Mary Krupa, the Squirrel Whisperer

Over the years there have been quite a few trained squirrels that have won fame. For instance, there's Sugar Bush Squirrel, Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel, and Tommy Tucker Squirrel.

What makes Mary Krupa and her squirrels slightly different is that during her time as a student at Penn State she's managed to make the wild squirrels on the campus act like tame squirrels — wearing hats, holding props, posing for photos, etc. This has earned her the title of "Squirrel Whisperer" as well as "Squirrel Girl."

I'm quite impressed by what she's been able to achieve since I can't even get my cat to wear a collar, let alone a hat.

More about Mary and her squirrels at ABC News.

Thanks to Hotsauce!
     Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 18, 2016
     Category: Animals

I feed my local "bushy-tailed tree rats" whole nuts, so that they have to work for their supper -- i.e. gnaw the shell off. It keeps their teeth sharp.

Peanuts are not so great for them. For other small nuts, they eat them right on the deck, and the shells get caught between the planks. So I give them whole walnuts, which they probably take away to their dreys (nests), or bury. In either case, I don't have to collect the shells.
Posted by Joshua Zev Levin, Ph.D. on 12/18/16 at 05:56 PM
$60,000 a year and she's learned to make paper hats for squirrells. Mom & Dad are proud beyond words. 😛
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 12/20/16 at 01:16 AM
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