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How hard would you work-out for food?

Monday, July 08, 2013

First you have to leap from a nearby tree and catch the bottom of a “squirrel-proof” bird feeder with your feet.


Then maneuver your body upwards


Until you can get your mouth on the food source


Meanwhile, TEN of your less athletic friends are on the ground waiting for you to knock some seeds their way, which indeed happens.

That squirrel missed the feeder a dozen times and fell to the ground. It gives new meaning to “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” I didn’t have the heart to chase him after all that effort. I just refilled the feeder.

DH will have to figure out something else to foil our olympic level rodent.
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SHIRAZSOLLY 7/10/2013 1:12AM

    Well, to US, it seems like a lot of trouble. But to THEM, it's all in a day's work. And really, is it any worse than driving an hour to a job that bores you to tears? Or selling products you don't believe in? Or mopping floors in an elementary school? Or making fries in McDonald's? It might even seem a little FUN to the squirrel, like bungee jumping does to some guys, but they even get a little treat at the end, and they're even less likely to get seriously harmed.

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MERRYMARY42 7/8/2013 9:14PM

    I have watched squirrels figuring out those squirrel proof feeders, lots of fun and yes sometimes they do deserve that reward

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BELLACUDDLES 7/8/2013 3:32PM

    Now that squirrel has a real CAN DO ATTITUDE!!!

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KELLIEBEAN 7/8/2013 12:39PM

    Now that's entertainment!

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MARGARITTM 7/8/2013 11:55AM

    If your squirrel misses and "sticks the landing" get that picture too!

Would be pretty funny

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MARYJEANSL 7/8/2013 10:58AM

  Actually, my mom has a squirrel baffle that works pretty well to keep them out of the feeder. However, the birds knock plenty of seed on the ground so her squirrels don't starve.

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MARYJEANSL 7/8/2013 10:56AM

  Sooooooo funny! I too have seen some truly Olympic-level squirrel acrobatics in their quest for food to which they are not entitled. But I wouldn't be as nice to them as you. Not only do they ruin the tomatoes I am trying to grow (by taking one bite out of each one), but they invaded my attic, a nightmare I am still recovering from.

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GINIEMIE 7/8/2013 10:30AM

    Yeah, my DGS made me a bird feeder a few years ago. I quit putting seed in it because the squirrels climb into it. They were getting so fat, I was afraid they'd get stuck. Glad to learn not to waste my money on the ones that say "squirrel proof". You got to admire and maybe emulate the creativity, persistence and ingenuity. Yep, some of God's creatures are marvelous. BTW they'll eat the cabbage in your garden too!
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SUZYMOBILE 7/8/2013 10:22AM

    We've tried everything ourselves (NOT to feed ourselves in similar fashion, but to foil the squirrels). Even greasing the shepherd's crook pole with 3-in-1 oil or Vaseline doesn't quite do the trick, but it's fun to watch the sliding that results.

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MYSTERYROSE74 7/8/2013 9:22AM

    Oh how funny! This would have been hysterical to watch. emoticon

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WILSONWR 7/8/2013 9:10AM

    Squirrels are amazing! We haven't found a "squirrel proof" feeder that works yet!

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SANDICANE 7/8/2013 8:52AM

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad I'm not a squirrel!!!!

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Cheers,
Sandi

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LINDAKAY228 7/8/2013 8:50AM

    Oh interesting it must have been to watch that determined little squirrel!

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WATERMELLEN 7/8/2013 8:38AM

    Yup, our squirrels are also training for the trapeze act so far as I can tell -- and although it's exasperating sometimes (they even go after the chickadees' suet blocks) it's also pretty amusing . . . and admirable to see how persistent they can be!!

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DR1939 7/8/2013 8:18AM

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FITFOODIE806 7/8/2013 7:57AM

    Olympic squirrel indeed. He's got skills and determination!

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COCK-ROBIN 7/8/2013 7:51AM

    Wow, this is amazing!

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DAISYBELL6 7/8/2013 7:42AM

    Loved this!

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PHEBESS 7/8/2013 7:42AM

    No wonder we don't see overweight squirrels!

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NANNABLACK 7/8/2013 7:16AM

    Amazing squirrel!

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PMRUNNER 7/8/2013 7:12AM

    Our neighbor went through great (but unsuccessful) lengths to defeat the squirrels at his feeder. Thanks for the laugh!

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OWL_20 7/8/2013 7:10AM

    Sheesh, he's one agile sneak thief! But I have to give him kudos for feeding the rest of the herd (bunch, flock?).

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KRISZTA11 7/8/2013 7:01AM

    Amazing! Thank you for sharing, it made me laugh!
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LEANJEAN6 7/8/2013 6:59AM

    That was one determined squirrel!-Lynda

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/8/2013 6:52AM

    emoticon Adds a whole new layer to the appreciation of motivation!

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DMEYER4 7/8/2013 6:48AM

  great blog thanks for sharing

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