We were going to blog about how your friendly neighbourhood squirrel can cost you more than a few stolen nuts. You need to know how much damage they can do once they start gnawing through timbers and wires in your home.
But then we started watching squirrel obstacle course videos on YouTube. And we have to admit that we got distracted. So we thought we’d share some of our favourites with you.
It started when someone said: “Wasn’t there a squirrel assault course in a TV ad years ago?” Seconds later we’d tracked down the Original Carling Black Label advert, complete with the compelling ‘Mission Impossible’ soundtrack.
We’re not sure if that’s the first squirrel obstacle course on video, but it’s one of the most memorable and has inspired stacks of imitators. We also like this one, or should we say, two. Don’t switch off after the first squirrel finds the nut!
Making a squirrel obstacle course isn’t just for the professionals. All you need is some wood, rope, plastic tubing and a squirrel. And some nuts, obviously. This guy treated his squirrel to a course that became increasingly more complicated over 23 days, and videoed the results.
It seems that squirrels will go to almost any extreme to get those nuts. They’re not afraid to take on someone bigger than they are. This great little video shows what can happen when a squirrel knows what it wants!
The star of the show so far has been the ubiquitous grey squirrel, a foreign invader that carries a disease fatal to Britain’s smaller, native red squirrel. But the reds are equally agile and determined, as this excerpt from a BBC documentary reveals.
Finally, we discovered one squirrel story that would have made a great video but unfortunately wasn’t captured on camera. A New Jersey squirrel managed to destroy an entire car in 2007. It decided to chew on some overhead power lines, with the predictable explosive result that took a Toyota Camry with it.
Fortunately most squirrels don’t do that kind of damage!