12 Photos of Fast and Cheerful Squirrel Sue

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1. Hello, I'm a city squirrel Sue

I got this short name because I’m fast and nippy. Names such as Cleopatra or Eleanor are for a different kind of girls, though. I live in a city park, but most of my cousins live in a forest near the village. I often visit them in the summer, because it became terribly hot in the city. Since many big trees have been cut, there is no more deep shade, so I can’t go out for most of the day. I am seriously thinking of buying an air conditioner. And our park used to be the most beautiful in the summer. It was so vivid...

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2. I adore the greenery of my park

Children used to play in the shade of the trees, old people used to relax on the benches and there used to be plenty of food, at least for us, squirrels. I don’t like the new look of the park at all, but what can I do. It’s still my home. Cousins invited me to come to them, but I couldn’t do that. I got used to people - to Mary, the ice cream seller, John, the guy who arranges beautiful roses and bushes, to couples in love, cheerful kids… But I have to admit that there are fewer and fewer people in the park, just like trees. There are no more children running through the grass and playing with a ball, no more couples lying on the grass. Unfortunately, some people took care of making so many concrete paths, lanes, walls and even completely concreted parts. I wish they haven’t done that. They didn’t have to make that much effort and spend all that money on us, squirrels. John is already doing a great job! And if shoes get a little dirty, it’s not the end of the world, right?

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3. Oh, I'm so quick and nimble!

As I've already said, we are very quick and skilled. We jump so fast from one branch to another that people often don’t even notice us. We get a lot of help from our beautiful, lavish tail in keeping the balance. We spend most of our time on the trees, but we go down sometimes and run through the grass, past the John’s beautiful roses or walk the path which is sometimes very unpleasant for our gentle skin. Lawn is far more comfortable. Whenever we’re awake, we collect food and carry it to our storage, because we always want to be ready for the winter.

Of course, we have a quick snack along the way - hey, we have to be sure of what are we keeping for winter! We dry mushrooms and little pieces of fruit for days - especially strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. We also collect pinecones, hazelnuts, walnuts, acorns, dog roses, flowers, insects, snails, caterpillars, even carrions which makes us very useful. Maybe you won’t like this, but we collect bird eggs sometimes because they are very nutritious, usually in spring when we need a lots of energy with (and for) our babies.

I reluctantly confess that sometimes we bite tree bark a little, so it may happen that the tree gets dry :(. That’s why woodmen don’t like us, but we are doing that only when there is no food, as a result of droughts or long winters. Sometimes a year is really rough and there is very little food. But we, female squirrels, have the ability to put off our maternity for some better, happier days. :)

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4. My social life

I don’t know what is your opinion on squirrels after this, but we are not really that bad. And we are pretty friendly. Many people love us and keep us as family members. Some call that ‘being a pet’ but I prefer ‘being a family member’. Actually, I don’t understand how someone can be a pet of a building, house, hen house... Where is the familiarity in that and where are the sincere feelings? With people who honestly love us, we live freely, on the tree in their garden, we come on their balcony to have a little talk and a quick snack. They even let us in the house to play with them, to jump from one shoulder to another while they are watching one of those soaps that make them breathless and motionless until the commercials, so they don’t miss a look of a main actor's face or a sigh of an actress. But they do not keep us in the cages, behind the bars. Well, who would like to be in prison?

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5. I'm very popular

There are many species of squirrels, and all of us are adorable. Many authors wrote about us, such as Felix Saltena in his stories about Perri and her playmate Porro. They were published in 1938, and screened later in 1957. Those who are adults now must have watched the movie or read about this cute squirrel. That's a wonderful way of discovering the world and the squirrels! We were favorite models for many painters and photographers, such as Holger Bücker​, the man I was posing to. Am I a great actress or a model? Do I have a face that camera simply loves?

Oh, thank you for thinking I’m cute! But would you love me if I told you that I’m a rodent, just like a mouse, rat, beaver, porcupine, hamster, rabbit, porpoise, capybara, marmot…? In my opinion, we should be thankful to people who presented us in the best way by giving us good features in books, movies and TV commercials. That makes people like us. Do you like rats? Or do they freak you out? 

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