How the internet went nuts for New Yorks squirrel influencers

first_img Pizza rat had a family of young mutated turtles to feed . Reply Reply Share on Facebook Share 8 Jan 2019 8:37 Share on Facebook 1 2 4 5 Shares9494 | Pick Share 0 1 niblickhead Reply 22 23 Nope what he is thinking is; I have to survive, I have to eat this crap, what happened to my forest? Facebook Reply 8 Jan 2019 2:21 Show 3 more replies Share on Facebook Biology Facebook Ricardo111 Twitter Reply | Pick Show 25 Share on Facebook 1 2 8 Jan 2019 Guilty. My catalog of New York photos has far too many squirrels in it, and would have far more if I hadn’t been shamed into deleting half of them by my New York-born wife and her relatives, who think my “ooh look a squirrel!!” Australian thing is very amusing. PunCrock comments (98)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Guardian Pick Report Share on Facebook gmolesworth 4 5 26 27 | Pick | Pick Share on Facebook Flatulentus 8 Jan 2019 Share on Facebook daisydaisyb Share on Facebook | Pick 8 Jan 2019 5:58 Share Reply Order by oldest Share Share on Twitter recommendations Share on Twitter 25 Madeleine Wolfe Twitter All How the internet went nuts for New York’s squirrel influencers Share on Facebook Guardian Pick Share Report 2 | Pick Report 8 Jan 2019 2:01 Share on Twitter Not in the US they’re not. Share on Facebook Drahdiwaberl Share Give a hamster a digestive and it will carry the whole thing back to its nest at once. None of the nonsense about breaking it into pouch sized pieces first. I have known then hang on tight to a digestive, even if the biscuit is raised high up off the floor. They lose all sens of danger once they get their teeth into a digestive. However, they cannot get the biscuit into their cages: too wide, and it covers their whiskers. Fun to observe the struggle. Either they give up and break the biscuit into pieces or you have to help them into thecage, digestive still firmly attached to beast. | Pick Share on Twitter Report 32 33 Report Facebook Jump to comment Share on Twitter Facebook Report | Pick Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Philkin99 Twitter Report Buscar01 rouputuan 4 5 8 Jan 2019 6:21 Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook 2 3 Report Share on Twitter Not here in Canada either. We have Black, Grey and Red squirrels in our garden and that little Red bastard gives the others a run for their money. Pretty sure the other squirrels are afraid of him as he chases them off the bird feeders and he (or she) is half their size. Mean little shit Report Facebook Facebook Veltatecla Facebook 5 6 Twitter Reply Share via Email 8 Jan 2019 6:27 0 1 Report Twitter | Pick Report Share on Twitter Ooops ….’in *one of* MA’s novels’ 8 Jan 2019 3:15 There are squirrels on crack in Brixton. Beat that NYC. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/10/10/london_squirrel_terror/ Reply Share on Facebook Twitter 1 2 Hahahaha 🙂 🙂 Facebook Facebook Reuse this content,View all comments > Ricardo111 Reply 8 Jan 2019 20:12 Share on Facebook Twitter Report Share on Facebook A number of years ago, a friend of mine here in New York witnessed a squirrel running up to a candy display at a newsstand, grabbing a Chunky candy bar, and then running off. So NYC squirrels are also perfecting the art of shoplifting. Share | Pick Twitter Share on Twitter Report gentleman2012 Share on Facebook 24 25 Nope what he is thinking is; I have to survive, I have to eat this crap, what happened to my forest? 9 10 17 18 Share on Twitter Report Twitter 8 Jan 2019 2:31 Twitter ChairmanDave Flatulentus Share Report | Pick 7 8 Report Share | Pick gadders Facebook Share on Twitter Spoilsports. “They can find their own food,” the department says, “which is healthier for them than human food.” Squirrels also sometimes bite people who try to feed them.Ungrateful wretches. Yes, but we don’t want them to become too tame. “Feeding a squirrel can make them less fearful of humans, which can also hurt them in the long run,” apparently.But now someone is buying them meals? Perhaps. Or maybe New York’s resourceful squirrels have begun taking human food for themselves.Are you accusing them of theft? I’m not going to comment on an ongoing investigation. But of course they might be stealing our unhealthy food deliberately in order to make us give them nuts and berries for free.That sounds unlikely. And risky. Have many squirrels visited their doctors with symptoms of diabetes? We have no smartphone evidence for that. But they are very intelligent, you know. They have been observed pretending to bury nuts to fool other squirrels.So now they will have to pretend that they are burying egg rolls? I guess.Wouldn’t it be cleverer to stop biting people? Maybe, but we sometimes bite them, too. Squirrel is a traditional meal in parts of the US, and you can buy wild squirrel meat in the UK.I don’t think I’d want to eat a squirrel that has been stealing city food. Maybe that’s part of the plan, too.Do say: “Squirrels are just rats with a PR department.”Don’t say: “I’ll have the Oreo-fed squirrel tartare, please.” Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 26 27 8 Jan 2019 2:33 Share Grey Squirrels are aliens, violence is the only language they understand. Report Share | Pick Share Facebook Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Jump to comment Share on Twitter Facebook 17 18 Spatchcock ‘em ! sqrl Share Facebook Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick Reply Twitter Facebook Reply 5 6 Facebook Reply Share Share on Twitter Share Share on Twitter asparagusnextleft 8 Jan 2019 4:20 Twitter ThereisnoOwl Reply Share on Facebook Or maybe New York’s resourceful squirrels have begun taking human food for themselves. Flatulentus Reason (optional) Share on Facebook Reply Facebook Facebook oldcocklinnet | Pick SirCoxoneDodd Reply OneAnotherName Twitter 8 Jan 2019 18:56 Share on Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Basil Brush. | Pick Report | Pick Share via Email 48 49 Marshallofcharlton Share on Twitter Reply Reply Read more 8 Jan 2019 15:33 | Pick Flatulentus 8 Jan 2019 5:22 Juicylicious asparagusnextleft Facebook Facebook Report Touche, have a uppitytick. Reply | Pick Share Don’t forget the rats… Facebook Sign up for Lab Notes – the Guardian’s weekly science update You got a Guardian pick for this? Who is the Guardian Picker, the Head Grey Squirrel? Oh… Rick and Morty got this right. Twitter Twitter Reply asparagusnextleft | Pick Share on Twitter CitizenWise Share on Facebook oldest Share Share on Facebook Report Love squirrels – in cities, they and the ducks are the closest we get to wildlife. Report Share on Twitter They say animals don’t worry, they’re living on nuts and berries, They think they know what’s best, they’re making fools of us. Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report Philkin99 | Pick Share on Twitter | Pick Share Share | Pick 8 Jan 2019 10:27 Reply Share Twitter Report Facebook Reply Share on Facebook Report Share 1 2 0 1 Report First there was pizza rat, now the egg roll- and avocado-loving squirrels are the city’s latest social media stars … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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PunCrock Share on Twitter 14 15 I got heavied up on by a squirrel. Was passing through the communal gardens where I live, the squirrel jumped down in front of me and stood up glaring at me. I swear it was glaring. I moved to the right, it moved to the right. I moved to the left, it moved to the left. Right left right left. The furry little beast wouldn’t let me pass. I threw a small stone at it, it moved then but only on to the fencing. I went past it close to the far side of the path keeping my eye on it, it sat on the fence watching me all the way, it was still watching me when I was at the bottom of the path. Maybe it was used to the local kids offering it food and had come to see offerings as its due. This little scrap of a fur ball was a determined scrounger. Veltatecla Share on Twitter CitizenWise daisydaisyb Reply Share on Pinterest Facebook Facebook CitizenWise gentleman2012 8 Jan 2019 8:45 Report Reply Share on Facebook Reply Are these NY squirrels greyzing? Report Share on Facebook AngrySkeptic | Pick Twitter Twitter 8 Jan 2019 17:07 8 Jan 2019 3:48 Guardian Pick Share on Facebook Share on Facebook eggchase Share on Facebook 6 7 Twitter Facebook 4 5 | Unpick | Pick 8 Jan 2019 5:59 He mentioned them towards the end of the song. “Maybe we’ll do in a squirrel or two”. Share on Facebook 3 4 Veltatecla 10 11 9 Jan 2019 5:55 Report Reply 5 6 Ricardo111 | Pick Report Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook I was once bitten by a duck. True story. I was on a school trip to Ironbridge Gorge Museum, we were eating our sandwiches next to a group of ducks and one duck decided I wasn’t parting with sufficient sandwich filling to feed it and it bit me. Reply Share on Facebook Report Facebook 3 4 Share on Twitter Facebook Share | Pick Share Share Reply 1 2 Reply AngrySkeptic Share Report Report Share on Twitter 8 Jan 2019 9:03 Share on Facebook Share I’m sure as an American in Oz I would be doing the same for your wildlife! Reply Twitter I’ve fed squirrels malteazers.They really liked them. I’m going to give them Smarties and Reece’s Pieces next. RP’s have got peanuts in so it’s allowed. Reply Show 1 more reply Show 4 more replies Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter 7 8 8 Jan 2019 8:42 | Pick Share on Facebook 8 Jan 2019 4:36 11 12 Share on Facebook Where has the government hidden its proposal in this squirrel? Twitter Report Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Report Eradicating the grey squirrel in Europe will not make the species extinct. Britain would have something to gain by trapping and killing grey squirrels. They can then be exported to The USA to feed those who like to eat squirrel. And Britain will survive Brexit. I think it’s called a “win win situation”. It bit you with… oh that’s right, birds don’t have teeth. So it didn’t bite you. It may’ve powerfully nipped you with its bill, but it didn’t bite. Squirrels bite, ducks don’t. Now back to our usual programme… | Pick | Pick Report Reply 8 Jan 2019 21:31 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Any squirrel wanting to upstage pizza-rat would need to be filmed dragging a piece of food several times its size in a seemingly against all odds effort and actually succeed. Pizza-rat didn’t have glamour to help him to startdom, he didn’t have a cute fluffy tail or a lovely food nibbling technique. All that pizza-rat had was sheer, pure, unadulterated Grit, and no artsy-farty fluffy-tail-sporting oreo-nibbling squirrel can dethrone that! Twitter | Pick MilanRenaud Show 5 more replies Share on Twitter 5 6 | Pick Or the cockroaches, lice and bedbugs. I think we get even closer to them. Facebook Like rats and seagulls, Friend. Even my cat doesn’t shoplift. And she’s on the other side of the law. Unfortunately. Share on Twitter Report Twitter Can we have a Guardian article on how red squirrels are becoming extinct, now that we have had an article on how grey squirrels are eating fancy-pants food? mmm avocado and egg roll. 3 4 Share 8 Jan 2019 2:10 | Pick Twitter 41 42 Facebook Share on Facebook Share 8 Jan 2019 2:47 Facebook Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share Reply Animal behaviour Share Pass notes Share on Twitter Share on Facebook mdogg26 Report 1 2 Report Reply Report Share Report Flatulentus HippoMan Twitter 8 Jan 2019 2:47 Share on Facebook Reply Share | Pick Share 0 1 eggchase Squinfluencers Share on Twitter 8 Jan 2019 12:59 Share on Facebook Flatulentus 9 Jan 2019 2:02 as Australian tourists unused to squirrels we tend to be fascinated when we see them – ‘aw – so cute !’ – and have to stop and photograph their antics leaping across the grass and zip-clambering up tree trunks meanwhile local folk walk by without stopping – regarding them as rats with fluffy tails … sqrl Threads collapsed Twitter mdogg26 | Pick Share on Twitter HippoMan Share Twitter daisydaisyb 8 Jan 2019 6:29 Facebook Twitter Reply Share Share on Twitter ThereisnoOwl Flatulentus 9 Jan 2019 3:01 Ricardo111 Cussutduck Twitter Reply 9 Jan 2019 1:14 5 6 Twitter CitizenWise Reply Share Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Show 2 more replies I just read a report on how many supposed herbivores don’t hesitate to tuck in if they come across an animal carcass. In the north, squirrels hunt lemmings to eat their brains, snowshoe hares will eat other rabbits, and we know songbirds love suet in the bird feeder. Report Share on Facebook Reply I once got mugged by an emu. Damned thing grabbed the sandwich right out of my hand and gave me the stink eye, to boot. In NYC they’ll often visit a fast food stall with a friendly proprietor and, using sign language, order their favourite snack – acorn fritter. If you go trekking in a forest you might even be lucky enough to glimpse one cooking its own fritters; if so, you’ve spotted a frying squirrel. Lucywestie 8 Jan 2019 14:17 Facebook AngrySkeptic alexito New York Ricardo111 MPMRommel loopine Pass nuts, shurly? Share Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook Facebook Reply Reply 2 3 Facebook rouputuan MPMRommel My dogs kill squirrels and eat them. Scprice 2 3 Share Report 8 Jan 2019 9:00 8 Jan 2019 Throw in some bananas and peanut butter and you’d have an Elvis mid-morning snack | Pick Share on Twitter Share Report Genocidal little freaks. They can eat delicacies all they like in New York, but here they are eradicating the red squirrel which does not have the luxury of having a picnic with avocadoes and egg rolls like something out of a Beatrix Potter book, ironically. Share AngrySkeptic Report 2 3 Share on Facebook | Pick Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 0 1 Report loopine 8 Jan 2019 2:49 8 Jan 2019 7:27 8 Jan 2019 9:15 Share Reply 2 3 More to the point, the raccoons have got distemper. Facebook Guardian pickers cannot be fathomed, except that they do not pick the controversial. Beyond that, they are unpredictable. It might be part of their charm. Or not. 8 Jan 2019 3:20 cuccir Share on Twitter AngrySkeptic 5 6 Last modified on Tue 8 Jan 2019 05.17 EST | Pick Eating fancy foods? Or red squirrels becoming extinct? Share on Twitter Share Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Facebook 8 Jan 2019 5:56 Pass the egg roll: a squirrel stops for a bite in Madison Square Park, New York.Photograph: Katrin Ten Eikelder/EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm Twitter Show 1 more reply Reply Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook 3 4 8 Jan 2019 2:32 Twitter 8 Jan 2019 4:23 | Pick Twitter Share on Twitter features Voltan Report cerises | Pick 4 5 Would that be because they are indigenous to the USA, but a danger to the UK’s own native squirrel population? Share Report Report | Unpick Twitter Twitter Twitter 8 9 | Pick Share on Facebook Show 4 more replies 13 14 Share on Facebook starcent PunCrock 8 Jan 2019 6:31 Share on Twitter daisydaisyb 3 4 Report Report 32 33 Facebook Social media 1 2 You folks are probably fairly blasé about kangaroos though, compared to N. Americans. Share on Twitter | Pick 3 4 Share on Facebook | Pick Twitter I don’t think they actually eradicate red squirrels on purpose.Humans introduced them on purpose, though, and are the only ones having “genocidal” thoughts about them. Twitter Twitter Reply Flatulentus Share Jump to comment Reply Facebook Share on Facebook Mon 7 Jan 2019 12.38 EST Share on Facebook Reply I ate squirrel once. You might be expecting that it tasted like chicken; actually it was a little bit like greggs vegan sausage roll. Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. 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Share on Messenger Share on Twitter 8 Jan 2019 5:46 Report 2 3 Facebook 8 Jan 2019 3:03 8 Jan 2019 8:20 48 49 Report Share on Facebook unthreaded 1 Twitter Share Reply Share on Facebook I’m not saying my vegan friend Frank is overweight, but when he went camping to the States recently, the squirrels hid their own food. Share Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook Buscar01 Share Caffeine laced peanuts + Squirrels = New Definition of Terrorism. | Pick 8 Jan 2019 22:59 Twitter Reply HippoMan “A number of years ago”…. “A friend of mine” Uh huh. I believe you. Guardian Pick Share on Twitter Report | Pick I’m not saying my vegan friend Frank is overweight, but when he went camping to the States recently, the squirrels hid their own food. 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We used to like to give them to pigeons when I was young in order to watch them racing around playing beak ball (like soccer but more entertaining and with no self absorbed overpaid managers). My mother stopped us, saying it was cruel, but it wasn’t. They would normally break the Malteser within ca. 2o seconds or so and hence got their reward: ball bearings would have been cruel. Facebook Report Since you’re here… crackling I got mugged by a NYC squirrel. | Pick They don’t do it on purpose, but they do unpurposefully. Yes we humans are responsible but alea jacta est. Either we accept that red squirrels are to be eradicated, or we try to stop it. Either way, a species of squirrels will, by the hand of mankind, be rendered extinct. In the case of grey squirrels, in Europe. Not North America. In the case of red squirrels, everywhere. Shall we have two species of squirrel or one? Either way, we decide as humans (or have decided). Do you want two species of squirrel to exist or a single one to? Share Facebook Beak ball. Dude that is out there, I love the sound of that. I want to see that for myself. I once threw a prowling Herring Gull the lemon slice I got with my prawn baguette. It caught it before it hit the ground but spat it out PDQ. It didn’t defacate on me from high afterwards so it wasn’t that bothered. | Pick bobbymac1956 Share Facebook Marshallofcharlton Seventeen years ago, I came across a baby squirrel lying lifeless on a path – when I went to move it, the “corpse” woke up and bit my index finger through to the bone on either side. Although I managed to separate the now fully-revived squirrel from my profusely bleeding digit I’m pretty sure I was left with secret squirrel powers. My nose twitches, I regularly nibble food with both hands and often climb trees to escape predators (ok, I made the last bit up). At least NYC seem to respect their grey squirrely chums – they’re not trying to wipe them out like parts of the UK…. Share Twitter My squirrel bit the missus… and drinks beer…. little bastard. 1 2 Share gmolesworth loopine Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report Reply 8 Jan 2019 2:07 Twitter Facebook Unfunniest Pass Notes in ages. Is the Guardian outsourcing copy to the US now? Any squirrel wanting to upstage pizza-rat would need to be filmed dragging a piece of food several times its size in a seemingly against all odds effort and actually succeed. Pizza-rat didn’t have glamour to help him to startdom, he didn’t have a cute fluffy tail or a lovely food nibbling technique. All that pizza-rat had was sheer, pure, unadulterated Grit, and no artsy-farty fluffy-tail-sporting oreo-nibbling squirrel can dethrone that! | Pick Share on Facebook Facebook 50 Share on Facebook alexito Share on Twitter newest Report Twitter 8 Jan 2019 8:36 Twitter Share Squirrels also sometimes bite people who try to feed them. Facebook Name: New York squirrels.Also known as: The eastern gray squirrel.Appearance: Plump, fluffy, disarmingly cute.So this has nothing to do with the proto-punk band the New York Dolls? No. They were none of those things.They were quite fluffy. This is literally about the squirrels that live in New York City.Oh, good. What have they been up to now, the little rascals? Scampering up trees? Nibbling nuts that they hold in both paws? Nibbling yes, but not nuts.What then? First an avocado, then an egg roll and now an Oreo cookie. All recorded on people’s smartphone and uploaded to social media. They are all internet famous now.So there are squirrel influencers? How intriguing. Did they spread the avocado on a charcoal croissant? Do Instagram squirrels offer tips on fur-care? No. Although one New York squirrel did eat a croissant in 2015, in an attempt to upstage the famous pizza rat, arguably New York’s first rodent influencer. And where are they getting these tasty snacks from? We don’t yet know how they are getting hold of these delicious dishes, but the New York parks department advises people not to feed them directly. Animal behaviour | Pick Report 2 3 8 Jan 2019 18:20 Juicylicious Twitter 2 3 Reply Share on Twitter Facebook Facebook Twitter Reply Twitter 9 Jan 2019 1:12 8 Jan 2019 2:38 Facebook Share on Twitter 8 Jan 2019 5:18 Cussutduck Email (optional) expanded Reply View more commentslast_img

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