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  • Milpitas home visited by mutant squirrel (BLACK SQUIRRELS MATTER)

    12/25/2015 7:51:00 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 35 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12/25/15 | Joan Morris
    DEAR JOAN: For the very first time in 24 years at our home, we have a black squirrel in the backyard. With about a dozen trees in back, we have had many gray squirrels over the years but never a black one. How rare are they? He looks smaller, maybe younger than the others. Is this a mutant squirrel or a different type? Dana Arbaugh, Milpitas DEAR DANA: Black squirrels are unusual but not rare. Palo Alto appears to have the most black squirrels in the Bay Area, but they are also seen elsewhere. Technically, you could call it a...
  • Warning issued after squirrel attacks 8 people in Marin

    12/03/2015 7:50:40 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 46 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 12/03/2015 | Stephanie Weldy
    A vicious squirrel is on the prowl in Novato. What's been reported as a gray fox squirrel has jumped from trees and scampered into classrooms and garages to attack a total of eight people in northwest Novato in past weeks, and the Marin Humane Society is on the hunt to find the perpetrator before more attacks ensue.
  • Drunk Squirrel Thrown out of Bar after Causing £300 of Damage

    10/04/2015 8:59:41 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 33 replies
    Neatorama ^ | 4OCT2015 | John Farrier
    <p>Yesterday the branch secretary of the club said the rodent had caused around £300 worth of damage.</p> <p>He added: "When I opened the door it was absolutely ransacked.</p> <p>"There were bottles scattered around, money scattered around and he had obviously run across the bar's pumps and managed to turn on the Caffrey's tap .</p>
  • Muskogee County gun range posts sign saying establishment is 'Muslim free'

    08/13/2015 1:06:51 PM PDT · by Osage Orange · 30 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 8-13-2015 | SAMANTHA VICENT World Staff Writer
    Muskogee County gun range posts sign saying establishment is 'Muslim free' The Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gear store in Oktaha, off U.S. 69 in Muskogee County, has posted a sign indicating the business is a Muslim free establishment. Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2015 1:45 pm | Updated: 2:49 pm, Thu Aug 13, 2015. By SAMANTHA VICENT World Staff Writer An owner of a Muskogee County gun range confirmed Thursday that his business has a sign posted on its window indicating the facility is a "Muslim free" establishment, an act that has drawn criticism and raised legal questions from a...
  • Drunk squirrel thrown out of bar (caused $400 damage)

    07/21/2015 4:37:17 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | cbsnews.com
    A squirrel in the UK broke into a Worcestershire pub, July 12, 2015, and caused over $400 worth of damage. 62-year-old Sam Boulter, the owner of the Honeybourne Railyway Club, told the Western Daily Press that he originally thought his private members club might have been ransacked by burglars, when he discovered the damage.
  • Squirrel eats snake at Texas national park

    07/11/2015 6:15:31 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 34 replies
    upi ^ | July 10, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, Texas, -- The U.S. Department of Interior shared a photo of a squirrel at a Texas park displaying a little-known behavior for its species -- eating a snake. The photo, which the department shared on Facebook and Twitter, was snapped by park ranger William Leggett at Guadalupe Mountains National Park. "Ranger Leggett heard a racket outside the Frijole Ranch and then recorded the entire epic battle. The squirrel devoured most of the snake, bones and all, down to the last two inches," the Facebook post said. The post said it isn't unheard of for rock squirrels...
  • Deadly new squirrel virus may have killed 3 men

    07/09/2015 9:47:06 AM PDT · by dware · 15 replies
    Newser via Fox News ^ | 07.09.2015 | Rob Quinn
    Squirrel breeding is a real job—and apparently a very dangerous one if you're dealing with the wrong kind of squirrel. After the mysterious deaths of three German men who all worked as breeders of variegated squirrels—a kind of squirrel native to Central America that's sometimes kept as an exotic pet—researchers have identified a new virus that had apparently jumped from the squirrels to the men, LiveScience reports. The men, who were in their 60s and regularly socialized together, died between 2011 and 2013 from inflammation of the brain, and researchers say at least two of them had been scratched or...
  • Squirrel interrupts Phillies-Cardinals game, jumps on Chase Utley

    06/20/2015 9:10:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    CSN Philly ^ | June 19, 2015 | Chris Mueller
    After Phillies starting pitcher Phillippe Aumont gave up four earned runs in the second inning of Friday night's game against the Cardinals, a nearby squirrel decided enough was enough. Climbing up the protective netting behind home plate, the squirrel gave Phillies faithful some much-needed entertainment while watching their 23-45 ballclub on its way to another dreadful loss. The critter showed off some impressive balance as he circus-walked across the wire holding up the net. With the crowd's attention, the squirrel then nosedived almost 30 feet onto the top of the Phillies' dugout and hopped in to join the team. Actually,...
  • PG&E Says Squirrel Caused Outage That Impacted 45,000 In East Bay

    06/11/2015 9:05:22 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | June 8, 2015
    Officials said a squirrel caused a massive outage that left more than 40,000 East Bay Pacific Gas & Electric customers in the dark Monday night. The utility told KPIX 5 that a squirrel got into the El Cerrito substation and damaged equipment around 8:00 p.m. Monday night, leading to an outage that impacted 45,000 customers at its peak. The squirrel did not survive. The squirrel-related outage impacted customers in Berkeley, Albany, Richmond and El Cerrito. Officials said most of the power was restored after 10:00 p.m. On social media, people posted pictures of being stuck in the dark. BEST tweeted...
  • Cat and Squirrel's complicated relationship

    02/07/2015 12:15:11 PM PST · by Bobalu · 22 replies
    youtube ^ | Nov 19, 2014 | Shannon Apple
    Adorable video of a pet cat and pet squirrel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMWItiji2aY
  • Here is a Picture of Super Squirrel

    12/13/2014 12:58:38 PM PST · by VRW Conspirator · 28 replies
    Comicvine ^ | ummmm | Unattributed
    He may save your life one day.
  • Squirrel’s final dash ends in disaster with cyclist injured

    10/06/2014 9:14:18 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 6, 2014 | Vivian Ho
    In an act of nature that defied the laws of probability, a squirrel seriously injured a bicyclist at the Levi’s GranFondo charity ride in Sonoma County over the weekend when it ran onto the course and got caught in the spokes of the man’s bike, authorities said.
  • What is it That Most Distracts Us? You Don’t Have to Look Very Far!

    09/11/2014 4:14:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/10/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We usually think of distractions or interruptions as coming form the world around us. But is that really the most common source? Consider the following parable drawn from the stories of the early Desert Fathers and from monastic experience: Sometimes there would be a rush of noisy visitors and the silence of the monastery would be shattered.This would upset the disciples; not the Master, who seemed just as content with the noise as with the silence.To his protesting disciples he said one day, “Silence is not the absence of sound, but the absence of self.” The fact is, our greatest...
  • Squirrel Runs In Front Of Kevin Harvick (The rest of the story.)

    09/02/2014 8:53:03 AM PDT · by Borneo1 · 29 replies
    Deep Dixie racing ^ | 9/1/14 | Dale Hall
    It wasn't the happy ending that many were originally reporting. The squirrel found his way into the great nuthouse in the sky. "By now, most people have seen the video of the cat/squirrel which ran in front of Kevin Harvick Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He thought it was a cat at first but on closer inspection, it was obviously a squirrel. The squirrel ran across the track in Turn 3 but soon afterward, he made his way around to Turn 4 where he ultimately met his demise. That's right, there is no happy ending for this story. The...
  • Russian Media Blame Ukraine For Plane Disaster

    07/19/2014 8:48:25 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 56 replies
    TIME ^ | July 18, 2014 | Charly Wilder
    <p>In televised comments this morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that responsibility for the tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 on Thursday lay with “the government of the territory on which it happened.” He stopped short of directly blaming the Ukrainian military for launching the missile – but Russia’s many state-controlled media outlets have been only too happy to do that for him. On Friday morning, as the world tried to make sense of the crash in separatist-controlled Ukraine, the Russian spin machine was already doing damage control. Gruesome images of the wreckage were splashed across this morning’s papers under headlines blaming Kiev for the attack.</p>
  • Did a Russian soldier's trigger finger blow MH17 out of the sky. US says separatists would struggle

    07/18/2014 11:52:02 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 191 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 23:34 EST, 18 July 2014 | Associated Press (AP)
    U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that the United States cannot rule out that Russia helped in the launch of the surface-to-air missile that shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. Power said the U.S. believes the plane was likely downed by an SA-11 missile fired from an area in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists. She said Russia has provided SA-11s and other heavy weapons to the separatists. Britain's U.N. Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, who called the emergency meeting, was more emphatic...
  • 'Vampire' Squirrel Has World's Fluffiest Tail

    07/07/2014 12:16:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Science ^ | 30 June 2014 | Erik Stokstad
    Few scientists have ever seen the rare tufted ground squirrel (Rheithrosciurus macrotis), which hides in the hilly forests of Borneo, but it is an odd beast. It’s twice the size of most tree squirrels, and it reputedly has a taste for blood. Now, motion-controlled cameras have revealed another curious fact. The 35-centimeter-long rodent has the bushiest tail of any mammal compared with its body size. "The species is really quite bizarre," says Erik Meijaard, a conservation scientist with People and Nature Consulting International in Jakarta. Meijaard and his wife, Rona Dennis, an independent remote sensing scientist, gathered a collection of...

    06/14/2014 6:10:35 PM PDT · by kingattax · 41 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 14 Jun 2014 | by ROBERT WILDE
    Fox News has reported that a giant squirrel has been stalking former first lady Hillary Clinton during her national book tour, where she has been touting Hard Choices and, some say, initiating her campaign to run for President in 2016. The feisty creature, unlike other squirrels, is wearing a T-shirt saying, “Another Clinton in the White House is Nuts.”
  • Chuck Todd: White House Expected ‘Euphoria’ Over Bergdahl’s Release

    06/03/2014 2:19:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 3, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Todd: White House was 'caught off guard' MSNBC’S Chuck Todd observed Tuesday that the White House was “caught off guard” by the disastrous public roll out of their prisoner exchange for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Todd and Andrea Mitchell agreed that the White House had likely thought there would be “some euphoria around this, the only POW that was remaining in Afghanistan, that there would be a rally around the flag. That didn’t happen.” “They were expecting criticisms of Gitmo, criticisms of the detainees that were chosen,” Todd said. “They did not expect this criticism of the attempt to...
  • Woman sued for $2 million after boyfriend torches squirrel on apartment deck, starts massive fire

    04/04/2014 6:32:26 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 99 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | 4/3/2014 | Heidi Fenton
    HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, MI -- A woman who signed an apartment lease with her boyfriend and allegedly agreed to be liable for any smoke or water damage, faces a $2 million lawsuit after he attempted to cook a squirrel and started a massive fire with a torch. ... Khek Chanthalavong told investigators the blaze started after he had been using a torch on the deck of a unit he shared with Barbara Pellow, to burn the fur off a squirrel he'd captured. Once the fur was removed, he placed the torch in the corner of their deck, next to a plastic...
  • Squirrel Blamed for San Jose Power Outage

    03/19/2014 2:37:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014
    A squirrel caused a power outage that left nearly 1,200 PG&E customers in San Jose without power Wednesday morning, a utility spokeswoman said. The outage was first reported around 8:20 a.m. and affected 1,180 customers in the city's College Park neighborhood, according to PG&E spokeswoman Monica Tell. She said a squirrel came into contact with some PG&E equipment in the area, causing the outage. One of the customers affected was Caltrain's San Jose dispatching center, according to Tell. The outage caused the dispatching center to fail and led trains to stop, causing major system-wide delays. The area impacted was bounded...
  • Squirrels are the true threat to America’s infrastructure

    01/29/2014 2:51:30 PM PST · by thackney · 61 replies
    Grist ^ | 29 Jan 2014 | Sarah Laskow
    We may worry about hackers taking down the electrical grid, says Eugene K. Chow at The Week, just like we worry about, for example, bikers hitting frail old ladies crossing the street. But both threats are overblown. Like biker-on-old-lady violence, cyberattacks are so rare that they’re notable — we fear them and talk about them precisely because they don’t happen very often. But the true threat lies elsewhere, with more common villains. On the street, of course, it’s cars. In the nation’s electricity infrastructure, it’s squirrels. Chow explains: Even squirrels are proving to be, well, a squirrelly problem. No one...
  • Wild squirrel drops by to play with cat it grew up with (video)

    01/19/2014 12:40:18 PM PST · by Innovative · 29 replies
    America Blog ^ | Jan 17, 2014 | John Aravosis
    "This is a wild video. This squirrel apparently used to live with the cat as another pet in this woman’s home. The squirrel finally went out on its own, but still comes back from time to time to play with the cat."
  • SC woman stabs husband with ceramic squirrel over lack of beer, police say

    12/30/2013 6:20:46 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 36 replies
    WCBD News 13 ^ | December 27, 2013 | Staff
    NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - A North Charleston woman is in jail after police say she stabbed her husband with a ceramic squirrel. According to the police report, Helen Ann Williams attacked her husband on Christmas Day after he failed to bring beer back to the house. Police said they were dispatched to the home and found the victim with a large amount of blood on his face. When police asked Williams what happened to her husband, she first said that he fell and cut himself, but then told officers more. Williams said her common-law spouse went to a store to...
  • Western official: Iran nuclear deal may be imminent (BREAKING News on CNN)

    11/22/2013 3:13:06 PM PST · by Innovative · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | Nov 22, 2013 | Jim Sciutto
    Momentum appears to be building for a breakthrough deal on Iran's nuclear program, with top diplomats flocking to the site of ongoing talks and one Western official saying Friday a deal could be reached "as soon as tonight." U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary William Hague will both be in Geneva on Saturday.
  • Police officer fired after shooting at squirrel in store

    10/27/2013 1:55:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 73 replies
    UPI ^ | Oct. 25, 2013
    Officials in a Tennessee city said a police officer was fired for shooting his gun and using pepper spray in an attempt to get a squirrel out of a dollar store. Mountain City Police Officer Jody Putnam went to a Dollar General in Johnson County on a report of a squirrel running loose in the store and police department records state the officer fired off his gun in an apparent attempt to kill or scare the animal, WJHL-TV, Johnson City, Tenn., reported Friday. "Shooting back there, of course that should not have been, that should not have happened," property owner...
  • Politicking with Dogs in Tow

    10/13/2013 4:41:13 AM PDT · by SovereignVA · 16 replies
    I tried googling for some answers, but I think my question is too vague. I am the proud new dog owner of an adorable five-year-old female dachshund mix. I've worked with dogs for the last eight years in a medical setting, but have never had one of my own. Can I (or more to the point is it advisable to) bring my Lady with me on election day when I hand out sample ballots for my precinct? What kind of political activities are dog-friendly, and which should be avoided? Also, any recommendations for colorful doggie t-shirt/sweaters? Six in the morning...
  • Squirrel crawls out of Winnipegger's toilet

    06/14/2013 11:51:29 AM PDT · by heartwood · 31 replies
    Winnipeg Free Press ^ | June 14, 2013 | Oliver Sachgau
    Most people prefer not to look at the contents of their toilet, but a St. James woman had no choice when the contents of her toilet tried to escape. Angela Campbell said her dogs were acting strange early Wednesday morning. She started hearing loud noises coming from the toilet. "It basically sounded like a bowling ball flopping inside of a toilet. The things I was envisioning in my head were monsters," she said. When she went and opened the toilet, she discovered not monsters, but a squirrel clinging to the bowl and smelling extremely bad, she said. "It basically was...
  • In the Face of Scandals Including Benghazi and IRS, Barack Obama Following Squirrel on Twitter

    05/13/2013 5:04:27 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 6 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 5/13/13 | Aurelius
    A US ambassador in Syria was bloodily murdered on September 11, 2012. In the immediate aftermath, the Obama Administration knowingly put forward erroneous talking points and intelligence, likely in the hopes that their mishandling of terrorism would not hurt the President's reelection campaign. The IRS, starting as early as 2010, scrutinized and targeted Tea Party groups. The Administration dismissed these claims for three years; yet, as the Tea Party has been vindicated, President Obama is scrambling to save face, saying that only lower-level employees knew about this partisanship. Today, it was also revealed that the Obama Administration is secretly wiretapping...
  • Darwin-ready: Man tapes centerfire cartridge to BB gun

    04/27/2013 11:54:22 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 74 replies
    The Outdoor Pressroom ^ | April 27, 2013
    Authorities in Gainesville, Fla. have charged William Daniel Lloyd with discharging a firearm in public and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, after he reportedly tried to shoot a squirrel for dinner by taping a .40-caliber cartridge to the muzzle of a Pumpmaster 7670 BB gun. Lloyd, 31, was treated — and later released — for shrapnel wounds when the cartridge exploded. The condition of the targeted squirrel was not reported. The Gainesville Sun .
  • MEME ALERT: Squirrel Makes Hasty Escape [Funny video]

    01/31/2013 10:10:15 AM PST · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    http://www.wftw.com ^ | 01-31-2013 | David Attenborogh / NatGeo
    File this under the nascent category of "frightened rodents on YouTube." A certain clip from the nature documentary BBC's Africa, narrated by David Attenborough has caught the attention of internet meme-makers, and sure enough it's now making the rounds online. The 20 second snippet of footage takes place somewhere on the great continent, and what little context we have depicts a spotted cheetah on the hunt. "He's blown it," Attenborough says, as a succession of prey high-tails it out of the cheetahs hungry path. Last is our little friend the squirrel, who drops his own tasty lunch to head for...
  • I Once Saved a Drowning Squirrel From a Horse Tank With a Hoe...Vanity

    01/11/2013 8:58:37 PM PST · by JouleZ · 108 replies
    1/11/2013 | JouleZ
    I went out to my garden by the barn and heard splashing in the horse tank. I saw movement and ran to see what the heck was going on when an exhausted squirrel rose up and tried desperately to claw her way out of the metal tank. She couldn't and was swimming in circles. I grabbed a hoe and after a few failed attempts, got her out. I was afraid to touch her with my hands because of fleas and potential disease. She finally used her teeth to bite the edge of the hoe and I was able to lift...
  • Talented Squirrel Defeats Suspended Bird Feeder With One Heroic Zip Line Maneuver [Video]

    01/02/2013 7:35:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Inquistr ^ | http://www.inquisitr.com/463527/talented-squirrel-defeats-suspended-bird-feeder-with-one-heroic-zip-
    Squirrels can be awfully aerobatic when they want to, and, in the case of one squirrel, those aerobatics led to some delicious bird food. Realizing that he couldn’t walk across a suspended bird feeder, this little crafty guy used the suspension line and his adorable paws to create a squirrel-based zipline. Either this squirrel really wanted to have some fun, or the bird feed in the suspended feeder is absolutely amazing. This video was uploaded to YouTube on December 28 and has racked up 3,882 views at the time of this post.
  • Obama skips Fla. stop, heads home to deal with Hurricane Sandy [Florida Media in Depression]

    10/29/2012 5:42:41 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 42 replies
    CBS ^ | October 29, 2012
    The balancing act between campaigning and dealing with a natural disaster the week before a presidential election is a vexing one, considering there's no precedent for it. In the latest example of juggling both, President Obama made a last-minute decision this morning to fly back to the White House and forgo the one campaign stop he kept on his schedule for today. After initially announcing that he would skip his Ohio stop later today but still attend a campaign event in Orlando, Fla., a key spot in an important battleground state, the president flew to Orlando Sunday night to be...
  • The Democrats’ Squirrel a Day Plan

    10/25/2012 11:38:56 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 6 replies
    Powerline ^ | 10/25/12 | John Hinderaker
    On paper, a president with Barack Obama’s record has no shot at re-election. The Democrats, knowing that Obama’s record is indefensible, decided that their only viable strategy is one of distraction. Every day, they have to come up with something to distract voters from Obama’s record. Michelle Malkin called it the Squirrel Strategy–”look, over there–a squirrel!” Today’s squirrel is a decades-old divorce in which Mitt Romney was deposed. **snip**Meanwhile, there is a great deal of real news if the press would choose to cover it. It was reported today that Iran has reached a milestone in its effort to produce...
  • Senator Says Nuts to SDSU (San Diego State University) "RoboSquirrel" Study

    10/24/2012 3:16:34 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | October 22, 2012 | Gary Robbins
    Senator says nuts to SDSU 'RoboSquirrel' study - The 'Robosquirrel' developed by San Diego State and UC Davis can move its tail to mimic the behavior of a real animal. UC Davis A San Diego State University research project involving robotic squirrels has been placed on Sen. Tom Coburn's annual list of wasteful government spending, a move the campus says is unfair and misleading. Coburn, R-Okla., issued the list last week, criticizing everything from the use of food stamps to purchase fast food to a subsidy for a struggling ferry business in Alaska. The list also is critical of the...
  • Romney’s “secret video” and the Dem politics of “Squirrel!”

    09/19/2012 6:07:44 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 18 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 9/18/12 | Michelle Malkin
    Democrats need to change their party mascot from the donkey to the squirrel. They divert the media and the electorate’s short attention spans with fleeting, fuzzy objects — like the talking dog in the animated Pixar movie “Up,” who was easily distracted from his main thoughts and serious duties by every last little, moving trifle. Embassy attacks? Quick, find a squirrel! Warnings ignored? Squirrel! American troops killed by long-plotting jihadis exploiting security weaknesses? Squirrel! First Amendment sabotage by White House officials in the name of political correctness? Squirrel! Chronic joblessness, high gas prices, exploding dependency? Squirrel! Squirrel! Squirrel!
  • Squirrel Dies Despite Police Olive Oil Rescue

    08/12/2012 2:08:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    The Local ^ | 6 Aug 12
    The week got off to an emotional start for police officers in a small German town after they poured energy - and olive oil - into freeing a squirrel with its head stuck in a manhole cover, only to find it had died of stress a couple of hours later.The pair of officers were called to the squirrel's aid on Monday when a woman found its little head, squealing manically, poking out of the road, the Hannoversche Allgemeine newspaper reported. Initially they tried to push the animal's head down through the hole but it was too tightly jammed in, and...
  • Bronze Age 'Facebook' discovered by Cambridge experts

    05/19/2012 6:28:45 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Cambridge News ^ | May 2012 | Leanne Ehren
    Mark Sapwell believes he has discovered an 'archaic version' of social networking site Facebook. Mark Sapwell, who is a PhD archaeology student at St John's College, believes he has discovered an "archaic version" of the social networking site, where users share thoughts and emotions and give stamps of approval to other contributions -- similar to the Facebook "like". Images of animals and events were drawn on the rock faces in Russian and Northern Sweden to communicate with distant tribes and descendants during the Bronze Age. They form a timeline preserved in stone encompassing thousands of years. Mr Sapwell said: "Like...
  • Baby Squirrel Finds Home Alongside Michigan Cats

    05/12/2012 7:42:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Times Union ^ | Friday, May 11, 2012
    A baby squirrel is finding a home of sorts alongside a cat and her kittens in Michigan. Eight-year-old Bailee Schultz heard the squirrel whimpering a few weeks ago in a wooded area of his grandparents' property in Bay County's Bangor Township. Stephanie Box tells MLive.com (http://bit.ly/IX2Oqj ) Bailee brought her to the squirrel, which was under a nest. Box says she placed the squirrel they call Bushytail with her cat, Oreo, who recently gave birth to five kittens. The next day, Box says the squirrel was nursing side-by-side with the kittens. They've also seen Oreo lick Bushytail.
  • Rare Albino Squirrel Spotted by Photographer in Ramsgate Park

    04/24/2012 9:23:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    This is Kent ^ | Tuesday, April 24, 2012
    AUTHOR Eric C Bartholomew has photographed lots of animals – elephants, tigers, wild boar – but none were as tricky to capture as Thanet's albino squirrel. The 67-year-old scribbler, of St Lawrence Chase, Ramsgate, spotted the white wonder in a park close to Ramsgate's Royal Esplanade on Monday, April 16. Wildlife experts estimate that the odds of a pure white squirrel being born are one in 100,000. Mr Bartholomew, a safari lover, chased the rare rodent around the park for 20 minutes before he got his shot at about 7am. He said: "I was in the right place at the...
  • Philadelphia Man Rescues Squirrel Stuck in Bag of Pistachios

    04/24/2012 7:50:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 23, 2012 | Jennifer Abbey
    A Philadelphia man came to the rescue of a hungry squirrel that was apparently stuck inside a bag of pistachios. Sergei Petrov was hanging out at his friend’s house Thursday when he noticed the squirrel with the bag on its head, running in circles. “He sensed that I was there, but he couldn’t see me so he ran into a wall,” Petrov told ABCNews.com. After several attempts with his foot and finally his hand, Petrov freed the squirrel from the bag. Shocked, the little guy went sprinting in the other direction and up a tree, leaving Petrov happy he didn’t...
  • Is life any better than a squirrel's life

    03/03/2012 10:21:59 PM PST · by jwsea55 · 10 replies
    Does life get any better than this? Ah, I only wish there was more sun.
  • Russians revive Ice Age flower from frozen burrow

    02/20/2012 8:05:56 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 49 replies · 3+ views
    AP ^ | 2/20/12 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW (AP) -- It was an Ice Age squirrel's treasure chamber, a burrow containing fruit and seeds that had been stuck in the Siberian permafrost for over 30,000 years. From the fruit tissues, a team of Russian scientists managed to resurrect an entire plant in a pioneering experiment that paves the way for the revival of other species. The Silene stenophylla is the oldest plant ever to be regenerated, the researchers said, and it is fertile, producing white flowers and viable seeds. The experiment proves that permafrost serves as a natural depository for ancient life forms, said the Russian researchers,...
  • Chocoholic squirrel steals treats from Finnish shop

    08/01/2007 4:35:37 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 13 replies · 410+ views
    YahooNews ^ | Wed Aug 1, | staff reporter
    A Finnish squirrel with a sweet tooth heads to a Finnish grocery shop at least twice a day to steal "Kinder Surprise" chocolate-shelled eggs. "I named it the Kinder-squirrel, after the treats. It always goes after them, other sweets do not seem to interest it as much," the manager of the store in Jyvaskyla, central Finland, told Reuters. The confectionary, which is intended for children, has a toy inside. "It removes the foil carefully, eats the chocolate and leaves the store with the toy," Irene Lindroos said. Unfortunately, the bushy-tailed thief does not clean up after itself, but leaves the...
  • See the Purple Squirrel Discovered in Pennsylvania!

    02/08/2012 2:49:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/8/12 | jonathan m. seidl
    The odd creature was discovered by Percy and Connie Emert in Jeresey Shore, PA on Sunday. “We have bird feeders out in our yard, and the squirrels are constantly into them,” Connie told Accuweather.com. “My husband traps them and then sets them free elsewhere so they don’t get into your bird feeders.” She said she had seen the little creature on the property before, but no one would believe her. “I kept telling my husband I saw a purple one out in the yard. ‘Oh sure you did’ he kept telling me,” she added. “Well, he checked the trap around...
  • My Summer With Fat Earl The Ground Squirrel (the best photos)

    01/15/2012 11:49:37 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Wyman Meinzer website ^ | May 9, 2011 | Wyman Meinzer
    A few summers ago I took some time to drive out to the old home place where I grew up during the 50’s and 60’s. Lots of memories accompany me with every visit so each trip is a “grounding” of sorts. I think we all need that from time to time, or at least I do. On one particular trip in early summer I noticed a small critter scurrying through the parched grass a short distance away and after closer inspection I recognized a little Mexican ground squirrel quite busy looking for some grub to store in his burrow. Being...
  • ...Chubby the squirrel puts on a little too much weight for the winter

    12/10/2011 8:58:33 AM PST · by Daffynition · 42 replies · 1+ views
    DailyMail ^ | 10th December 2011 | Pamela Owen
    Barely able to fit into his feeder and gently resting his foot on the side of the chair to keep his balance, this greedy squirrel tucks into his daily meal. The large rodent has been piling on the pounds in preparation for a harsh winter and every day he is given a new cob to keep him going. Amateur photographer Paulette King has dubbed the gray squirrel 'Chubby' because of its massive size. Every day he visits the woodland garden where he can be seen munching his way through the food and at times, even resorts to burying some before...
  • Camera Catches Squirrel Pulling School's Fire Alarm

    12/09/2011 12:23:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Herald Tribune ^ | Wednesday, December 7, 2011
    The story of the vandal squirrel lives on in the Manatee County School District. Long after the rascally rodent pulled his stunt — setting off a fire alarm that led to the evacuation of an elementary school last year and an investigation into who pulled the false alarm — the squirrel's actions came up at a School Board budget meeting this week. In defense of why the district maintenance department needs a contingency fund, an official pointed out that almost anything can happen at any time in a school district with 44,000 students and 60 schools and other buildings. Such...
  • Ore. Man Aims For Squirrel, Hits His Foot Instead

    11/30/2011 9:02:34 AM PST · by Daffynition · 64 replies
    KTVZ.com ^ | November 29, 2011 | staff reporter
    MONROE, Ore. -- The thing to do if a squirrel runs up your leg is probably not to aim a .22-caliber rifle at it. A Benton County, Ore., sheriff's officer says a 36-year-old Monroe man told deputies he was startled by a squirrel that ran up his left leg so he fired at it but hit his foot instead.