care of themselves!

Inches before impact, the squirrel flipped to his feet. He was standing on his hind legs and facing the oncoming Valkyrie with steadfast resolve in his little beady eyes. His mouth opened, and at the last possible second, he screamed and leapt! I am pretty sure the scream was squirrel for, “Banzai!” or maybe, “Die you gravy-sucking, heathen scum!” as the leap was spectacular and he flew over the windshield and impacted me squarely in the chest.

Instantly he set upon me. If I did not know better I would have sworn he brought twenty of his little buddies along for the attack. Snarling, hissing, and tearing at my clothes, he was a frenzy of activity. As I was dressed only in a light t-shirt, summer riding gloves, and jeans this was a bit of a cause for concern. This furry little tornado was doing some damage!

Picture a large man on a huge black and chrome cruiser, dressed in jeans, a t-shirt, and leather gloves puttering maybe 25mph down a quiet residential street.and in the fight of his life with a squirrel. And losing.

I grabbed for him with my left hand and managed to snag his tail. With all my strength I flung the evil rodent off the left of the bike, almost running into the right curb as I recoiled from the throw.

That should have done it. The matter should have ended right there. It really should have. The squirrel could have sailed into one of the pristinely kept yards and gone on about his business, and I could have headed home. No one would have been the wiser. But this was no ordinary squirrel. This was not even an ordinary pissed-off squirrel. This was an evil attack squirrel of death!

Somehow he caught my gloved finger with one of his little hands, and with the force of the throw swung around and with a resounding thump and an amazing impact he landed square on my back and resumed his rather anti-social and extremely distracting activities. He also managed to take my left glove with him!

The situation was not improved. Not improved at all. His attacks were continuing, and now I could not reach him. I was startled to say the least. The combination of the force of the throw, only having one hand (the throttle hand) on the handlebars, and my jerking back unfortunately put a healthy twist through my right hand and into the throttle. A healthy twist on the throttle of a Valkyrie can only have one result. Torque. This is what the Valkyrie is made for, and she is very, very good at it. The engine roared as the front wheel left the pavement. The squirrel screamed in anger. The Valkyrie screamed in ecstasy. I screamed in.well.I just plain screamed.

Now picture a large man on a huge black and chrome cruiser, dressed in jeans, a slightly squirrel torn t-shirt, and only one leather glove roaring at maybe 70mph and rapidly accelerating down a quiet residential street.on one wheel and with a demonic squirrel on his back. The man and the squirrel are both screaming bloody murder.

With the sudden acceleration I was forced to put my other hand back on the handlebars and try to get control of the bike. This was leaving the mutant squirrel to his own devices, but I really did not want to crash into somebody’s tree, house, or parked car. Also, I had not yet figured out how to release the throttle.my brain was just simply overloaded. I did manage to mash the back brake, but it had little affect against the massive power of the big cruiser.

About this time the squirrel decided that I was not paying sufficient attention to this very serious battle (maybe he is a Scottish attack squirrel of death), and he came around my neck and got IN my full-face helmet with me. As the faceplate closed partway and he began hissing in my face I am quite sure my screaming changed tone and intensity. It seemed to have little affect on the squirrel however. The rpm’s on The Dragon maxed out (I was not concerned about shifting at the moment) and her front end started to drop. Now picture the large man on the huge black and chrome cruiser, dressed in jeans, a very ragged torn t-shirt, and wearing one leather glove, roaring at probably 80mph, still on one wheel, with a large puffy squirrel’s tail sticking out his mostly closed full-face helmet. By now the screams are probably getting a little hoarse.

Finally I got the upper hand.I managed to grab his tail again, pulled him out of my helmet, and slung him to the left as hard as I could. This time it worked.sort-of. Spectacularly sort-of, so to speak.

Picture the scene. You are a cop. You and your partner have pulled off on a quiet residential street and parked with your windows down to do some paperwork.

Suddenly a large man on a huge black and chrome cruiser, dressed in jeans, a torn t-shirt flapping in the breeze, and wearing one leather glove, moving at probably 80mph on one wheel, and screaming bloody murder roars by and with all his strength throws a live squirrel grenade directly into your police car.

I heard screams. They weren’t mine...

I managed to get the big motorcycle under directional control and dropped the front wheel to the ground. I then used maximum braking and skidded to a stop in a cloud of tire smoke at the stop sign at a busy cross street.

I would have returned to fess up (and to get my glove back). I really would have. Really. But for two things. First, the cops did not seem interested or the slightest bit concerned about me at the moment. One of them was on his back in the front yard of the house they had been parked in front of and was rapidly crabbing backwards away from the patrol car. The other was standing in the street and was training a riot shotgun on the police cruiser.

So the cops were not interested in me. They often insist to “let the professionals handle it” anyway. That was one thing. The other? Well, I swear I could see the squirrel, standing in the back window of the patrol car among shredded and flying pieces of foam and upholstery, and shaking his little fist at me. I think he was shooting me the finger. That is one dangerous squirrel.

And now he has a patrol car.

I took a deep breath, turned on my turn-signal, made an easy right turn, and sedately left the neighborhood. As for my easy and slow drive home? Screw it. Faced with a choice of 80mph cars and inattentive drivers, or the evil, demonic, attack squirrel of death...I’ll take my chances with the freeway. Every time. And I’ll buy myself a new pair of gloves.

46 posted on 02/15/2010 10:02:28 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 389 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Darksheare
Nully?
You influenced this squirrel, didn’t you?

Ain't sayin'

47 posted on 02/15/2010 10:03:19 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 389 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Lakeshark
Maybe Nully kidnapped her...........

Ain't sayin'

48 posted on 02/15/2010 10:04:13 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 389 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: null and void; Darksheare; sweetliberty

Nully’s just playing possum........


49 posted on 02/15/2010 10:05:49 AM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Daffynition

Bump


50 posted on 02/15/2010 10:09:20 AM PST by sport
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